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 News: Stop the school reform merry-go-round

May 16, 2017
Education leaders should take a lesson from the medical world. The overprescription of antibiotics has led to a growing resistance...
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C.H.E.P. Volunteers!

April 21, 2017
A huge thank you to our volunteers from CHEP! We cannot thank these men and women enough. They assisted us...
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Push22 donates furniture and Budget Movers donates time

March 28, 2017
Push22 owner Mike Verville read about Beyond Basics in a recent Crain's Detroit Business article. He was in the process...
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DPS 3 finalists for superintendent post

March 20, 2017
Detroit school board names 3 finalists for superintendent post By Crain's Detroit Business After conducting a nationwide search, the Detroit...
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