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Eastern Michigan University 21st Century Community Learning Centers
EMU’s 21CCLC Bright Futures are high-quality after school programs in four school districts including Wayne-Westland, Willow Run, Romulus and Ypsilanti.
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 academic learning
- 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 (elementary to middle, middle to high school, high school to post-secondary)
- Increase the literacy of parents in the skills that will help their children in English Language Arts and math.
- Increase student self-efficacy through leadership experiences and service-learning
Bright Futures connects directly with the Michigan State Board of Education’s goal to “attain substantial and meaningful improvement in academic achievement for all students/children, with primary emphasis on high-priority schools and students.” The program provides academic enrichment, youth development, and regular family involvement.
Bright Futures forges an alliance with three economically challenged suburban school districts and Eastern Michigan University’s Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities. The project serves nine sites in the Wayne-Westland Community School District (Hicks Elementary, Taft-Galloway Elementary, Adams Lower Elementary serving Hamilton and Elliott Elementary; Adams Upper Elementary, Marshall Upper Elementary, Franklin Middle School, Stevenson Middle School, John Glenn High School and Wayne Memorial High School), two sites in the Willow Run Schools (Willow Run Intermediate Learning Center and Willow Run High Schools), two sites in Ypsilanti Public Schools (Ypsilanti Middle School and Ypsilanti High School), and two sites in Romulus Community Schools (Romulus Middle School and Romulus High School).
Bright Futures is designed to address the needs expressed by the families and children to be served, community stakeholders, and school staffs. The strongest needs are in the areas of math, reading, writing, health and social growth.
Bright Futures programs meet after school for three hours Monday through Thursday, 32 weeks during the school year and 6 weeks in the summer. Students participate daily in homework help, mentoring and service-learning and select from a rotating menu of clubs and activities. Clubs integrate writing skills, personal development, and specific skills to support a successful transition from elementary to middle and from middle to high school.