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Beyond Basics

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Beyond Basics works to change the destinies of students’ lives by guiding and supporting at-risk children in grades K-12 through literacy, literacy-enrichment and community partnership programs. Through intensive one-on-one tutoring by trained staff, we get children reading at grade level in just 4 to 14 weeks.

Target demographics: Beyond Basics works to help at-risk youth develop in mind and spirit—nurturing their abilities, self-confidence and the impact that they will one day have on their communities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 7,451 students (including students in Brazil, India, Philippines and South Africa through the Beyond Basics International Art & Writing Project).

Geographic areas served: Public schools in Metro Detroit. Our reach extends internationally through the International Art & Writing Project.

Programs: -- “Read to Rise” reading program: We provide one-on-one, intensive, on-site tutoring services to students in grades K-12 during regular school hours. Our students work with a trained tutor for one hour sessions on a regular schedule, promoting trust and consistency. 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 to help hone their reading skills. -- Expanding Horizons: 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. -- The International Art & Writing Project: Through use of art and writing, this program reinforces literacy, encourages creativity and fosters students’ awareness and understanding of each other and the world around them.

Community Stories

112 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Beyond Basics is truly an answer to prayer. Our teenage son was extremely behind in his reading and having issues with reading comprehension. He hated school, felt dumb and was incredibly stressed as he talked about wanting to quit school.

Beyond Basics worked with him for four hours a week, in one hour increments. They were able to increase his reading level by 4.5 years in ONLY 5.5 months. Yes - he improved by 4.5 years in 5.5 months!

Our son now feels confident and much better about himself. Beyond Basics has given him hope and a future and he is now actively setting goals and objectives that he would not have been able to achieve if he were still reading at his previous reading level.

We are very grateful and impressed with the great teaching that Beyond Basics offers. This is an amazing, incredible organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beyond Basics is an extraordinary organization that cares for their students. Not only do they get children in vulnerable communities literate, they also provide coats and books to them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beyond Basics does great things for children and the community as a whole!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love the great things this organization does to help kids!

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What Beyond Basics does for children is amazing - wish you all the best!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the first time, a year ago, we volunteered at Beyond Basics without much information because we had to somewhere and this year we are coming back because we want to! After learning more about their mission and incredible track record, we are privileged to assist in a small way in their effort. We hope Beyond Basics continues to reach out to as many children as possible, locally and globally, to achieve a profound effect through literacy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our department, as part of our organization's Making A Difference Day 2018 first visited Beyond Basics in Southfield and were impressed such that we are going to participate in the 2019 volunteer day next month at this non-profit. Last year we enjoyed working with the arts program and learned all that Beyond Basics does with its reading tutor program with Detroit schools. As reading proficiency is a life long skill once learned, preparing young students with one on one tutoring is key to partnering with school opportunities. Beyond Basics is performing this as a key part of its non-profit programs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our organization has been volunteering with Beyond Basics since 2010. Great staff, wonderful program, and a great relationship with Detroit schools!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization gets results, and truly makes an impact in the lives of Children! Watching the transformation in the students literacy level is amazing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I volunteered I did not expect to be impacted in such a large way. It was really eye opening to see the impact this program is making on kids of all ages. What they are doing for the community is not just “tutoring” them on how to read but setting them up with a life skill that will have a positive impact on not only their personal life currently, but also the generation that will follow after.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beyond Basics gives so many wonderful opportunities to students along with getting them literate! I loved working with the students to write stories that would be published in their own book. This is an amazing organization that truly cares about students!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beyond Basics is a great organization that helps local students become better readers. I have been volunteering at the Southfield office since 2017 and look forward to supporting them for years to come.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sharing the gift and potential that reading literacy offers people is the heart of BEYOND BASICS. ❤️ Their positive efforts are a powerful change-maker for GOOD!
I am an enthusiastic volunteer, donor and passionate supporter of BEYOND BASICS!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beyond Basics has a proven reputation for delivering quality learning and literacy skills to students in the greater Detroit area. Additionally, the annual Coat Drive augments the program and ensures students are provided care which extends beyond the classroom.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beyond Basics is a great organization! Their mission to help struggling students to become literate is amazing. They go into the schools, and work with students one on one to get them to their grade level in reading. In a community that has such low literacy rates, this organization is trying to solve an issue that is so important. I love volunteering to help those students!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am volunteer with Beyond Basic,I started March 2018.Beyond Basic provides many services & changes for student lives.I admire the relationship as a great team to work with for the passionated ,committed & dedication to improve students lives.To witness such a great organization; Beyond Basic stand by their Mission and Core Valves.,,
Thank You for letting me be apart.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Beyond Basics is an organization worthy of ongoing support and endorsement. As an advocate for literacy, and as a stepping stone to personal and social success, the Beyond Basics program has a proven track record of changing lives. Committed to the success of each individual, the program tailors its approach and cadence to students who otherwise might fall behind due to a multitude of reasons and helps them overcome and succeed by meeting their most basic of needs - belief in them, their potential, and a commitment to "show up" for them no matter how difficult a circumstance.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beyond Basics is an amazing organization that helps gets students reading that are in areas of extreme poverty. I love that they do a coat drive, and as a volunteer, I find it rewarding to help get coats to those students in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've followed Beyond Basics for some time now and one thing that sticks out to me is their ability to connect. I admire the relationships they cultivate with school staff, corporate partners, and of course, their students. It's a man excellent model and should be replicated around the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got a chance to watch the PBS special on Beyond Basics last year I believe, and I was immensely impressed. Not only does their curriculum work, but their tutors are passionate and seem to serve as mentors for the youth they serve. I am honored to spread the work about impact they're making daily.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met a young man who was in the program. He was in 12th grade & throughout his entire HS experience, he had trouble reading. He joined the program & got the time type of attention he needed to become a better reader. He & his reading tutor built a strong relationship & that relationship carried over into his learning. Today he is out of HS but he no longer reads at a 3rd grade anymore. Beyond Basics went Beyond for that young brother.