Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment (BRYTE)
is a student-led organization that pairs Brown undergraduate tutors with students in refugee families that have recently relocated to Providence from Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. BRYTE tutors help their tutees acquire critical language skills as well as cultural fluency. Tutors are required to work with their tutee for at least a year, although many tutor and mentor for much longer than this. Through the tutoring process, volunteers and tutees build strong relationships, an integral aspect in allowing refugee youth to gain the independence to excel in school and be active participants in their new community. BRYTE runs in close collaboration with the Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island ,the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University, and the Providence Public School District.
An Award-Winning Program
BRYTE has received numerous awards since its inception in 2006. Most recently, BRYTE won the 2013 Student Leadership Award: Forming Partnerships from Brown University for its impressive collaborative effort between community partners. Additionally, the Swearer Center awarded BRYTE three Starr Social Entrepreneurial Fellowships, the most recent of which was used to launch BRYTE Summer Camp in 2011. Summer Camp also received the Community Partner Award in 2012 from the Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island in recognition of the camp's social impact in Providence. In 2012, BRYTE received an honorable mention for the MacJannet Prize from the MacJannet Foundation for its exceptional community engagement.
BRYTE Informational Video
Below, please find our most recent bi-annual report, informational brochure, and semester calendar.