Why Briya? Because I am making a difference during my gap year.
After finishing college, I wanted a break before returning to school to work towards a PhD in psychology. I decided a year of volunteering would be a worthwhile way to give back during my gap year. I was offered several job descriptions, and the more I heard about Briya, the more excited I got about the school and its mission. A program that was two-generation and dual-language sounded like nothing I’d ever heard of before.
I love my students. My work supports the education process both inside and outside of the classroom, and includes leading small groups, documenting outcomes, and preparing materials. The children think so differently than adults do, and every day they do something that surprises me.
Briya is unique because it doesn’t feel like there’s a distinct line between staff and students. Parents feel like they’re part of a family rather than like they’re dropping their children off at a daycare. And as a volunteer at Briya, you’ll always feel welcome, there will always be something for you to do, and you’ll always be well fed.
This community that Briya provides is really important. Especially during an era when immigration is a divisive topic, it’s great to have a place that welcomes people regardless of where they’re from or how they got here. I’m grateful that for this year, I can be part of making a difference in the lives of Briya families.