BEYOND BASICS

Literacy Is For Everyone

Southfield, MI   |  www.beyondbasics.org

Mission

Beyond Basics guides and supports vulnerable children to develop fundamental educational skills. Above all else, we move children beyond the basics and prepare them for productive and meaningful lives.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Ms. Pamela Good

Main address

18000 West Nine Mile Road, Suite 450

Southfield, MI 48075 USA

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EIN

75-2993015

NTEE code info

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Literacy Is For Everyone. Beyond Basics has a solution for illiteracy. We believe everyone should be able to read.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Read to Rise

Students who participate in our reading program achieve a grade level growth or higher in their reading scores in as little as six weeks of intensive one-on-one tutoring.

With the help of many dedicated volunteers, we also bring a variety of programs (Reading Buddies, Mystery Readers, and Leader Readers) that assist the students in learning and cultivating an interest in reading.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

We provide focused art instruction in a small group setting. Students are taught the techniques of master artists and use these learned skills in a variety of unique projects.We also provide Field Trip opportunities to galleries and corporate offices where often, their own work is on display. Artists students have focused on include Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

We run an on-site writing program in which students write original stories and receive one-on-one assistance with editing. Stories are then bound into a hard cover book for students to add to their personal library. Beyond Basics Publishing Centers have published over 60,000 books in participating schools to date!
In high schools, we run a journalism program open to all the students to participate in reporting and running a student newspaper.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Students who have not traveled outside their city boundaries are immersed in cultural and professional experiences through mentoring and partnerships with a variety of leaders and organizations. Our students gain an expanded awareness of the world around them and the opportunities that exist by participating in our Expanding Horizons programs. In addition, we run two programs in the schools that benefits the students; Caring for Kids activities which helps provide the students with necessary items and our Mentoring Matters program where we bring in leaders who give motivational presentations and help inspire the students.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Through the annual International Art Project, Beyond Basics extends an opportunity to school children around the world to creatively express their vision of peace and how they share it with others.
Through the ongoing International Writing Project, students are given the opportunity to creatively express their thoughts and dreams about their lives on a variety of subjects through writing essays. They are able to share their work with one another through a centralized website which encourages them to communicate with one another sharing ideas and stories about their lives.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Family Literacy project reaching out to older siblings and parents in the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Top Elementary School in Detroit - Thirkell 2013

Excellent Schools Detroit

Top 8 Powered by Women Businesses - July 2013

Dbusiness

Recognized for Improving Reading Proficiency - April 2013

Dbusiness

When Schools beat odds, share formula for success 2013

Detroit Free Press

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Reading is a fundamental life skill. When children read at grade level, they are able to participate fully in other core subjects including math, social studies and science. When children master reading in the early elementary grades, they are better positioned to succeed in middle school and high school, as well as in higher education and the working world. Beyond Basics is a holistic program that brings targeted reading, writing, art, expanding horizons, outreach and mentoring programs to students in K-12th grades.

Beyond Basics has been providing literacy and other educational development programs to inner-city students for more than a decade. To sustain our projects, we consistently send out grant proposals to local and regional foundations, and this past year, have met with increased positive response, enabling Beyond Basics to expand its programs to additional schools. We also have long-term pledges from foundations, such as the Wayne and Joan Webber Foundation, and Mercedes Benz Financial Services. Our board members, along with several corporations and individuals, give on a regular and long-term basis to Beyond Basics.
Beyond Basics leadership has embarked upon an ambitious, but realistic growth plan that will expand the program's annual impact from the approximate 4,143 students that participate in Beyond Basics activities during 2012-13 to 10,000 students per year during the 2014-15 school year. We have a 5 year literacy plan for many cities throughout Michigan and Metro Detroit communities.

In the past year, Beyond Basics has seen increased coverage from local media. In addition to news and features about our work and events in the Detroit Free Press, we have seen some national exposure, as evidenced in an article by Stephen Henderson (Detroit Free Press Editorial Page Editor): “… a program called Beyond Basics has been at Thirkell for eight years, working intensely to boost kids' reading and comprehension skills. It is no accident this school is doing well. Beyond Basics is one of my favorite examples of a small program making a big difference, with a simple, straight forward approach… the program works inside the existing school structure, with the principal and the teachers on staff. It's an add-on to what's going on in a school, not a replacement." Thirkell Elementary, one of our long time schools, was the top-ranked in this year's Excellent Schools Detroit report.
Our marketing and public relations outreach continues to improve as well. We have developed an online newsletter that is emailed to supporters and the media, and have begun an investment in social media, such as a Facebook page, Twitter page, and a variety of other, local online communities.
Our annual fundraiser, Coming Together for the Children, held each spring, is a gala event that raises a significant portion of our operating expenses and provides significant media exposure.
We have always ran our office out of donated space from local business leaders.
As our reputation grows, we continue to attract interest and donations from all these sources.

The longest school we have ran programs in is Thirkell Elementary at 12 years. In 2013 the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder visited Thirkell due to it being named the number 1 school for MEAP scores in Detroit.
Our expectation is to reach every child in the schools as a participant in all of our program offerings; Read to Rise, Publishing Center, Art with the Masters and Expanding Horizons.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BEYOND BASICS

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ethan Gross- interim

RJ King

dBusiness

Pamela Good

Beyond Basics

Marina Houghton

Emily Ford

Cleamon Moorer

Baker College

Mohammad Qazi

Cienna Health Care

Emily Ford

Patrick Rugiero

Roman Village Restaurant Group

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/31/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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