Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment (BRYTE) is an in-home tutoring and mentoring program that helps refugees 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.
Brown students devote three hours a week working one-on-one with students on homework, literacy skills, and English skills. Mentors also organize activities that help refugee students adjust to a new culture and city. BRYTE is a student-led organization that runs in collaboration with the International Institute of Rhode Island (IIRI) and the Swearer Center for Public Service.
Mission Statement: BRYTE empowers refugee youth to overcome academic and social obstacles during a critical time of transition through our one-on-one, in home tutoring model. BRYTE tutors build strong and stable relationships with refugee youth to support their success in school through English proficiency. BRYTE coordinators collaborate with BRYTE tutors and Providence community partners to provide refugee families with resources to thrive in their new community.
- 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 2013 Spring Semester:
Refugee Families: 47, from over 12 different countries
369 hours of tutoring per week
58% of tutors surveyed have seen either great or exceptional academic/linguistic improvement since they have started tutoring their tutee.
84% of tutors surveyed have seen either great or exceptional improvement in their tutee's self-confidence and comfort in their environment.
BRYTE in the news:
BRYTE Prepares Refugee Students for Life Beyond High School (Swearer Center)
BRYTE Unites Refugees, Student Tutors (Brown Daily Herald)
Dorcas International Institute in Providence Hosts Thanksgiving Dinner for Brown University Refugee Tutoring Program (Providence Journal)
BRYTE Summer Camp: A central and growing component of the BRYTE program, BRYTE’s annual Summer Camp reverses typical academic backsliding and summer learning loss by providing an intensive 6-week experience that helps close the achievement gap for the refugee students in our program. Literacy and English language acquisition infuse every aspect of BRYTE’s programming. BRYTE’s approach is highly personalized with one-on-one tutoring and small group instruction. BRYTE builds a diverse and supportive community of approximately 50 refugee children who share a common set of experiences (life in refugee camps; trauma from living through violent conflicts; interrupted or non-existent formal schooling). Through field trips and other hands-on activities, BRYTE’s Summer Camp helps refugee children explore and understand their new community of Providence. By participating in BRYTE’s Summer Camp, refugee students develop essential language skills and the self-confidence to succeed in school and in society.