June 2018  
Monthly Update 
Joy Road

Closing the school year with a sense of pride and anticipation     
 
by Pam Good

It is with a great sense of accomplishment and anticipation that we close out the 2017-18 school year. Accomplishment, because every student participating in our proven method has seen improvement in a matter of four-14 weeks. Anticipation, because thanks to our volunteers, supporters, and partners, we are building momentum and poised to reach even more students in need next year.
A Stellar Report Card
This year the child with the most improvement moved up more than six grade levels. What an astounding accomplishment for this student! Equipped with newfound confidence and a strong foundation, this student's future is bright. And what a proud moment for the tutors who accompanied this student on the journey to literacy. Your compassion and pride equip all students with the confidence to keep trying and doing better. What we do - what YOU do - is life-changing.
One Child at a Time
The number of children who need literacy intervention is staggering, but we are a shining beacon of hope, a solution, for those in need. Each child who participates in our program sees an improvement in literacy levels, with 90 percent of those students achieving grade level movement within six weeks.
We applaud the State of Michigan's emphasis on getting children reading at grade level by third grade, but it's not nearly enough. That's why we are excited and encouraged that Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) Superintendent Nikolai P. Vitti has identified literacy as one of his key pillars.
Dr. Vitti and his team understand that literacy is the path to positive change within the school district. We couldn't agree more. We are ready to help Detroit end illiteracy and become the forerunner in serving our most vulnerable children.
Heartfelt Appreciation
Finally, a sincere word of thanks to the thousands of partners and supporters who make our programs possible. To our board of directors, sponsors, volunteers and corporate partners, we appreciate your commitment, time, resources and financial support. Together we are making a difference. Together, we are helping children rise to their potential, fulfill their dreams, and lead the way for future generations of readers.
   
Joy Road is the journey I began that has led to Beyond Basics. It all started when I took Exit 9 to Joy Road years ago to help out at a school in Detroit.
 
Beyond Basics Celebrates 2017/2018 Literacy Successes  
 
As we close another school year, Beyond Basics is proud to look back at the tremendous success achieved by the students who participated in our reading tutoring programs in the 2017/2018 school year.   

Our students saw improvements from 1.5 to 6.3 grade levels after going through our intensive one-on-one tutoring program.
 
"Our students made such amazing progress through their hard work and determination," said Pam Good, co-founder and executive director of Beyond Basics. "With your help, we can offer our program to each child that needs it."


Pam Good Advocates for Literacy for Every Child
in America 
 
DeVos D.C. meeting June 2018 
Pam Good, Betsy DeVos, Laurie Cunnington, CEO and co founder of the Cunnington Foundation; and Jennifer Valoppi, of Women of Tomorrow; met in Washington D.C. in June. 
Pam Good met with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on June 19 in Washington D.C. to advocate for literacy for every child. Although Beyond Basics started its work in Detroit, we know that illiteracy isn't just a Detroit problem, it is a national problem.  
 
Beyond Basics has successfully piloted our reading tutoring program outside of southeast Michigan in Immokalee, Florida and El Paso, Texas.  
 
It was exciting to talk about the impact of literacy at a national level so that all children will have access to literacy.  
 
Join Us for a Fundraising Event for the Inaugural Beyond Basics Family Literacy Center!
 
 
Aug 15 Family Literacy Event invite  
 
Please join us on August 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. for a strolling dinner fundraising event at our inaugural Beyond Basics Family Literacy Center at the Durfee Innovation Society, the first HUD EnVISION Center in the country! Contact Jacob Reeves at 248-408-1735 or reeves@beyondbasics.org to RSVP or to sponsor this great event.
 
The Inaugural Beyond Basics Family Literacy Center
 
The Durfee Innovation Society houses the Beyond Basics Family Literacy Center, which is an extension of the work Beyond Basics is doing in the Detroit Public Schools Community District to improve literacy.
The center will serve the whole family, including parents who want to learn how to read.
 
"Our goal in joining this effort is to broaden our reach into the neighborhood to provide opportunities to children who have dropped out or graduated without knowing how to read," said Pam Good, president, Beyond Basics. "Our Beyond Basics Family Literacy Center will also allow us to provide GED and SAT prep and writing assistance to help bridge the gap.
 
"We've known all along that our work to get children reading doesn't stop once we teach them this essential life skill. Providing literacy to these children is just the tip of the iceberg. The Beyond Basics Family Literacy Center will give us the space to support the continual development of these children and families."
 
NYT Best Seller Author James Arthur Ray Advocates for Beyond Basics!

We are honored to have James Arthur Ray, author of the New York Times Bestseller #HarmonicWealth: The Secret to Attracting the Life You Want, be a Literacy Advocate on our behalf. Click on the photo below to watch as Mr. Ray speaks on the importance and power of reading!

James Arthur Ray video testimonial
Click on photo to launch James Arthur Ray's video on the importance of reading and asking people to support Beyond Basics.
 
Durfee Innovation Society  - home to the Beyond Basics inaugural Family Literacy Center  
 
On June 7, 2018, Dr. Ben Carson, US Secretary
of Housing and Urban Development, named the
Durfee Innovation Society (DIS) as the first HUD
EnVISION Center in America. Beyond Basics is
proud to be a part of this transformation and will
provide literacy services to the entire community in its inaugural Family Literacy Center. 
 
DIS began in July 2017 through a partnership with Detroit-based nonprofit Life Remodeled and Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD). It was originally the home of Durfee Elementary Middle School, which was a K-8 grade school until June 2017, when DPSCD consolidated students into Central High School. After closing the school, DPSCD leased the building to Life Remodeled to repurpose it into a community hub that provides
educational benefit to Detroit youth, community resources and workforce development, and serves as a public community center.
 
Durfee originally opened in 1927 as a middle school and was named after Edgar O. Durfee - Michigan's longest serving probate judge. The building was part of an educational park of schools built in the 1920s, including Roosevelt Elementary School, which was torn down in the early 90s, and Central High School (the first public high school in the city). This campus was one of the first urban campuses in the nation with a elementary to high school pipeline.
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