November 20, 2012
I volunteered at Beyond Basics because a friend worked for them and said they needed someone to help them with their Art With The Masters program. After the first day of volunteering I wanted to do more! So in addition to helping with art I decided to be a Reading Buddy. Helping a student improve their reading ability was a life-altering experience! I still remember the first child I worked with and will always remember how amazing it felt when she lit up after realizing she was able to read words she was not able to read at the beginning of our session. In 30 minutes, she improved. That said a lot to me. After volunteering for about a school year, I decided to come on and become a Reading Tutor. I have seen drastic improvements in students reading abilities and their teachers have commented on how much better they are doing in class. They come in hesitant to read and by end of our time together, the students are more confident in themselves and are even interested in reading to others. Beyond Basics' approach to education is effective! Beyond Basics engages students and gives them numerous opportunities to hone skills they will need to advance in life and make a difference in their families and communities. Our main focus is literacy, but what makes the Beyond Basics method different is that it does not only encourage academic achievement, it fosters self-discovery, creative self-expression, curiosity, self-respect and responsibility. Whatever Beyond Basics is doing, the students are always BEGGING to be a part of it because they always walk away learning something new. I recommend Beyond Basics to anyone who is looking to make a direct impact on the future of the city of Detroit.
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