“93% of children in Detroit public schools are unable to read at grade-level.” *cnsnews.com


We change the destinies of students’ lives by getting them to read proficiently. We guide and support vulnerable children to develop fundamental educational skills. Above all else, we move children in K-12th grades beyond the basics and prepare them for productive and meaningful lives.

Pictured above (left to right): Beyond Basics tutor Javier Reed and Central High School student Elijah reading during one of their reading tutoring sessions.



Businesses aim high with literacy program

Backers make solving Detroit schools’ illiteracy crisis their business

By: Chad Livengood

The battle against Detroit’s illiteracy crisis is fought one child at a time.

Consider the story of Elijah Craft, a towering 6-foot, 6-inch 12th-grader at Central High School, where he plays football, basketball and baseball.

The 17-year-old Elijah was reading at a first-grade level at the start of his final year in public school — a struggle fueled, in part, by a diagnosis of the dyslexia learning disability that made reading difficult.

The school’s principal had Elijah sent to a classroom in the school where a not-for-profit organization called Beyond Basics operates a one-on-one reading tutoring program for students who are several grade levels behind….

One Detroit: Elijah’s Story

Watch how one young Detroiter’s life transforms simply by learning to read. It’s the power of bringing literacy to students who have fallen behind. See how community outreach and mentoring creates the foundation for one student’s future. Meet Elijah, hear his story, and learn about the inspiring program that is changing lives.

One Young Detroiter’s Life Changed After Learning to Read

A day in the life of Elijah Trailer

Research shows Beyond Basics’ approach to tackling illiteracy is working…

The Read to Rise program was found to be very effective in the controlled randomized study. Children who participated in the program outperformed their peers across a wide range of reading skills including both word and comprehension performance. These findings provide convincing evidence that the Read to Rise program is successful in enhancing reading abilities among children who traditionally struggle with reading proficiency. The program offers a valuable approach to supplemental reading instruction.

A Day in The Life, Produced and Directed by Keith Famie. A Visionalist Entertainment Productions video.

Our solution is L.I.F.E. Literacy Is for Everyone, powered by Beyond Basics. Since 2002, we have been serving vulnerable children in Detroit schools.  Through our innovative ‘in school’ tutoring programs, we empower elementary, middle and high school students to read in 10 weeks. In 2015, Mitch Albom called Beyond Basics, “Miracle Grow for Literacy.” Imagine Detroit with one of the highest graduation rates in the country. Imagine a better tomorrow for Detroit’s children. With your help, “imagine” will become reality.

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