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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 six 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 Detroit and Pontiac. 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

91 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Beyond Basics is a wonderful organization! The programs are helpful and inspiring for the kids in the communities and schools Beyond Basics serves. I think it is a great organization that helps kids read in 6 to 10 weeks! Literacy is important to be successful. Beyond Basics puts words into actions by changing the future of the kids they help!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization to become involved with. Giving children opportunities by tutoring those struggling to read. It is very rewarding to help Beyond Basics do what they do best, teach children to read.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have recently become aware of Beyond Basics and am so impressed with the mission of the organization. They truly do what they say they'll do - get kids reading at grade level in as little as six weeks! As an avid reader myself, I can't imagine a world without books being an open door. Wonderful organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beyond Basics has been a great partner. We are delighted with the staff!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone in this organization works hard to bring literacy to Detroit and Pontiac students. It was a pleasure being part of a team when it was easy and convenient for me! I would encourage others to volunteer and donate!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my second school year volunteering weekly with the children at the Woodside Pontiac Dream Center. It has been a most positive experience for me, exceeding my expectations. The dedication to the children by the Beyond Basics people and the staff of the Woodside Dream Center is consistent and tangible. These respectful kids are receptive to instruction, direction and any food there is to eat! There seem to be more and more children each week receiving not only help with reading and writing but being fed, loved and given guidance in living life through on the spot counseling and team sports like basketball. The parents or guardians almost always are picking up happy energized young people at the end of the session. These are just my observations one evening a week! I believe the Dream Center is open 7 days a week. Lord willing, I hope to be a part of this work for a long, long time. - Deb McCormick