- Social Innovation Fellowship
Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment (BRYTE) is a student-run organization that supports recently resettled refugees in Providence through an academic tutoring and mentoring program. By helping students with language acquisition at this time of transition, we seek to encourage refugees to become engaged and active in their communities. Through collaboration with the International Institute of Rhode Islandand the Swearer Center, Brown students volunteering with BRYTE commit to spending three hours each week working one-on-one with their students in the students’ homes, which allows the tutors to form incredibly strong relationships with these families. This close relationship is central to the work we do, but this summer I plan to expand BRYTE’s organizational connection to the families we work with by designing and implementing a summer camp, and also drop-in tutoring hours for the students we work with. I will also be engaging in conversations with a number of organizations to compile a number of questions for BRYTE to consider as we move forward organizationally. Though only five years old, BRYTE has grown considerably, and our structure as changed along with it. As we move forward, an awareness of these questions is key, as we must constantly seek to remain both sustainable and dynamic.