Video from DC Public Charter School Board highlights Briya’s education model

The DC Public Charter School Board recently released a video highlighting Briya. The video, titled “A Day in the Life,” covers the mission and daily happenings at Briya and includes interviews with students and staff.

Diana Delgado, a student in Briya’s Two-Generation Program, is featured in the video discussing her experience at Briya, explaining the school has given her “the opportunity to improve my education and my life. To be more involved in our community.”

Briya PreK teacher Patti Alexander discusses her motivation to become a teacher, reflecting back to say she “got into education because it’s where you can make the most difference when trying to create a better future.”

Watch the video below for the full story.

El Tiempo Latino features Briya’s Child Development Associate Program

El Tiempo Latino interviewed Briya staff and students to hear about all the opportunities our Child Development Associate Program provides. Staff discussed the benefits of being a charter school and how they believe education can change society, and students shared their experiences at Briya and their goals for the future.

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NBC features Briya’s legal assistance for immigrant students

Briya was recently awarded a second Immigrant Justice Legal Services Grant from Mayor Bowser for the coming year! This grant allows Briya, in partnership with Julia M. Toro Law Firm, to continue providing students with free legal information, consultations, and representation. Briya held a know your rights presentation this September and was featured on NBC 4.

Briya Medical Assistant graduate, Maritza Villalta, had her DACA renewed through the grant and was interviewed by NBC about her story.

Read and watch the full story here.

NPR features Briya’s legal assistance for immigrant students

Briya’s efforts to provide immigration legal services for students and their families, made possible through a grant awarded by DC mayor Muriel Bowser in March 2017, are highlighted in a story by NPR.

Through the grant, Briya is able to offer students free individual legal consultations, on-site Know Your Rights fairs, and free legal representation.

“‘Our students have been coming to us, and many of our students are really fearful of what’s happening on the national level as far as immigration policies, and so this was a way of being able to help our students know what their rights are, and to provide direct services to families,’” Christie McKay, Briya’s executive director, says in the story.

“‘If our families are feeling like it’s not safe to come out of their homes, they won’t be able to come to school,’” she said.

Read and listen to the story here.

Case study showcases Briya’s Digital Literacy Program

Briya’s Digital Literacy Program is featured in a Digital Promise case study as an example for others looking to incorporate technology into two-generation programs.

“Briya has leveraged technology to help their immigrant learners overcome the digital gap they encounter moving to a highly digitally literate environment,” the study states.

Read the full study here. 

Migration Policy Institute study on two-generation programs features Briya

Briya is one of the eleven two-generation programs across the country that were analyzed by the Migration Policy Institute in a study titled “Serving Immigrant Families Through Two-Generation Programs: Identifying Family Needs and Responsive Program Approaches.”

“By addressing the needs of poor or low-income parents and their children simultaneously, two-generation programs have great potential to uplift whole families and break cycles of intergenerational poverty,” the study states.

Read the full study here. 

Briya’s Fort Totten expansion highlighted by Low Income Investment Fund

The expansion to Fort Totten by Briya, Bridges PCS, and Mary’s Center is highlighted in a video created by the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) for their annual report.

Fatoumata, a student in Briya’s Two-Generation Program, is featured in the video alongside her son, who attends Briya’s toddler class.

“Briya is a very good opportunity for many people who don’t speak English,” Fatoumata says in the video. “It is important for me [that] my son is close to me. We can play together. We can read books together. Every day is happy to come to class.”.

Watch the video below.

Briya profiled on international UNESCO literacy database

Briya is profiled by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on their Effective Literacy and Numeracy Practices Database. The database features adult education programs from around the globe with the goal of improving literacy policies and practices.

“Briya is a unique example of how a public school, through strategic partnerships with other community organizations, can serve as the hub of a community, linking together a network of services that builds on the strengths of a community to meet the diverse needs of families,” according to the profile.

Check out the profile here.

Briya staff featured in NPR story on immigrant voters

Briya staff members from Bangladesh, Syria, and Cameroon were interviewed by NPR reporter Armando Trull for a story on the views of immigrant voters in advance of the presidential election.

“‘When I watch the TV news, I am thinking who will be president, because we are Asian and I came from Bangladesh, so I am thinking about my future, my kids,'” Briya staff member Zannatul Ferdous says in the article. “‘Especially immigration because I want to apply for my mom and dad and brother and sister.'”

Read and listen to the full story below.

Immigrant Voters Weigh Election Choices with an Eye on How U.S. Views Them

Video from Digital Promise highlights Briya’s strengths

Briya’s Two-Generation Program is showcased in a video created by Digital Promise in partnership with the Barbara Bush Foundation.

The video highlights Briya’s unique model, which enables parents to gain knowledge and skills (from basic literacy to earning a high school diploma) at the same time that their young children prepare for future success through a high-quality early education.

In the video, Briya’s Executive Director, Christie McKay, names keys to Briya’s successful outcomes:

  1. Having a steady funding stream for adult education.
  2. Simultaneously viewing adult learners as parents, workers, and community members, and then creating systems that support their needs holistically

“Adult students face a lot of challenges that young people don’t face,” Erica Schuetz, an adult education instructor at Briya, states in the video. These needs include supporting their families financially, caring for their children, and navigating the transportation system.

“As educators and as a school, we try to address those challenges by … letting students know they’re wanted here, that we miss them when they don’t show up, and also by networking them with a lot of support services within Mary’s Center and within the school and within the community.”

Briya’s adult and early childhood students achieve some of the highest outcomes in the country thanks to the education and the network of support they receive at Briya.

“[Briya is] a very rewarding place to work, and I feel a really strong relationship with the students,” Schuetz says. “I feel really lucky to be able to work in a program like this.”

Watch the video below.