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Luis Pires
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The Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment is one of those programs that allows someone to have the space and resources to grow and thrive into amazing leaders of tomorrow. Throughout my time within the BRYE I was able to come through the ranks from being a camper at such a young age to now being a director. Throughout this time I have been able to understand what its like to be in countless leadership positions where you are tested and retested and your main goal is to succeed. Throughout this time I have also been able to understand what its like to be a leader, especially leaders to the young people under us that need us to do better for them to be able to learn better. The generation that we are in today we have to be the ones to show the next what is the right path that they should be focusing on, this is the mission of BRYE to try and build different skills that will not only help us today but help those who are to come in the future.

Getting up in the morning and getting on that shuttle and then seeing the other campers is what kept me such a positive kid. But then being able to understand what it's like to be in the junior counselor and senior counselor role. I was able to have a better understanding that the summer is never and should never be about me but its about the young children who come everyday with a smile on there face and with such great excitement that will wonder for generations to come. 

Getting deeper into SUP I was able to build and build on the person I was meant to be to the point that I came back year after year making sure that these campers have the summer that they had always dreamed of in hope that once they get out they will not have to deal with the negativity of this world but rather knowing that they have such positive memories that will keep them motivated.

Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment (BRYE) began in 1987 as a resource for Boston’s Vietnamese community. Today, BRYE serves all of Dorchester’s refugees and immigrants, especially the Vietnamese, Dominican, Haitian, and Cape Verdean populations. BRYE is the only non-Boston Public School program that is recognized as a substitute for summer school, helping many of its students get promoted to the next grade level.

BRYE campers are referred to us through Boston Public School teachers and administrators, social workers and partner community organizations for out-of-school ESL education. Beyond learning English, our youth also face the challenges of integrating themselves into American culture while maintaining their own cultural roots. In addition to ESL enrichment, BRYE emphasizes peaceful conflict resolution and cultural diversity appreciation to mitigate the prevalence of neighborhood violence and racial tensions between the diverse ethnic groups in Boston.