Family support & engagement
BRYTE works one-on-one with refugee youth grades K-12 in the home. We support the self-empowerment of refugee youth through providing academic tutoring and mentoring, as well as fostering community among students who share experiences of settlement in the United States.
Our completely student-run organization works by raising funds and awareness to help better the lives of orphaned children still in China. China Care Brown works closely with the China Care Foundation to fund surgeries for medically needy orphans and donates to One Sky Foundation to continue its mission to fund Chinese orphan surgeries. Our program also connects Brown University students with Chinese adoptees in the local Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts area through cultural programs and activities.
Mind Lab is a permanent space at Providence Children's Museum where children, caregivers and researchers explore the process of learning. Activities in Mind Lab vary depending on the day. Visitors might participate in ongoing research by the Museum or by collaborators at Brown University and Providence College about how children’s thinking and learning develops. Or they might engage in self-directed activities that illustrate specific ways that kids learn through play and exploration.
Partnership for Adult Learning (PAL) is a student-led group that is part of Community Corps, a program of the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University. PAL partners with Perspectives Corporation, a local community organization that provides services and support to children, youth, and adults throughout the state of Rhode Island with the goal of helping people with disabilities participate in and contribute to community life. PAL pairs student tutors from Brown University with adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities living in the greater Providence community to meet on a weekly basis. Our mission is to provide an opportunity for mutual growth through personal relationships that are formed around the shared pursuit of continuing education. PAL practices a learner-centered focus in that we encourage learners to choose the topic(s) on which they will collaborate with their tutors throughout the semester.
The Petey Greene Program supplements education in jails, prisons, and detention centers by preparing volunteers to provide free, quality tutoring and related programming to support the academic achievement of incarcerated people. We work to promote academic achievement in prison classrooms in order to support students and build stronger communities. Brown students travel to educational programs already set up in the Rhode Island Department of Corrections and help tutor students within educational programs that already function within the facilities. We strive to prioritize the individual needs of incarcerated students; build strong relationships between academic institutions, communities, and departments of corrections; train volunteers in the skills necessary to tutor a variety of subjects; improve student achievement in high school equivalency, adult basic education, workforce development, post-secondary education, and other academic programs; encourage a positive academic environment grounded in professional and respectful interactions; and increase awareness of the positive impact of education in correctional facilities.
Project Sunshine provides free educational, recreational, and social programs to children and families facing medical challenges. With a dynamic and dedicated corps of over 15,000 volunteers, we bring programming —recreational (arts), educational (tutoring and mentoring) and social service (HIV and nutritional counseling) —to 100,000 children facing medical challenges and their families in 175 major cities across the United States and in four international locations. Working onsite, our volunteers relieve the anxiety of young patients and, through fun and play, foster in them the courage and coping skills necessary to confront procedures that lie ahead. Project Sunshine volunteers spread sunshine, restoring a crucial sense of normalcy to the pediatric healthcare environment.
The Miracle Project is a fully inclusive theatre, film, and expressive arts program for children, teens, and adults with autism and all abilities. Using groundbreaking and evidence-based methods developed by our award-winning founder, Elaine Hall, The Miracle Project focuses on the strengths and abilities inherent in its participants, providing tools to build communication, social skills, job skills, and friendships while developing a unique neurodiverse community. Through shared experiences with peers, individuals with autism and other disabilities find their voice, develop their talents, and rehearse for life. Starting in Spring 2020, Brown will offer an after-school program on campus. Tuesday afternoons.