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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

113 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I’ve had the privilege to work with, represent and promote Beyond Basics Literacy Organization, since 2013 in many capacities; as a graduate of the proven and structured Certified Tutor program, as a Fund Raising Event Advocate and Volunteer among corporate business Sponsors, as a Business Development/Marketing Partner, as a Children’s Book Publishing Coach and Summer Books Programs Distributor, as a Donator, and as an organizer of Funds and Books donations. Beyond Basics is a truly grounded team of hard-working leaders with a clear and valuable mission of Changing the Destiny of Children’s lives, and positively impacting Communities through Literacy and Education. I’m honored to be part of such a passionate team that works tirelessly to raise Reading Grade Levels, of over 7,500 struggling students, by years, within a compressed four to fourteen-week proven curriculum. Beyond Basics exposes children, on an international level, to graduated learning through Masters of Arts and Book Publishing programs as well. Beyond Basics believes in working closely with multiple school staff and Administrations to promote one/one consistent Mentorship to help raise each individual’s self-esteem, confidence, and to empower participants to create their own unique visions to reach their fullest potentials and positively impact their communities. Beyond Basics teams up with leading edge Partners, like the Detroit Youth Boxing Gym and collaboratively created the Books Before Boxing mission. It was especially an exciting Honor to serve as a Host for the Grand Opening of Beyond Basic’s Family Literacy Center at the historical Durfee Innovation Society (DIS) in 2018, which was named one of the first ENVision Center’s in America by Dr. Ben Carson, US Secretary of Housing & Urban Development. Families in search of resources and coaching to obtain GED’s, college preparatory testing and healthy life activities, can find them with Beyond Basics at Durfee. This location is also a collaboration with General Motors, many other generous Sponsors, and other local Non-Profits. Beyond Basics is an extraordinary organization focusing on the heart of change! Together we Move the Motor City!

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!

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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.

Donor

Rating: 5

I recently spent the morning touring a couple of schools that Beyond Basics works with. I was very impressed with their program and the work that they are doing. It seems such a simple thing to learn to read and yet so many children in poor or underserved communities are missing out. Literacy is a truly impactful gift. And I love that they don't stop with teaching a child or young adult to read but they also engage them in other ways and show them that they are valued! Keep up the great work!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beyond Basics is a great organization that is dedicated to helping children reach their potential in literacy. This organization uses tutoring programs in the schools they can go into to help reach as many children as they can. They do book drives, activities, and mystery readers to get more children involved. Often times Beyond Basics can raise the reading levels of a student by one or more grade levels. Which is tremendous improvement. They help these children get ready for the world and life outside of school through their literacy efforts. Beyond Basics has already changed the lives of so many children through tutoring programs and enrichment programs.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked closely with this organization. I admire how much they enjoy what they do every single day. They genuinely care for the children and try to touch as many kids in every school they can go into. This organization is going to help make the children literate and able to get through life with a better outcome than they would without the tutoring efforts. Many children are behind their grade level in reading but Beyond Basics raises them by one grade level sometimes even more. Its incredible how they can help raise these students reading level so quickly. What they are doing for the children of Detroit is spectacular.

Donor

Rating: 5

I recently, came across Beyond Basics and did research on them and their mission. I like how they are trying to teach and support the children in Detroit to make for a better future for them. They use their tutoring programs to get these students literate. They bring them up to grade level and sometimes even higher. It is amazing to see how passionate they are towards helping these students. I couldn't be happier to say I help support this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Beyond Basics is that they are a passionate organization determined to change the lives of children through their reading tutoring programs. When you meet the President of the organization, Pamela Good, you can just sense and hear how passionate and driven she is to the cause and being able to help these children learn to read and gain the confidence to pursue their goals and dreams in life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with the Beyond Basics staff. My experience with this organization is that they are truly passionate about helping children in anyway they can. They don't just tutor the children in literacy, they also give them a one on one relationship with their tutor. This not only gives the children a tutor but also a friend. Beyond Basics does some amazing things for children.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beyond Basics is an amazing non profit. They go above and beyond in their tutoring efforts to help students through their reading literacy programs. It is so amazing to be around this organization and witness how much they truly want to help the children of Detroit get literate. This is a huge problem for our society and this nonprofit is dedicated to finding ways to tutor and help these children.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This charity offers many underprivileged children that do not have a condusive educational environment within the public school sysytem. The staff at Beyond Basics all work extremely hard to give the children a new outlook on education and an opportunity and motivation to strive for success.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beyond Basics is a wonderful nonprofit organization with a wonderful team,that are truly dedicated to changing students lives,by helping them reach their goal to read on their proper reading level. I had the opportunity to volunteer for this organization,and I was very pleased with how much each Team Member put their hearts into their job. GO BEYOND BASICS!!!!!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Beyond Basics' reading program is impactful and is a value-add to each child it serves. For years its proven methods have helped students make significant progress in reading and writing proficiency. The organization's commitment to literacy overall is awe-inspiring and made possible by its donors, volunteers, partners, and school community. This organization is a gem to the city of Detroit and the surrounding area.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Beyond Basics' dedication to the children it serves is unmatched. There is something magical happening between the organization, including the many volunteers and partners, the community in the city of Detroit, and the surrounding area. The African proverb "It takes a village to raise a child" is in full motion here and is driven by the amazing work of Beyond Basics.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have seen the results of students who participated in the Beyond Basics tutoring program.
Not only have their reading proficiency improved,they also moved several grade levels in their reading abilities.Their self confidence skyrockets, and the mentoring relationship through the one-on -one tutoring builds the student's desire to want to succeed and do their best.
This program is phenomenal, Students are able to become readers in 6- 14 weeks.
This program is awesome!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Beyond Basics is a wonderful organization that is committed to meeting the needs of the whole child. Through their literacy programming the organization not only raises students' educational proficiency, but also increases their self value and desire to succeed. The students experience quality one-on-one interactions with staff and volunteers which leads to a high impact on student achievement and the overall success of the program.

Camille9

Advisor

Rating: 5

What beyond basics has done for me is incredible. It is a truly humbling experience to work along side such great mentors to help achieve such a wonderful goal.

Advisor

Rating: 5

It is amazing to see the change in the children that Beyond Basics works with. Beyond Basics gives children a brighter future and opens up their world to so many possibilties!