Beyond Basics News


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.

Second Showing of “A day in the life of Elijah”

Elijah at the Detroit Athletic Club

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Please watch the powerful video about Elijah speaking at the Detroit Athletic Club.

A big thank you to Keith Famie, Jack Aronson, Visionalist Entertainment Productions, and all the people involved in making this project come to life.

Check out the radio interview below with Director and Producer Keith Famie and our Beyond Basics student Elijah!

Businesses aim high with literacy program

Backers make solving Detroit schools’ illiteracy crisis their business

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

One Young Detroiter’s Life Changed After Learning to Read

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.

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 93% of children in Detroit public schools are unable to read at grade-level (

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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