My name is Thu, and I am a rising junior at Harvard College. This summer, I am excited to be working as a Summer Urban Program (SUP) director for Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment (BRYE), which serves immigrant and refugee youth in the Dorchester area.
If you're here, then you probably know about the basic structure of SUP (and if not, then feel free to reach out!). I'll skip the background for now, and I would like to share a little bit about why I believe that SUP and BRYE are so important. I've worked with BRYE since the beginning of my freshman year (including last summer!), and my time with the students has been so meaningful. Some of my favorite moments from our virtual BRYE last summer include a field trip to Mars, individual check-ins with campers where we did things from creative math problems to speaking practice, and seeing campers write beautiful, moving pieces about the importance of taking care of the Earth.
And now for the more sappy stuff: I love BRYE so much because I get to work with students who inspire me with how smart, resilient, and kind they are. BRYE has also taught me about the importance of educational enrichment that is engaging and inclusive, as well as the hard work that goes behind incorporating these elements in curriculum. I could go on and on, but the overarching beauty of BRYE is that it provides critical emotional and academic support to youth, believes in their capabilities and strength, and helps them reach their potential despite educational and socioeconomic inequality. Although we are still in a pandemic, we intend to continue to provide this support to the BRYE students, who deserve the world!
If you are able to donate, I would appreciate it from the very bottom of my heart! Programs like these would not be possible without your support. If you have any questions about BRYE, or you would like to contribute but are unable to do so through this platform, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much!!
With BRYE Love,
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.
Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment 2021