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This Eastern Michigan University Bright Futures promotional commercial was completely filmed and edited by Bright Futures students at John Glenn High School.

John Glenn High School

Melissa Calabrese, Site Coordinator

Melissa Calabrese thoroughly enjoys spending time with her “Bright Futures family” which allows her to work with John Glenn high school students, schoolteachers and staff, college students, and community members.  She is passionate about promoting healthy communities through positive student development; and she values the opportunity to work with a dynamic team of motivated and creative individuals whom encourage and prepare students to be successful.  Melissa graduated with an English degree from Rutgers University and earned a M.A. from Eastern Michigan University.  Her professional experiences include working as an EMU GEAR UP Site Coordinator, a 21stCCLC Site Facilitator in New Brunswick, NJ, as well as teaching team initiatives, nutrition, water conservation, and photography to underrepresented community members through programs such as NJPIRG, AmeriCorps, and the Chai Project.  She loves sharing her many hobbies and professional experiences with her students and appreciates all that she learns from them, too.  Melissa enjoys being active outdoors and sharing her homemade soups.  Go Rockets!

E-Mail: Phone: 734.487.0372

Program Description

At John Glenn High School Bright Futures, we offer a wide variety of activities to students in all grades to help motivate students to greater social and academic achievement while having a ton of fun. We also seek to help students transition from middle school to high school, and from high school to beyond graduation. We give students opportunities to be leaders, mentors, and community stewards. We offer a positive atmosphere, enriched with supportive staff and community partners, by providing engaging activities that promote positive self-growth in our students. After school programming is offered Monday through Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  We also offer a six-week summer program that runs Monday through Thursday from mid-June to late July.


EMU Bright Futures at JGHS students benefit from many programs including homework help, mentoring, field trips, family events, summer programs, and much more.


Our clubs include: Music Production, coding, AIM, anime, YPP, worst case scenario club, ladies of leadership, young men’s leadership, sports, food science, cross town theater, community service, hip-hop dance, personal fitness, ACT prep, photography, equality club.


Aspire, Invest, Make the Grade (AIM) / Homework Help

Bright Futures believes in the potential of every student.  We know that students can often use a helping hand when it comes to completing homework successfully. Bright Futures offers AIM every day.

• Focused learning time that emphasizes quality homework

• Students apply the concept of effective effort towards school-day success, and practice time management and self-organization

• Bright Futures team members connect with school-day teachers to identify upcoming tests and quizzes, opportunities for extra credit, and missing or make-up work.


Specialized Clubs with Community Partners

Project based clubs engage students in active learning and bring new role models to students’ lives.  Examples of clubs include music production, coding club, film club, cooking club, Crosstown Theater.

• Students discover new fields alongside community partners who bring their expertise to life.

• The hands-on curricula links academic skills (aligned with common core standards) to college and career success

• Projects build “21st Century Skills”: communication, collaboration, data analysis, literacy, global awareness, effective reasoning, problem solving, innovation and technology

• Students create and present an end product to share what they’ve learned with families, teachers, and community members.


Taylor Davis,  Assistant Site Coordinator

Hi all! I am currently spending my fourth year with Bright Futures, and my third year as an Assistant Site Coordinator. My time here has been an eye opener. I am able to give back, give and gain knowledge, and spend time with some amazing students. I am a sociology student at University of Michigan-Dearborn. I love sports, music, film, television and writing. When I’m not at program, you can find me at Starbucks doing homework; at home cuddling with my kitten, Jetson, watching Netflix or hanging out with my friends.


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203 Boone Hall

Ypsilanti, MI 48197


(734) 487-0372

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