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BRYTE Summer Camp 2017

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We raised $20K in ONE MONTH! 50% toward our goal!
March 26, 2017

Dear Team BRYTE, Thank you SO much for helping us raise $20K in one month! We are 50% toward our goal of fostering community, confidence, and  See more
BRYTE Summer Camp

THE STORY:

BRYTE Summer Camp’s mission is to foster community, confidence, and joy among refugee youth through inquiry-based learning and leadership development. Here are TEN FUN FACTS about BRYTE Summer Camp:

 

(1) HUMBLE BEGINNINGS: BRYTE Summer Camp was founded in 2011. Back then, camp was thirty kids and a few college students meeting for half-days in the basement of St. Michael’s Church on Oxford Street, reading photocopied books, and going to the park to play.  We were small, scrappy, and full of joy.

 

(2) AMAZING STUDENTS: Our campers come from all over the world and speak over 15 different languages including Swahili, Kirundi, Kinyarwanda, Karen, Arabic, Farsi, Spanish, Burmese, Nepali, Hindi, French, Sango, and Kunama. Meet some of them here and here!

 

(3) AMAZING STAFF: The majority of our staff are BRYTE alumni--high school- or college-aged refugee youth, representing the identities, lived experiences, and language skills of our youth. Our staff are almost all people of color and first or second generation immigrants. Meet some of them here!
 

(4) A PRETTY COOL CAMP MASCOT: Our camp mascot is the Spirit Bear. He is awarded each day to the camper that most embodies the five parts of the BRYTE Camp Spirit: Excitement to learn, respect, team spirit, growth, and above all, FUN!
 

(5) YEAR-ROUND LOVE: During the academic year, we are a tutoring program. We pair school-aged refugee youth with college and graduate students for one-on-one, in-home tutoring and mentoring. Each semester we manage 130-150 tutor-tutee pairs. Our tutoring program is celebrating its 10th birthday this year. Read more about tutoring here!
 

(6) EMPOWERING (& SILLY) CAMP TRADITIONS: We start every morning with All Camp Circle and a skit in keeping with the weekly theme. These circles are filled with students sharing themselves with the whole community--whether through dance, poetry, drawings, or stories. All Camp Circle is one of many moments throughout the day when students can share where they come from with pride and joy.
 

(7) BRYTE BY THE NUMBERS: This coming summer we will serve 60 students, ages 6-18. Most campers have at least one sibling at camp.
 

(8) ACADEMICS & ENRICHMENT: In the mornings our students engage in hands-on learning focused on English language acquisition through arts, performance, and science projects. In these classes our instructor to student ratio is about 3 to 1, giving each student the opportunity to speak and gain confidence. In the afternoons, depending on the day, we go swimming, play soccer, dance, or go on field trips.
 

(9) BRYTE IN THE NEWS: Over the years many, many people have written kind things about BRYTE and BRYTE Summer Camp. You can read about us here, here, and here. We also have some big fans among professionals in the field of education and refugee resettlement; you can read some of their testimonials here.
 

(10) YOU CAN HELP: Every year we rely on generous donors to make camp happen. We thank you tremendously for your support over the past decade. We could not do this without you. Every dollar goes directly to purchasing supplies and paying our staff.

 

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To This Fundraiser

$27,058

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

     

  • Bilal Thiam

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Jared Rothenberg

    $25

  • Felipe

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Evan Strouss

    $150

  • Loretta Shen

     

  • Savannah Hall

     

  • Laura Gardner and Hiroshi Matsubara

    $50

  • Risako Kimura

    $50

  • Elizabeth Ochs

    $50

  • Yelena Bide

    $25

  • MarySue Barrett

    $50

  • Nora McDonnell

     

  • Kemp Family

    $200

  • Michael Gabrielle

    $35

  • Gil Roeder

     

  • Tarek Shoukri

     

  • Lukas WP

    $15

  • Vera Carothers

    $50

  • Laura Bocalandro

    $100

  • Francis Mozea

    $100

  • Thomas Carothers

    $40

  • E. K.

    $1,000

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • The Hershpeople

     

  • Gelles Family

    $150

  • Erin Kelley

    $25

  • Laura Hurwitz

    $50

  • Amy and Josh Winnick

     

  • The Hochstrassers

    $100

  • Anna Plumlee

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Thom Finley

     

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Macon Finley

    $100

  • Pierie

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • casey friedman

    $10

  • Anna Park

    $50

  • Peter Finley

    $100

  • Gayatri

     

  • Elena Maker

    $25

  • Kurt Ostrow

    $25

  • Beatrix Chu

    $25

  • Brianna Balke

    $25

  • JMD

    $50

  • Bonnie Honig

    $100

  • The McDonnell Family

    $5,000

  • Monica Mendoza

     

  • Adam Ghory

     

  • The Cohen Sadowsky Family

    $100

  • Danielle Phan

    $100

  • Mark Tran

    $100

  • Ward Ghory and Anne Ghory-Goodman

    $180

  • Anonymous

     

  • Janet Constantinou

    $100

  • The Kumars

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Uncle Anthony

    $500

  • Michael Savit & Jill Cohen

    $250

  • Laya Khadjavi

    $250

  • Renee Lucier

    $100

  • Karen Woo

    $500

  • Clarissa O'Conor

    $25

  • Beth Falcone

    $50

  • Morgan Ritter-Armour

     

  • Ebube Chuba

     

  • Ariana Wohl

     

  • Joseph LaRose

    $50

  • Clive Fuller

    $500

  • Halley McArn

    $25

  • Oona Cahill

    $25

  • Elsa Amanatidou

    $50

  • Evelyn Lincoln

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Anonymous

     

  • Ricardo Jaramillo

    $75

  • Sally and Larry

    $100

  • Diana Perkins

    $100

  • Alex

    $50

  • Carol Lewis

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • V

    $300

  • Margie

     

  • Mike Thorsen

    $25

  • Ignatius and Eleanor

     

  • Kelsey O.

     

  • Will and Christine Smith

    $50

  • Nancy and John Thorsen

     

  • Impulse Dance Company

     

  • Bob Miner

    $25

  • Cindy & Jim Thorsen

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Carol Jo Snyder

    $50

  • Faiz Ahmed

    $50

  • Anthony Sawyer

    $50

  • Lisa Goodman

    $50

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68% Raised of $40,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Lisa Goodman

Lisa Goodman

DONATION: $50

2 months ago

Anthony Sawyer

Anthony Sawyer

DONATION: $50

10 months ago

Faiz Ahmed

Faiz Ahmed

DONATION: $50

10 months ago

Carol Jo Snyder

Carol Jo Snyder

DONATION: $50

12 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

1 year ago

Cindy & Jim Thorsen

Cindy & Jim Thorsen

DONATION: $100

For Margie and "her kids"!!! 1 year ago

Bob Miner

Bob Miner

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Impulse Dance Company

Impulse Dance Company

We love BRYTE! Best of luck 1 year ago

Nancy and John Thorsen

Nancy and John Thorsen

1 year ago