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.

Business leaders to Detroit students: ‘Be determined’

February 1, 2017
Business leaders to Detroit students: ‘Be determined’ By Shawn D. Lewis Auburn Hills — Dream big. Take risks. Don’t be...
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Detroit Free Press Map of School Closings

January 25, 2017
This map shows how few choices parents have if Detroit schools close By Lori Higgins and Kristi Tanner Detroit parents...
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March 24th, 2017 | All Seasons Art Exhibition

January 23, 2017
Art Exhibition 2017   Second Annual All Seasons Art Exhibition All Seasons of Birmingham Friday, March 24th, 2017 at 6:00-8:00...
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State could close underperforming schools

January 20, 2017
State could close 38 underperforming public schools — 24 in Detroit By Chad Livengood Underperforming schools targeted for closure Gov....
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