- Social Innovation Fellowship
Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment (BRYTE) is a student-run organization that facilitates one-on-one tutoring and mentoring between Brown students and recently resettled refugees in the Providence area. The program helps the underserved refugee population acquire crucial language skills as well as cultural fluency in a time of difficult transition. It also fosters meaningful relationships and promotes cross-cultural understanding. BRYTE works in collaboration with the International Institute of Rhode Island and the Swearer Center for Public Service. Since its inception in 2006, the program has grown exponentially. Rapid expansion has meant that BRYTE’s leadership has been fully engaged in keeping the program running from day-to-day, and so unable to address long-term goals and opportunities.The program has reached a point where administrative and strategic methods need improvement. Effective protocols need to be institutionalized while non-effective methods of operation need to be re-designed in order to fulfill potential for social impact. This summer, I will focus on: building organizational capacity and definition, research and write a report on the national system of refugee resettlement, facilitate networking with people involved with refugee resettlement nationally, and develop BRYTE’s relationship with local organizations and resources to further support tutees.