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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

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Previous Stories

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.

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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!

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!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Beyond Basics does for children what few or no other program does. It identifies children who do not read at their grade level and it works with these students to eliminate this gap. This, in turn, allows kids who go through Beyond Basics' programs to follow along at their grade level. This makes a huge difference in their ability to follow along and do well in school and in their future academic success. There is no better way to invest in the lives' of children. I highly recommend this organization.

Advisor

Rating: 5

It is an Honor to be apart of supporting Pam Good and her incredible team at Beyond Basics. This program has proven results of getting students to read at their grade level within 6 weeks. In addition, the Publishing Center bounds books from the students original stories. How powerful to have students see their own stories in a book form. It is inspiring when you observe these students in Beyond Basics classrooms learning to read on-on-one with a tutor.These children are our future, learning to read is essential for their future.