Changing destiny through education!

Beyond Basics is a 501(c)(3)  literacy non-profit, serving the Metropolitan Detroit areas since 2002. We partner with schools and other organizations to help students achieve reading proficiency by providing reading tutoring and literacy support programs – writing, art, mentoring, and partnerships – throughout the school day for students in grades Pre-K through 12.

Beyond Basics provides children in under-resourced communities the opportunity to learn and master an essential life skill: READING!

We envision a world where all children are valued and afforded the resources to develop reading skills necessary to achieve full potential. We believe Literacy Is For Everyone (L.I.F.E.). Our volunteer reading programs – Reading Buddies and Mystery Readers – reinforce what the students learn through our one-on-one tutoring program which encourages a love of reading.

Literacy in Detroit, Be the Solution!

Pamela Good and the Beyond Basics organization submitted a proposal for the 100 and Change Grant for the MacArthur Foundation. The video was filmed within the schools, talking about our programs, and witnessing firsthand the one-on-one reading tutoring programs at work. The goal Beyond Basics would like to achieve is LITERACY. Improved reading skills, grade level movement, writing skills, vocabulary comprehension, creating and publishing books, and creative artwork inspired by master artists, are all impactful accomplishments our students achieve with our programs at Beyond Basics.

Please take a moment to see our programs at work and hear from our Executive Director and Founder Pamela Good!

A Day in the Life by Keith Famie
On behalf of Beyond Basics and all of the children they serve.

        Keith Famie and his team at Visionalist Productions filmed some of our students in the Beyond Basics programs. The impact behind the eyes of the students can be seen through this wonderful short film. Keith captured the heart, love, struggle, and blessings behind the work Beyond Basics does every day.

        Beyond Basics organization began in the spring of 1999. It began as a coat donation project in one of the urban elementary schools in the Detroit Public School System. For two years we ran pilot programs with students from one school, testing ideas and measuring the interest level of the children. In February 2002, we were motivated by the response of participating students and we incorporated ourselves as a non-profit for the sole purpose of reaching more children.

Student Reading Graduates (Since 2008)

Partner and Volunteer Hours (Since 2008)

Published Works (Since 2002)

Student Art Project Participants (2016 School Year)

Check out Elijah’s success story below:

Check out our video on Elijah! Watch and listen to his story on overcoming obstacles, improving his reading, gaining more confidence in himself and finding success in the Beyond Basics Programs!


Watch Beyond Basics Videos

        Literacy is to the mind, what food is to the body. 93% of children in Detroit public schools are unable to read at grade-level (cnsnews.com). Imagine an America where everyone could read. Imagine Detroit has one of the highest literacy rates in the country. Illiteracy forces communities to live on the fringe of society where all manner of suffering is prevalent.  It leads to hopelessness, incarceration, and death.

        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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