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Literacy And Beyond

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Literacy and Beyond's mission is to improve the reading skills and educational outcomes of at-risk children and their families in addition to addressing the non-academic barriers that hinder their success.

Results: Since 2015, we have given away 12,857 books to build the home libraries of at-risk elementary school children. Our GED prep students have passed 20 individual GED tests during the 2016-17 program year, and we have had 5 students complete their GED requirements to receive high school equivalency diplomas.

Target demographics: at-risk children and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 1,000 students each year with free books and educational support

Geographic areas served: St. Clair County, MI

Programs: Books 4 Kids, School Supplies 4 Kids, 2GEN GED Prep for Parents and Children Together

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As the first graduate of this program. Fall Class of 2017. This was one of the best experiences in my life. Not only was i able to finally get my diploma i was able to get my children a hint of education too while they stayed in child care. It really helped me achive what i needed to get done.
As a bonus, The staff is AMAZING!! always happy and cheerful makes it hard to want to leave when your finished. They are very helpful and very possitive on your success and will do what it takes to help you understand the work anf anything else you need. God bless this program and thank you for being here for women and mothers who really want to finish.

1 Brandy F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Literacy and Beyond is the most amazing place I have ever been to learn subjects to get my ged. I tried a few times before and couldn’t finish. Everyone at Literacy and Beyond has the best motivation system to help us young ladies succeed!!! I’m very happy I came here. Every teacher/tutor is so attentive and knows what to do and how to help. Thank you all so much for opening up such an great place. I’m not stopping until I get my GED!!!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have never be happier with a school. My kids get to be very involved in everything I do which I love. Everyone is extremely supportive and wants you to succed just as much as you do.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program has been a Godsend for me.This program is like no other. The students and staff here are all wonderful. The teachers are willing to do whatever they can to help their students succeed in their education. I have gone up in my test scores since I have been attending Literacy and Beyond!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Literacy and Beyond has been very helpful by helping me with my studies. At Literacy and Beyond, the teachers, students, and staff are very friendly and they are like family to me. They treat their students like family and they truly care. They have an awesome daycare for single mothers like me. They give us a better chance at learning again. If you want to know if this program is real, it is. You can get the proper learning you need. All of the teachers are committed to their students. They care about us and make sure we reach our goals in life . Because the teachers believe in us, we believe in ourselves.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Literacy and Beyond
I love this program because it give us the opportunity to come back to school, and finish our GED. They do not mind what culture or what age we are. I love how the teachers take their time to teach you one-on-one like back in the old days. They encourage us to be positive, and that we can accomplish what we want and need. It gives us an opportunity to go to college and choose a career. We learned that it is never too late. I’m closing by telling you how nice and good they treat us.They also feed us, so we can focus in class. They offer childcare for those moms that want to finish school. I’m looking forward to graduating from Literacy and Beyond. I want to give thanks to these beautiful teachers ahead of time for their good work, hospitality, care,and effort that they put in every day for us to learn. They want us to become successful.
Miss. Kat
Miss. Martha
Mrs. Jessie
Mr. Mike
And all of our substitute teachers and friends.
Love you all and thank you! God Bless Literacy and Beyond ! I would like to see more programs like this in the future.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I like this school because I am learning a lot in the classes. It is great to be in this school. I make friends at school. It’s a good idea to recommend women to this wonderful school. The teachers are nice. I love all of them. I want to graduate one day and have the GED certificate. I learned a lot in the classes. I am thankful to be a student in the school. It would be great to be a nurse one day. That is my goal.

1 April R S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Literacy and Beyond is awesome. The first month and a half I was here I knocked out 3/4 of my tests. I am a Graduate, Thanks to these wonderful people!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I Love Love Love Literacy and Beyond!!! I am 24 and have 4 children, i didn't finish high school so i could stay home and take care of my children. I have attended 2 other adult ed programs trying to get my GED in the past 6 years and nothing has worked for me! They put you in a room with a computer and expect you to learn what you need to know to pass..... NOT happening!!
At Literacy and Beyond, they teach you! They help you succeed in your lessons and your goals! They help you achieve your goals for the future!! I just started January 15th 2018 and after being her and attending classes everyday, i PASSED 2 of my GED test in just 6 WEEKS!!! This place is AMAZING!!! ♥♥♥♥♥

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Literacy and Beyond gave me my biggest window of opportunity to catch up and further my education to advance to college. This place has truly been a blessing in disguise for me! The staff and the students here have all been supportive and helpful! It's so fun to see the people around me advance further into their studies. The classes are fun, and the teachers are not scared to work one-on-one with students.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This program is like nothing else in this area. I'm helped so much with getting through this program quickly with lots of help and child care provided. All the staff is very nice and want you to succeed. I was suggested to this program from a friend and i couldn't be happier i found the kind of help i needed.

3 Kassandra S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been going her for a month and already up 2 grade levels!!!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

My agency is currently partnering with Literacy and Beyond and it has been a great experience! The staff are extremely kind and considerate! The students appear to be cared for and I can clearly see that Literacy and Beyond places emphasis on their relationships with people versus simply checking a box.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love how LaB gives away hundreds of books to kids every year with their #books4kids program. Also love the great things they do in their 2Gen & GED prep work!

3 Macy W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work for this amazing organization as a childcare worker. Never have I seen such passionate people come together with such love for their students. Literacy and Beyonds staff exist to be a catalyst to changed lives, changed generations. Literacy and Beyond is a place that gives second chances to people who have had none. My heart is so full to see students succeed. To hear a child say thank you who we have never heard speak, to hear a 2 year old hug his friend and tell him to stop crying because his mom will be back soon. This is a place where growth is encouraged and even more so achieved. Never before
Have I been so inspired and I am incredibly blessed to even be a small part of this organization. If you haven't heard of Literacy and Beyond, please, do yourself a favor and check it out.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Literacy and Beyond is doing really wonderful things in this community. I became involved initially volunteering in their book room. This room is where book marks are made, and books are stamped, and sticker labeled to be handed out at the book fairs in the schools. Then I had the opportunity to volunteer in the childcare room for the GED students with children. The care and time invested by staff into these children shows how much Literacy and Beyond values their mission of working with parents and their children together.

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have witnessed the great works of helping kids and adults that LaB has done with each successful program. It's wonderful knowing that literacy has an important part of our non-profit community. I commend the entire team for the hard work. Thank you for creating confidence in my granddaughter's reading skills, all the while she was loving it!