Pamela Good named ‘Michiganian of the Year’ by The Detroit News

Recognized ‘Foot soldier of hope’ wages war on illiteracy with $33 million campaign to help 93% of students who cannot read at grade level

(Detroit, MICH; October 22, 2019): Today, The Detroit News named Detroit non-profit leader and Beyond Basics President Pamela Good a “Michiganian of the Year” for her success in improving literacy skills in Detroit’s toughest public schools. Good joins a prestigious group of Michiganders who have previously received the “Michiganian of Year” designation including the late Aretha Franklin, Roger Penske and Dan Gilbert.

“This award is recognition that Detroit has bought into the inextricable link between literacy and the revitalization of our city. Our students’ ability to read is the foundation of a talented workforce, feeding economic prosperity and vibrant communities,” said Good.

Good co-founded Beyond Basics in 2002 to provide enrichment programs for students struggling to read at grade level in some of Detroit’s most disadvantaged public schools. Today, Beyond Basics offers a range of individual tutoring, group learning and other evidence-based programming to improve literacy skills across the Detroit Public Schools Community District. Her tireless work has long been recognized for its vision, compassion and effectiveness. Prior to naming her a “Michiganian of the Year”, The Detroit News called Good “a foot soldier of hope”. Since 1978, The Detroit News has recognized outstanding citizens with the “Michiganian of the Year”

award for their work to help “make living in this state a richer experience for the rest of us.”

Under Good’s leadership, Beyond Basics recently launched a moonshot $33 million campaign to improve the literacy skills of the estimated 11,000 Detroit public high school students who can’t read at grade level and face entering the workforce without proficient reading skills.

Launched in the Summer of 2019 with the support of Detroit Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti, the Beyond Basics’ ‘Be the Solution’ campaign seeks to raise $11 million a year for three years to conduct intensive individual reading interventions for 11,000 high school students with the help of 250 trained certified tutors and 800 volunteers across every Detroit public high school.

“We have made incredible progress helping Detroit Public School students read at grade level, but there’s work to do. We hope this honor by the Detroit News will fuel our call to action for the work left to do to improve literacy skills of our youth who are counting on us,” said Good.

Good will attend a banquet hosted by the Detroit News honoring all 2019 Michiganians of the Year on

October 24.

Pam is available for interviews.

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More about Beyond Basics’ ‘Be the Solution’ campaign: More about the ‘Michiganian of the Year’ Award 2018 recipients and previous years’ winners.

Press Contact: Hayley Burns (313) 808-0485