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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

A Day in the Life, by Keith Famie

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.

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

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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Student Reading Graduates (Since 2008)

Partner and Volunteer Hours (Since 2008)

Published Works (Since 2002)

Student Art Project Participants (2016 School Year)

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