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!
Katie'B, Assistant Site Coordinator
Katie'B is very excited to join the John Glenn Bright Futures team as Assistant Site Coordinator! She has been leading CrossTown Theatre at JG for the past three years and can't wait to spend more time with students and staff! She is passionate about fostering the development of youth voice, social skills, and community development through the arts. Katie'B has a bachelor's degree from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado and graduated in June 2015 from Eastern Michigan University with an M.F.A. in Applied Drama/Theatre for the Young. She has been working with young people of all ages for over seven years. She's toured nationally and globally with Missoula Children's Theatre and has held professional internships with Seattle Children's Theatre, Childsplay Theatre, and the Kennedy Center in D.C. She has been working as a teaching artist at multiple schools in SE Michigan as a CrossTown Theatre Teaching artist for three years. She also developed a Grit Curriculum for EMU Bright Future's elementary schools. Katie'B enjoys knitting, hiking, cooking, solo performance work and music. She's looking forward to an exciting year learning, growing and building a community with her students!
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.