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Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy


18000 W Nine Mile Rd.Suite #450Southfield, MI 48075 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Beyond Basics is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to delivery of student-centered preK-12 reading and literacy-enrichment programs. Beyond Basics collaborates with school communities in under-resourced neighborhoods to provide supplemental literacy programs during regular school hours.


Beyond Basics was founded in 1999 as a volunteer coat donation project, Beyond Basics incorporated as a non-profit in 2002. Today, Beyond Basics has grown to serve thousands of children across metropolitan Detroit every year through literacy, literacy-enrichment, and community partnership programs.

The mission of Beyond Basics is to guide and support children in economic need to develop fundamental educational skills. We aim to move these children beyond the basics and prepare them for productive and meaningful lives. The goal of Beyond Basics is to improve reading proficiency for everyone.

Our objectives are to:

  • (1) Deliver reading instruction that empowers students to learn, grow, and participate in a dynamic, information-based world; and
  • (2) Build vocabulary and comprehension through exposure to literacy-enrichment activities and community partnerships that are success-focused.

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