Bringing BRYT to your School

Effectively meet the needs of your school’s most vulnerable students.

Throughout Massachusetts, 74 middle and high schools operate bridge programs based on the Bridge for Resilient Youth in Transition, or BRYT (pronounced “bright”), model. Why? Our multi-year, multi-site evaluation study indicates substantial value:

Benefits of BRYT

Schools that open bridge programs see benefits very quickly:

  • BRYT students show improved school performance on standardized measures including related to attendance, functioning, and academic performance.
  • 85% or more of these vulnerable students complete the year on track for graduation (while the drop-out rate for students with serious mental health challenges approaches 50% nationally).
  • Families of students in Bridge programs report decreased stress and anxiety.
  • With bridge programs supporting the highest-need students, school support staff can devote more time to the broader caseloads with which they were hired to work.

The long-term benefits are equally powerful: Students with mental health disorders learn self-care skills that position them for a healthier life. School districts improve practices and culture for addressing the needs of students with serious mental health issues, decreasing stigma, becoming more inclusive, and creating a healthier environment for all students. And initial investment in BRYT can lead to significant savings for school districts on out-of-district placements, home tutoring, and evaluations for special education.

Your partner in success

To help you plan your bridge program, BRYT offers extensive support at every stage. We’ll map your pre-existing tiered supports, conduct “Year Zero” data collection so you can specify your top priority population and benchmark your progress, and collaborate to help you develop plans and identify funding strategies.

BRYT professional development and ongoing technical assistance includes our annual BRYT Symposium, monthly professional learning and networking meetings, targeted professional development sessions, and regional meetings. The BRYT Portal offers a FERPA/HIPAA compliant database for student-level data collection/aggregation, including push-button reports and network-level comparison data. Schools can access the BRYT Online Resource Bank, full of planning tools, templates, forms, and documents; receive targeted parent/guardian communication strategies and resources from the BRYT Family Support Specialist; and host site visits for facilitated program self-assessment and continuous improvement. Customized data reports, program-specific support and training, and as-needed email or phone consultations are also available.

Bring a bridge program to your school or district

BRYT presents workshops all over Massachusetts and at education conferences nationwide. To learn more about how the BRYT model could work in your school or district, or to speak with schools already implementing a BRYT program, please contact us.

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