BEYOND BASICS

Rating: 4.9 stars   60 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education

Location: 18000 West Nine Mile Road, Suite 515 Southfield MI 48075 USA

Mission: Beyond Basics is a holistic program that brings targeted reading, writing, art, expanding horizons, outreach and mentoring programs to students in K-12th grades. Through intensive one-on-one reading tutoring, by trained staff, we get children reading at grade level in just 6 weeks!
Target demographics: Students develop fundamental education skills.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 7,451 students (including students in Brazil, India, Philippines and South Africa)
Geographic areas served: Detroit public schools
Programs: our “Read to Rise” reading program. We provide one-on-one, intensive, on-site tutoring services to elementary, middle and high school students (grades pre-K-12, depending on the school) during regular school hours. Our students work with a trained tutor for one hour sessions on a regular schedule promoting trust. This gives students the opportunity to focus on learning, without the distractions of overcrowded classrooms or disruptive home environments. The program also involves a large number of volunteer mentors or Reading Buddies, who assist the tutors by reading to or with the children giving students even more time to hone their reading skills. We have found that when the children come to Beyond Basics, they know they are there to learn, and they respond by giving their best efforts. In addition to tutoring, we provide a variety of experiences – art, writing, field trips, cultural and professional programs – to help students develop a multitude of tools for future success.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Beyond Basics is a wonderful organization with the long-term interests of the future of our country in mind. Education is the key to unlocking our potential and I believe Beyond Basics is the beginning to opening that door of potential. Their work is not just important it is a necessity. Its members are passionate, devoted and knowledgable about educational issues and how to solve them. A great organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more resources.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I've seen so much growth and outreach in the five years I've known Beyond Basics and its employees. The students and their families truly have life-changing experiences thanks to Beyond Basics. I've heard countless testimonies of adults being able to learn how to read their bible, high school students transitioning from high school at-risk to their college's Dean's List, and so much more. I'm constantly inspired by the people who work at Beyond Basics, who put the kids first and are always trying to expand their program's outreach.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire more people! They have huge visions and they could use even more volunteers, funds, and employees to make it happen.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had an opportunity to visit two schools that are part of Beyond Basics program, Burton and Thurkle. The delight in the children's eyes when the volunteers are working with them was enough to sell me on the benefit this program offers to children in the lowest performing schools in Detroit. Teachers in the schools are so thankful to have Beyond Basics in their schools and the students are eager to learn and attend the teaching programs. Students are proud of their accomplishments! Beyond Basics has given them skills to be successful in all areas of their lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Put this program in all schools where children are not performing at level they are able to.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

It's inspiring to see Beyond Basics helping so many kids. God bless Beyond Basics!!!

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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1 person found this review helpful

Beyond Basis is an amazing organization that is truly dedicated to teaching kids how to read. They are a life-changing non-profit that cares about each and every child they help. Beyond Basics is incredibly inspiring and continues to make positive differences in many kid's lives.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Beyond Basics is a wonderful organization that is lead by truly caring people that want to make a positive difference in the world. They have indeed done this with all of the children they have helped and I have faith that they will continue to do so for many years to come!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...seeing the positive impact this has on the children that need our help the most; the children that are often disregarded and overlooked.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...only suggest that more people volunteer!

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