Romulus High School
Lauren Richardson, Site Coordinator
During my undergraduate years at the University of Michigan, I embraced my passion for becoming an educator. In 2009, I received my B.A. in Secondary Education and became certified to teach English (6-12). However, instead of becoming a classroom teacher after graduating, I ventured into a new avenue of teaching – out-of-school-time enrichment with EMU Bright Futures. After working with several Bright Futures sites in Washtenaw and Wayne counties, my love for after-school learning environments deepened. In 2012, when EMU Bright Futures received grant funding for new sites, I became the Site Coordinator at Romulus High School. After three years filled with student engagement and growth, as well as continued support from teachers, administration, and parents, I am thrilled to be back for my fourth year at RHS! In addition to my work with Bright Futures, I am currently pursuing a Master of Social Foundations of Education at Eastern Michigan University.
Sara Hurt, Assistant Site Coordinator
After graduating from Romulus High School in 2006, I attended the University of Michigan-Dearborn. In 2010, I graduated with honors and received my B.A. in Psychology. A rigorous undergraduate internship with a non-profit organization grew into a full-time position, where I developed and implemented curricula for several youth groups centered around the prevention and diversion of problem behaviors. Having an immense interest in psychology, dance, film, music, theatre, and science allows me to teach positive skills in engaging ways. In returning to my roots, I hope to motivate kids to achieve greater success by helping them enhance skills they use every day (communication, cooperation, mindfulness). In returning for a second year, I hope for greater recruitment to truly capture the diversity and talent within the school. I can't wait to see what achievements this year will bring.
The Bright Futures program at Romulus High School is open to all high school students. Not only do we offer a variety of club options, but we also provide students with a productive environment that can enhance their social, emotional and intellectual development. Our goal is to create a safe place that fosters youth voice and excitement among our participants. We also seek to support our students in their transition from middle school to high school, and from high school to beyond. We work to maintain this positive atmosphere by providing opportunities for students to be leaders and by offering engaging activities that promote positive self-growth and self-expression. Programming is offered 32 weeks per year, Monday through Thursday from 2:00–5:00 p.m., and from 1:00–5:00 p.m. on Early Release Days (which typically take place on the 2nd and 3rd Wednesday of every month in Romulus).
Every day we offer academic support, mindfulness, two sessions of clubs (3-4 options per session), and OurSpace. Some clubs we plan to offer this year are: Music Production, Breakdance, Art, Photography, Cooking, Young People's Project, Dance, Anime, Drama, Video Editing, Leadership groups, and many more! During OurSpace from 4:30–5:00, students can engage in an assortment of prosocial activities, such as playing board games or cards, making crafts, finishing homework, listening to music, playing Wii games, or simply socializing with peers and staff. Our goal is not only to offer clubs that students want, but also to offer a wide assortment of activities that promote developmental, social, creative, recreational, and academic growth.
In addition to our daily afternoon programming, Bright Futures offers six weeks of summer programming and hosts several family nights throughout the year. At these events, students proudly share the work they’ve accomplished with their family and friends! Furthermore, we incorporate field trips into our clubs as often as possible. In past years, our Leadership groups participated in Champions Day at the University of Michigan, our Anime club went to an Anime Convention in Canton, our Poetry club competed in a Poetry Slam through the Neutral Zone in Ann Arbor, and our Survival club went camping at Holly Recreation Area.