Founded in 2002, Beyond Basics works to eradicate illiteracy, transforming the lives of students and creating stronger communities. We are a student-centered non-profit tutoring students who fall into the “literacy gap.” Our one-on-one, multisensory, structured literacy interventions help students achieve grade-level proficiency in reading in an average of six weeks.

Illiteracy is the Most Solvable Epidemic in the United States

Society is counting on getting education right for our students, and this starts with literacy. We are dedicated to helping generations of young people succeed as readers, and we take great pride in their accomplishments. With literacy, a world of opportunity opens to them, and they can transform their lives and communities. See our work in action here:

Beyond Basics and Sound Mind Sound Body are partnering again this summer to get student athletes reading so they can pursue their elite athletic dreams. WXYZ-TV aired a brand new look at the collaboration on July 22, 2021. Watch it here:

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Carolyn Clifford talks about Beyond Basics and Sound Mind Sound Body partnership to tutor 100 DPSCD student.

Stuart Dow's article from Grosse Pointe News about his work with Beyond Basics.

What We Do

Beyond Basics is a student-centered, literacy-focused non-profit serving students in the “literacy gap” through a one-on-one, multi-sensory tutoring program that helps them achieve grade-level proficiency in an average of six weeks. At Beyond Basics, our mission is to eradicate illiteracy and transform the lives of students, and create stronger communities.

Through our literacy support programs, we ignite the students’ love of learning. We cultivate curiosity and an awareness of the world around them. These experiences are specifically designed to enrich literacy work and encourage a love of learning for life.

Online Tutoring
Online Tutoring
Our remote learning platform provides instruction that is on par with our in-person tutoring and yields the same results.
Art with the Masters
Art with the Masters
We provide lessons about master artists that students use in a variety of art projects.
Publishing Center
Publishing Center

We run an on-site writing program where students write and publish original short stories.

International Art and Writing
International Art and Writing
Participating students worldwide visually represent their interpretation of the year’s theme through artwork and essays.

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We encourage all who are interested in making a difference in the lives of Detroit area students to inquire about the many ways to get involved with Beyond Basics. Coworkers, friends, book clubs, church groups, sports teams, and more are all invited to volunteer and to generously support our literacy efforts, and in so doing, forever change the life of a student in Detroit.

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18000 West Nine Mile Road
Suite 450
Southfield, MI 48075

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Fax: 248-996-9577