Helping Literacy in Detroit

93% of children in Detroit public schools are unable to read at grade-level

We are living in an era of change: Detroit is a phoenix, rising from the ashes, and slowly returning to the thriving city it once was. Through contemporary restaurants, a new sports arena, and many people moving back into town, a shadow has been cast on one very important aspect of the city: it’s original residents.

Children growing up in Detroit are still growing up in poverty. They aren’t offered the same resources as other children, and their grades and futures are affected by that.

We, at Beyond Brunch Detroit, not only want to make a difference in the lives of new professionals, but we want to help make the dream of a full-time career possible for every young child. That’s why we’re teaming up with Beyond Basics, a “student-centered, literacy non-profit” which aims to “bring students to literacy by providing reading, tutoring, and supplemental programs…throughout the school day for students in grades Pre-K through 12”.

Since March is reading month, we wanted to launch a book drive and collect books by our event on March 25th. Currently, Beyond Basics is in need of children’s books for K-5th grade students (6-11 years old).

If you would like to donate books, you may either bring them to our event on Saturday or email us at so that we may pick the books up. For every book you donate, you’ll get an entry into a drawing to win the book “You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero, a New York Times’ Best Seller, and a $10 Starbucks gift card.


Thank you for your generosity and commitment to reaching literacy in Detroit. Not only are you helping change the lives of children in Detroit, but you’re helping to create a better future for our city. As advocates for equality and equal opportunities, we appreciate your enthusiasm and dedication to inspiring change.


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