Telemundo features Briya in a broadcast across the nation

In December, Briya was very fortunate to have a visit from a news team from Telemundo, the national Spanish news network. Telemundo featured Briya’s unique two-generation, family literacy program in a segment that was broadcast across the country on New Years Day. Several students and staff members were interviewed in the video, and you get to see a little glimpse into a Briya classroom.

Watch the segment here.

Briya alumna’s success story is featured by New America

“Briya’s comprehensive model garners tremendous results. Both the adult education and pre-K programs regularly receive the highest rankings from the D.C. Public Charter School Board based on measures of student outcomes and program quality.”

New America recently published a piece highlighting the success of Briya alumna and early childhood teacher Pooja Adhikari. Pooja is an exemplary example of the success that Briya students can have with the support that they receive through the education and student services provided at Briya. The piece was written by Briya’s communications manager Lauren Stoltzfus and New America’s deputy director for early and elementary education policy and former Briya staff member Cara Sklar.

Read the full story here.

El Tiempo Latino highlights Briya’s two-generation model

“Si los padres saben manejarse con el inglés aumentan las expectativas que sus hijos estén preparados en lo emocional y académico para entrar a la escuela primaria.”

El Tiempo Latino featured Briya in a story about the school’s history and our unique two-generation model, written in Spanish. The story talks about the needs that Briya meets in the Washington, D.C. immigrant community.

Read the full story here.

Briya featured on the State Board of Education blog

After the October 5th FOCUS “First Fridays” visit to Briya, DC State Board of Education Policy Analyst Alexander Jue reflected on his experience on the SBOE’s blog.

“As schools and communities continue to think about how educational services extend to all ages of learners, what types of educational models ensure meaningful parental and family engagement, and how to best integrate social services into educational campuses, the Briya and Mary’s Center partnership offers an attractive option for District parents, ”  Jue writes.

Check out the whole blog post here.

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.

Read the full story here.
Watch the full story here.

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.