PBHA's Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment Term

Purpose Statement

RYTE is a weekly tutoring program that serves high school students from Boston's diverse and ever-increasing refugee populations, from Kosovo, Somalia, Vietnam, and Ethiopia. The program pairs Harvard undergraduates with high school students in need of help with English skills, SAT preparation, or other academic subjects. What makes RYTE a unique program is the type of students we cater to: high school students, ages 15-19, who have been in the U.S. anywhere from 1 month to 7 years. Many of these refugees are expected to attend college after high school by parents and family members, or to work, and so RYTE helps them prepare for college through SAT preparatory classes. Without the ability to achieve high grades in the classroom, where they are competing with native Americans, or even to speak the language, it is extremely difficult for these refugees to keep up and have chances at a bright future. Tutors and tutees meet weekly on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Friday sessions take place at English High School in Jamaica Plain from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday sessions take place here at Harvard from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. (Tutors meet their students at the Harvard Square T-stop, and then work together in campus classrooms.) RYTE also sponsors two weekend fieldtrips to help students adjust to the American lifestyle. Please contact Kay Lee (lee32@fas) with any questions. RYTE hopes to continue this tradition of guidance to the high school refugee population. We need your passion and dedication!

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