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.


  • 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 within sight for more Detroit students

By Pamela Good

A new day is dawning 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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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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Crain’s Detroit Business

By Pamela Good

Literacy is a critical building block of an academic foundation that supports a child’s educational success and future as a productive self-sustaining adult. Unfortunately, this essential building block is missing for hundreds of thousands of students showing up to school each day. Illiteracy has reached a crisis level as it has not been fully addressed or understood for decades.

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Who will save Detroit’s Schools

Featuring Pamela Good

Dismal reading scores sparked a lawsuit on behalf of seven Detroit students in 2016, arguing that students are being denied their right of access to literacy. But a lawsuit alone is not going to solve this illiteracy epidemic.

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Joy Rd: Saving 10,000 Lives

August 7, 2019
Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti of Detroit Public Schools Community District has made an extraordinary request that Beyond Basics tutor every high school student who is struggling to read.
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Our Gratitude for General Motors

July 26, 2019
General Motors has generously awarded another $250,000 to Beyond Basics’ Family Literacy Center!
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Detroit Parks and Rec Hosts Summer Fun Centers

July 22, 2019
Beyond Basics has been delighted to participate as a partner with Detroit Parks and Recreation, the Detroit Public Schools Community District, Michigan State University, and The Skillman Foundation in Summer Fun Centers for Detroit children.
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What Kindness Means Around the World

July 19, 2019
Students from around the globe are joining Detroit schoolchildren this year in expressing their thoughts on kindness through our International Art and Writing Project.
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