PBHA's Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment, or BRYE, is part of the Summer Urban Program serving recently immigrated youth in Dorchester.
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 participants 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. Like all programs in our Summer Urban Program, BRYE engages youth in mornings of academic enrichment, afternoons of educational field trips, and artistic, cultural, and service-learning workshops throughout the week, along with two overnight camping trips and a day-long final trip.
WORK AT BRYE
BRYE, like all programs in the Summer Urban Program, is run by college students who serve as directors and senior counselors, or teachers, in the program. Directors oversee all program operations, working through the spring and summer to train and supervise program staff, manage finances, and ensure high program quality. Learn more about directing BRYE.
Senior counselors manage a classroom of 10 children throughout the summer, implementing a self-designed academic curriculum, supervising field trips and community service projects, and supporting the operations of their program. Learn more about working as a senior counselor.
In addition to its college-age staff, BRYE employs high school students as junior counselors. Teens partner with a senior counselor to co-teach a class and participate in leadership workshops throughout the summer. The majority of SUP’s junior counselors once attended the same program in which they work; many junior counselors at BRYE were once participants in the program. Learn more about working as a junior counselor.
ENROLL IN BRYE
BRYE costs only $50 per participant, with a sliding scale for siblings. Preference is given to returning participants and youth who have particular academic or financial need for the program.
BRYE requires submission of a referral form before accepting applications. Upon submission of the referral, BRYE will contact families to submit one participant application for each child who wishes to enroll in the program.