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LITERACY AND BEYOND INC

Helping Families Succeed

Port Huron, MI   |  www.literacyandbeyond.org

Mission

We utilize a holistic two-generation approach (serving women and their children together) that moves families toward economic security by improving educational attainment (GED & Associate Degree for mothers and early learning skills for children) in addition to addressing the non-academic barriers that hinder their success.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Michael Hinkley

Main address

3110 Goulden Street

Port Huron, MI 48060 USA

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Formerly known as

HIS LIFE FOUNDATION

EIN

26-2827004

NTEE code info

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Literacy and Beyond seeks to improve the reading skills and educational outcomes of low income women/ mothers and their children.

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?

2GEN GED Program

A robust and holistic 2GEN (two generation) GED prep program which includes Associate Degree support for GED graduates. Our 2GEN Learning Center enrolls women only and provides free developmental childcare on-site for their 0-4 year old children, free individual professional counseling, free GED testing, free lunch, cash bonuses for attendance, and transportation assistance.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of program participants who receive a secondary school diploma or GED

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

2GEN GED Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

​We use a holistic two-generation approach (serving women and their children together) that moves families toward economic security by improving educational attainment (GED & Associate Degree for mothers and early learning skills for children) in addition to addressing the non-academic barriers that hinder their success.

Our 2GEN Learning Center provides wrap-around services designed to help women overcome the obstacles they face when working to improve their education. Our program includes elements of social, emotional, physical, and mental support. Our program includes free early childhood education for the 0-3-year-old children of our enrolled students and family literacy classes to increase parent engagement and enjoyment. We offer flexibility for our students, while still requiring a high level of commitment and determination from them in return.

Our learning center staff includes many certified teachers and our programming is in a modern learning environment with access to technology. We have a high-quality early childhood education classrooms staffed by experienced child care workers. Through partnerships with other organizations, our students can receive free, professional counseling from a licensed therapist, and they can have lunch for free every day with their children. Many of our classes and activities are designed to encourage positive social interactions which builds community among students. Our programs are all funded by generous donors and provided at no cost to students.

In the first five years of existence with our 2GEN Learning Center model (2017-2022) we have produced 107 GED graduates which is a 47% graduation rate. A total of 485 individual GED subject area tests were passed in the same amount of time. Additionally, 81 children of GED graduates improved their early learning skills in our Early Childhood classrooms.

Financials

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

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LITERACY AND BEYOND INC

Board of directors
as of 02/28/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Debora Post

Debora Post

Stebbins Family Fund

Scott Crawford

Council on Aging Serving St. Clair County

Kurt Hinkley

KEH LLC

John Breidenich

Denton County Sheriff

Michael Hinkley

Literacy and Beyond

Amber Fields

SC4 Student

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/15/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/15/2023

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.