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Our Mission & Focus

BRITE is a program of the nonprofit organization, Reality Improv Connection, Inc. (RICI). RICI's mission is to promote health and well-being through the Arts.  BRITE stands for Building Resilience and Inclusion Through Engagement and focuses on prevention education and on supporting youth and young adults, ages 12-25, in advocacy and action around issues they care about.  Programs include alcohol, drug and tobacco prevention education, youth leadership & advocacy training, social change theatre, diversity & inclusion, mental wellness, suicide prevention, civic engagement and more.

Our Mission & Focus

BRITE is a program of the nonprofit organization Reality Improv Connection, Inc. (RICI). RICI's mission is to promote health and well-being through the Arts.  BRITE stands for Building Resilience and Inclusion Through Engagement and focuses on education and on supporting youth and young adults, ages 12-25, in advocacy and action around issues they care about.  Programs include alcohol, drug and tobacco prevention education, youth leadership & advocacy training, social change theatre, diversity & inclusion, mental wellness, suicide prevention, civic engagement and more.

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EDUCATION

We offer many popular workshops for middle schools, high schools, colleges and youth groups. We have presentations for parents, school staff and communities. Live workshops and presentations are offered in person or virtual.  BRITE also specializes in interactive online content for use by teachers, parents or individual learners.

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ENGAGEMENT

BRITE engages young people through writing, art, photography, video production, live performances, social media campaigns, leadership & spokesperson opportunities. We support youth groups & clubs, service learning, capstone, community and individual projects.  We offer internships, community service hours and references.

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BRITE MEDIA

In addition to supporting youth video projects, our Media Department produces professional videos, audio recordings and livestream events.  Our new in-house studio hosts our community partners and provides the space, equipment and professional services such as project development, camera operation and editing. We can also work off-site.

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 About Us

We started with the launch of a pilot program in 2005, called "Straight Up" at the time. It was designed to engage youth and young adults throughout Ventura County in reducing underage and binge drinking.  Since then we have expanded our areas of focus, rebranded as BRITE, and have continued through yearly contracts with Ventura County Behavioral Health Department, Substance Use Services.  In addition, we contract with the Ventura County Office of Education and several school districts through their Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Grants and wellness programs.  In the last year, we have also been awarded a grant from Public Health Advocates, the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities to run the All Children Thrive - Oxnard program.  We regularly add other short-term projects and special partnerships to the mix.

Currently, we are a staff of 10 employees who enjoy working together and with our community partners.  We are pleased to engage a few interns and a terrific group of volunteers of all ages - but mostly young people between the ages of 12-25.

 

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Featured Events & Activities 

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BRITE WRITE

Write to relax, to imagine, to express, to ask, to advocate. We will explore a wide range of topics from personal strength and resilience to small joys and gratitude.

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IMPROV TROUPE

It's fun, but not just about being funny.  Join us to build your creativity, hone your acting skills and use social change theatre to explore issues and make a difference.

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BRITE Connections

We believe that through thoughtful and tactful storytelling, we can illuminate difficult-to-discuss topics for the purpose of unity, growth, and healing. Click below to learn more about BRITE CONNECTIONS.

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