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.

 Conquering illiteracy one neighborhood at a time

WXYZ Detroit – The number of people who cannot read in this country is astounding at 32 million adults, and in Detroit it’s shocking that nearly half of the population is illiterate.

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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. 

Literacy center opening, offers free literacy, GED and SAT prep courses

WDIV-TV – New Beyond Basics Family Literacy Center will help students and families struggling with literacy issues.

Reading tutors to focus on Detroit’s high schools

By Jennifer Chambers

Detroit — A Michigan nonprofit is trying to raise $33 million to send hundreds of literacy tutors to 10,000 students in Detroit high schools who are not reading at grade level.

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Beyond Basics launches $33 million campaign to expand tutoring in Detroit schools

By Sherri Welch

Beyond Basics has launched a $33 million campaign to take its literacy tutoring over the next three years to 10,000 Detroit high school students who aren’t reading at grade level.

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STEM and literacy driving auto industry’s future

By Pamela Good

STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math) has proved successful in exciting students about careers in STEM fields. Adding the arts/design to this mix of skills has resulted in even more well-rounded students, creating a STEAM movement.

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Reading within sight for more Detroit students

By Pamela Good

A new day is dawing in Detroit.

Beyond Basics recently announced “Literacy in Detroit: Be the Solution” — a $30 million fundraising campaign to support our one-on-one tutoring program in Detroit Public Schools Community District, targeting high school students not reading at grade level, at the request of Nikolai Vitti, DPSCD superintendent.

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Beyond Basics Leadership Series

February 7, 2019
What happens when you have a CEO of a nonprofit, NFL Running back, and 80 high school juniors and seniors...
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Beyond Basics to Open Family Literacy Center at Durfee Innovation Society – recently named as HUD’s first EnVision Center

June 7, 2018
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 7, 2018   Media Statement for Beyond Basics Family Literacy Center at the Durfee Innovation...
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“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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