UHY LLP Potential Recruits Work with DPS Students to Sharpen Reading and Writing Skills

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UHY LLP teamed up with Beyond Basics to help students from Thirkell Elementary expand their vocabulary and write personal stories

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On Thursday, June 4, UHY LLP’s Michigan practice invited a group of students from Thirkell Elementary in Detroit to their Farmington Hills office to help them develop stories for the Beyond Basics Publishing Center. UHY teamed up with Beyond Basics, a local 501c(3) nonprofit organization working to improve literacy and raise reading proficiency in inner city schools, to host students to help improve reading comprehension and expand the students’ vocabularies.

Nearly 20 college recruits and other UHY employees gathered at UHY’s training facility to help students from Mrs. Jackson’s third grade class write their own personal stories. Each volunteer was assigned a student to mentor for the day. The recruits started by getting to know the students. With this information, the students created a short story that was designed to enhance vocabulary and sharpen writing skills. After the stories were written, each student was able to pick a book of their choice and read to their “buddy” or mentor.

As a result, 16 new stories were created for the Beyond Basics Publishing Center. This community event was part of UHY’s Connect program. The program allows college recruits to get to know more about the organization, work with UHY employees, and experience some of the corporate social responsibility initiatives UHY takes part in. Both the students and UHY recruits benefited greatly from the experience.

“We have been working with Beyond Basics for the past four years, pairing our interns and college recruits with students from Detroit Public Schools. The objective of this program is to not only help strengthen the reading and writing skills of elementary school students but to also give our interns and recruits an understanding of UHY’s commitment to giving back to the community and experiencing a volunteer outing first hand," said Rina Henning, UHY LLP recruiting manager.

UHY LLP places great emphasis on being active within the community from each recruits’ first connection with the firm because corporate social responsibility is a high priority at all levels within the company. The firm also has its own independent 501c(3) organization, UHY Cares. Cares, which was incorporated over five years ago, was an idea inspired by employees and is volunteer based. Through UHY Cares, employees are able to give back to the community, including helping individuals going through personal emergencies or hardships. UHY Cares Michigan has provided assistance to over 150 local charities and families and continues to grow this list every year.

Beyond basics has been active in the Detroit community since 1999.Their mission is to guide and support children in economic need to develop fundamental educational skills. They aim to move these children beyond the basics and prepare them for productive and meaningful lives. The work the organization does, shaping the minds of grade school children, is especially important because nearly 50% of adults in Detroit are considered functionally illiterate.

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UHY LLP, a licensed CPA firm, provides audit and other attest services to public and private companies. UHY Advisors provides tax and consulting services to a variety of sectors. UHY Advisors FLVS provides forensic, valuation, intellectual property, electronic discovery and international arbitration services to law firms and their clients. Many of these services grew from client business needs and their requests for assistance in a variety of areas of expertise.

UHY LLP, operating in an alternative practice structure with UHY Advisors, forms one of the largest professional services firms in the US. While that scale might provide confidence for some clients, others tell us our greatest value is the way we bring these resources to bear to help address today’s evolving business challenges. It’s a philosophy we call “The Next Level of Service”. To learn more visit http://www.uhy-us.com.

All of the above entities are members of UHY International, a global network of independent professional services firms that provide audit, tax and consulting services around the world. UHY International member firms comprise one of the top international accounting networks in the world. As a member firm, we provide our clients with resources in business centers strategically located around the globe. We are an active member in this organization with significant participation that brings the power of an international network to bear for our clients.

UHY LLP is a licensed independent CPA firm that performs attest services in an alternative practice structure with UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities. UHY Advisors, Inc. provides tax and business consulting services through wholly owned subsidiary entities that operate under the name of “UHY Advisors.” UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities are not licensed CPA firms. UHY LLP and UHY Advisors, Inc. are U.S. members of Urbach Hacker Young International Limited, a UK company, and form part of the international UHY network of legally independent accounting and consulting firms. “UHY” is the brand name for the UHY international network. Any services described herein are provided by UHY LLP and/or UHY Advisors (as the case may be) and not by UHY or any other member firm of UHY. Neither UHY nor any member of UHY has any liability for services provided by other members.

About Beyond Basics
Beyond Basics is a 501(c)(3) student-centered, literacy nonprofit that partners with principals, teachers and faculty in theDetroit public schools system to bring students to literacy by providing reading, tutoring and supplemental programs (writing, art, mentoring, and partnerships) throughout the school day for students in grades pre-K through 12. In addition to providing these services, they provide free books to every student and parent that enters their classroom. The organization’s five guiding principles are respect, positive energy, task focus, collaboration and continuous improvement. These principles best define what Beyond Basics stands for.

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