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Fourth class of students enters Medical Assistant Program

Twenty-four new students were inducted into Briya’s Medical Assistant Program during a ceremony this fall. Gina Pistulka, Briya instructor, welcomed everyone and spoke to the incoming students about the vital work they will do as medical assistants. “You are the face of the healthcare team,” Pistulka said. “You are the one the patient will meet […]

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 […]

Briya student earns high school diploma and looks to future

“If I can do it, anyone can do it,” said Awa Traore, 2016 graduate of Briya’s National External Diploma Program, on earning her high school diploma. “There was a time when I thought, ‘Oh, I can’t do it.’ But you just have to keep it in your mind that you can. Everything is possible.” Traore […]

Briya CDA graduate wins 2016 STARS award

Maxine Gorham, a 2016 Briya Child Development Associate graduate, was awarded Most Outstanding Adult Student at the 2016 STARS Tribute. The tribute honors leaders in DC public charter schools. “Gorham has been an exceptional student, role model and human being, constantly showing us that determination and commitment can guide us towards our professional goals in […]

Briya to expand to Fort Totten neighborhood

Briya is excited to be opening a new school in the Fort Totten neighborhood in time for the 2016-17 school year! The Fort Totten campus will enable Briya to serve more students in the communities where they live, expanding the school’s services from Adams Morgan, Mt. Pleasant and Petworth to Fort Totten. Beginning in the […]

Nineteen medical assistant students graduate from Briya

“Reach for the sky and while you are doing so, help as many people as you can,” said Wendy Evora, valedictorian of Briya’s second medical assistant class. Evora was addressing her eighteen fellow MA graduates, who celebrated their accomplishments during a ceremony this winter. Christie McKay, Executive Director of Briya, welcomed the group and offered […]

MA Valedictorian Speech 2016

Graduation Speech – Wendy Evora Hello, my name is Wendy Evora. I am glad to be here tonight representing the hard work we have all done in class and in our internships. I would like to say thank you to all of our family and friends for their support. Without you, this day could not […]

Briya CDA Student Paulette

Briya CDA student changes lives at childcare home Paulette Sansbury, a student in Briya’s Child Development Associate program and a participant in Mary’s Center, is a shining example of how dedication and care can make a difference in people’s lives. Sansbury cares for infants and toddlers at God Is So Good Child Development Home, which […]

Pre-K Tree Study 2016

PreK students become tree experts The 20 PreK students at our Ontario Road site just finished up 10 weeks of studying trees. To begin, the children observed the parts of trees—roots, trunk, branches, leaves, and fruit—and learned the purpose of each part. They planted seeds and guessed if they would grow better in the sun […]