Welcome to EMU Bright futures 21st Century Community Learning Centers Website!


Eastern Michigan University 21st Century Community Learning Centers BRIGHT FUTURES is a cohort of high quality after school programs in 15  school sites across two school districts, Wayne-Westland, and Ypsilanti Community Schools.


The focus of Bright Futures is to improve academic achievement, develop self-efficacy, and prepare elementary, middle, and high school students to transition to the next level of schooling.


The main goals of the program are:

• Increase academic achievement

• Increase student learning in non-academic areas

• Increase student knowledge of career options and how to achieve them

• Increase the experience of students transitioning to the next level

• Increase the literacy of parents in the skills that will help their children in English Language Arts, Science, Technology, Engineering

and Mathematics (STEM).

• Increase student agency and self-efficacy through social emotional learning in six domains (emotion management, empathy,

teamwork, problem-solving, initiative, responsibility)


Program Overview:

Bright Futures forges an alliance with two economically challenged suburban school districts and Eastern Michigan University’s Institute for the Study of Children, Families, and Communities. The project serves seven schools in the Wayne-Westland Community School District (Hicks Elementary, Hoover Elementary, Marshall Upper Elementary, Taft-Galloway Elementary, Franklin Middle School, and Wayne Memorial High School), and eight sites in the Ypsilanti Community Schools (Erickson Elementary, Estabrook Elementary, Ford Early Learning Center, Holmes Elementary, Perry Early Learning Center, Ypsilanti International Elementary, Ypsilanti Community Middle School, and Ypsilanti Community High School). Bright Futures is designed to address the needs expressed by the families and children served, community stakeholders, and school staffs. Currently the greatest needs are in the areas of math, reading, writing, health, and social growth.


Bright Futures programs meet after school for two and a half hours Monday through Thursday, 32 weeks during the school year and 6 weeks in the summer. Students participate daily in homework help, targeted academic assistance, mentoring, and service-learning and select from a rotating menu of clubs and activities. Clubs focusing on student interests in science, the arts, technology, engineering, culinary, physical fitness, personal development, and specific skills to support Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and a successful transition from elementary to middle, from middle to high school and to post secondary programs (college, university, career technical programs, etc).

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203 Boone Hall

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

lmalinoff [at] emich.edu

(734) 487-0372

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