Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment (BRYTE) is an in-home tutoring and mentoring program that helps refugee youth acquire crucial language skills as well as cultural fluency in a time of difficult transition. BRYTE also fosters meaningful relationships and promotes cross-cultural understanding.
Brown students devote three hours a week working one-on-one with students on homework, literacy, math and English skills. Mentors also organize activities that help refugee students adjust to a new culture and city. BRYTE is a Swearer Community Program that runs in partnership with the Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island (DIIRI) and Providence Public Schools.
How to Apply
Tutor applications are made available at the beginning of each semester in early September. Follow BRYTE’s Facebook page or reach out to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details about our information sessions and applications. We do require that applicants attend an information session.
Core Values of BRYTE
- A holistic approach to education: Inspiring critical thinking, creative self-expression, and a love for learning through academic tutoring and enrichment activities
- Reciprocity: Building strong relationships, fostering bidirectional learning, and promoting cross-cultural understanding
- Asset-based approach: Drawing on the existing strengths of the Providence refugee community and its local institutions
- Empowerment through literacy: Enabling Providence refugees to access resources and advocate for themselves and their communities through English proficiency
Statistics from the 2014-2015 School Year Annual Report
- Tutors: 130
- Over 10,000 hours of tutoring per year
- 95% of tutors surveyed have seen good to exceptional improvement in their tutee's oral communication
- 92% of tutors surveyed seen good to exceptional improvement in their tutee's reading fluency
- On a scale of 1-10 tutors on average rated BRYTE'S impact on their college experience as an 8.6
BRYTE Summer Camp
Entering its 6th year in 2016, BRYTE Summer Camp is a central component of BRYTE's work. BRYTE Summer Camp is an intensive 5-6 week academic enrichment program that serves over 100 of our students in first grade through early high school. BRYTE Camp is built on the same core vales of the academic year BRYTE program. By dedicating the mornings to academics and the afternoons to hands-on enrichment activities such as soccer, field trips, and swimming, BRYTE Camp fosters a supportive and inclusive community of ELL students who share the experience of resettlement and the challenges of acclimating to a new school system, language, and culture. In addition to leadership from Brown students, BRYTE Summer Camp is a collaboarive effort with Providence Public Schools and the Dorcas International Institute.
Stories and News:
- “Education leaders visit Providence summer programs” (Providence Journal)
- “BRYTE Science Day brings refugee youth to College Hill” (Brown Daily Herald)
- "Based on Love" by Sara Winnick '15
- “Refugees find a place at a table and a first Thanksgiving” (Providence Journal)