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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

123 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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization doing great things for children!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beyond Basics continues to help students even when schools are shut down. They put together a great virtual literacy program and are able to connect with students when they aren't in the classroom. It is wonderful to see that their students can keep working toward their literacy plans. Such a dedicated organization!

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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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beyond Basics is a wonderful program that provides literacy opportunities and help for so many people of all ages. Really devoted staff and caring tutors! An amazing organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beyond Basics does an amazing coat drive every year for the children in Detroit. They get hundreds and hundreds of coats donated, and it is so great to volunteer for that initiative.
I love seeing the pictures of the children when they receive their new coats.

Beyond Basics is so great for the students in Detroit. They literacy program is top notch!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work Beyond Basics does is amazing, without the ability to read everyday life becomes almost impossible. Beyond Basics is working to close the literacy gap and get kids reading through proven ono-on-one intensive tutoring. Seeing the difference Beyond Basics makes in a child's life is truly amazing.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The staff and volunteers at Beyond Basics are beyond passionate! They truly believe that the literacy gap is the root of all social injustice. They bridge the gap by providing intense one on one tutoring two students in vulnerable communities.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is such an amazing organization and the work that they do is life changing! I have seen it first hand how a life was changed through learning to read. Keep up the great work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Blessed is the work of this 501C3 called Beyond Basics!!
It starts at the top with the passionate, compassionate and energetic President and Co-founder Pamela Good.
Beyond Basics is such an extraordinary gift to children who struggle to read.
Beyond Basics is this child-centered , literacy focused, one-on-one interaction between student and their tutor using one hour a day a customized curriculum in getting a student to read in 6-10 weeks.
It is so awesome to see these children become so free in their lives, move forward, and find the life they so desperately want and deserve..
I have been so privledged and grateful to have learned about this wonderful academic organization, to be able to share with so many individuals who may not know that illiteracy is the most "solvable disability". Thank you to Pam and her vision to help those in need!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beyond Basics does an amazing job getting students in the metro Detroit area literate. It is such a big job to take on and their commitment to it is impressive.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to volunteer with this Organization and the work they are doing within the community is amazing!

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 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

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!

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I volunteer at a DPS school that Beyond Basics services. I cannot say enough about their programs nor the people who work for them.
They use an excellent reading program to tutor the children. The one on one tutor/student relationship is a huge factor in their success.
I could go on and on. tutoring may be the major piece of their work but their additional programs build up literacy as well. Five plus stars!

Kyle D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I served as a weekly reading and writing volunteer at Barbara Jordan Elementary School in Detroit. It was my job to help students with their writing projects — and through a focused effort, we made that happen.

The Beyond Basics directors were friendly, courteous, helpful, and gave all of us volunteers solid direction to best assist the children.

In the past, I've volunteered with other organizations that felt self-serving — yet Beyond Basics is quite the opposite. True altruism. No self-congratulory pats on the back or expensive dinners. Just hard work and grit.

Volunteers work directly with the students, and are encouraged to use their individual strengths to connect with their students. It is not a rigid, stodgy program and drew lots of professionals to lend a hand. I have recommended this program to every colleague of mine looking to lend a hand.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered 2 years at Thirkell elementary and it was truly a wonderful and fulfilling experience working with the BB staff and students. This program had truly inspired kids at Thirkell to read and It was amazing to see the same kids increase their vocabulary and show immense interest in reading. Beyond Basics...Keep up the good work!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I volunteered earlier this year for Beyond Basics Reading Buddies. The program was great and met very friendly staff. They do a good job helping kids find things they like in school and get them motivated.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for Beyond Basics last year and truly enjoyed my experience at Burton Elementary. Reading and creating stories with children is such a reward. Jessie runs things for the program at the school and always brings such positive energy. She has done a great job making these programs come alive for the children and for us volunteers. Looking forward to this year. Thank you Beyond Basics.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for Beyond Basics is an easy and rewarding way to make a difference in the lives of kids who could benefit from a little extra help. The hours are flexible, so I can volunteer around my work and school schedule.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Beyond Basics last year at an elementary/middle school in Detroit as the role of "Reading Buddies". What an amazing organization Beyond Basics is. You can tell that these volunteers have a real passion for what they do and really do make a massive impact on all of those who they come in contact with. Seeing how much the kids improve by sitting with volunteers, reading, and having fun with their daily tasks is amazing. This organization should not go unrecognized. I strongly recommend anyone and everyone to be apart of this team.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am just beginning to volunteer at Beyond Basics but love the chance to make a difference with one time or infrequent activities. So many programs have one day a year or you need to commit to a set schedule. My life is sporadic and this programs appreciates what I can do each time. I know I will volunteer more often as I so respect this program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have valued my time not only working in the office with staff but also in the schools with children. So few volunteer opportunities offer so many options, including the chance to work one-on-one with a student. The results of the Beyond Basics reading model are compelling. I am thrilled to be involved on so many levels, but there is nothing like the delight in a child’s eyes when he or she realizes he or she can truly and confidently read.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the publishing center at Burton Elementary, and the Give Kids a Hand event. It's always really fun to volunteer for this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm volunteering at Thirkell Hill Elementary for the first time. I feel it a great opportunity to contribute for the community. I would definitely volunteer again next year. It is a great program provided by Beyond Basics.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I really enjoyed my experience with Beyond Basics, interacting and building something with the kids. The experience was probably as enriching for me as it was for the kids.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We were part of an art project, working with 2nd graders on how they perceived their greatness. My first young man, felt his greatness when he played basketball, sometimes playing with his 2 year old brother. My second young man said he felt great when he biked with his Dad, and he wanted to help others as a police officer when he grew up.

It was a great day, to work with kids in visioning their greatness in their current life and in their future adult life. Placing that feeling of greatness into artwork, to be placed in our office at a later date as an art exhibit. The children were eager to have outsiders be a part of their day, and it was awesome to see what happens in the Detroit Public Schools, compared to our own hometown schools, and what makes these teachers click in educating our DPS scholars. I look forward to viewing how my 2 young scholars finish out their artwork in color. Thanks for a great day!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my first time and felt very happy.programs organized by BEYOND BASICS very help full to the kids and changing their lives.I really appreciate the work they are doing and they have excellent and professional staff.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beyond Basics is a dynamic program that everyone should support! I really appreciate the work they are doing and I can see that it is really making a difference. I'm really enjoying my volunteer day getting to work directly with the students. The program facilitators are awesome and I can see that they really care about helping the students. I would like to come back soon to support.