LITERACY IS FOR EVERYONE

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OUR MISSION

Beyond Basics is a child-centered, literacy focused nonprofit organization. We provide one-on-one reading tutoring and literacy enrichment programs for K-12 students and achieve grade level movement in six to twelve weeks. Beyond Basics’ proven methods are life-changing for the kids we reach, opening a whole new world and future to those who need it most.

CORE PROGRAMS

  • One-on-One Reading Tutoring (K-12)
  • Reading Readiness  (lower elementary) / SOAR (9-12)
  • Reading Buddies / Leader Readers
  • Free Book Program
  • Publishing Center
  • International Art and Writing
  • Expanding Horizons
    • Mentoring Matters Partners
    • Caring for Kids Donation Program

A Day in the Life

Beyond Basics gets students reading and excited about learning. We’ve done this work in Detroit public schools since 2002 and have met inspiring students with amazing stories.

A Day in the Life of Elijah

One young Detroiter’s life has changed now that he has learned how to read, thanks to Beyond Basics. Keith Famie’s short film “A Day in the Life of Elijah Craft” chronicles how learning to read changed Elijah’s life. Watch this 18 minute film now to see how Beyond Basics transforms lives.

Beyond Basics 2018 Literacy Summit

Beyond Basics held its Literacy Summit at Mumford High School on March 1st to kick off National Reading Month that included students, teachers, community activists, foundations, the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) Board and local journalists. DPSCD compiled this highlight reel from the summit discussion.

“Detroit’s schools score worst in the nation again, but Vitti vows that will change” -Detroit Free Press

April 10, 2018
Michigan students were flat on a rigorous national exam, with scores virtually unchanged from the last time the test was...
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Not Learning to Read is Life Threatening

March 12, 2018
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Nonprofit to host literacy summit at Detroit school

February 23, 2018
Detroit – A Detroit-area nonprofit is bringing experts together to discuss literacy in the city and across southeastern Michigan. Click to...
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DETROIT NEWS – DPSCD chief wants fresh start for literacy curriculum

February 13, 2018
Literacy is an educational milestone that remains elusive for some school children in Detroit. At Mumford High School and Academy,...
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