Wayne Memorial High School

Molly is a certified teacher in English and Sociology.  She attended University of Michigan

for both her undergraduate degree (Social Anthropology) and graduate degree (Education).

She has been with EMU Bright Futures at Wayne Memorial since 2011.  Molly's

favorite clubs to run are Real Talk, Culture Club, Creative Writing, and Fashion, for it allows

her to share all of her passions with her students. Molly looks forward to incorporating more

Social Emotional Learning into the program, as well as promoting a post secondary degree.

Molly Peterson

Site Coordinator

Program Description

Wayne Memorial High School Bright Futures is a safe, creative, and fun after school

program that emphasizes academics, youth voice, growth mindset, and social emotional



Every day, students attend a club of their choice.  Clubs focus on arts, leadership, culture,

recreation, and STEM.  Some of the arts programs are crafts, play writing, acting, creative

writing, and photography.  Leadership options include real talk and leadership committee.

Cultural clubs include sign language, culture club, anime, cultural cooking.  Recreational

activities focus on team sports, cards and board games, school yard games, dance, and

yoga.  Lastly, STEM clubs centers around rollercoaster tycoon, mad scientist, detective

club, and lego challenges.


Most clubs include academic components–usually integrated into club activities.  However,

there is also a focus on homework and classwork.  Each day, students participate in

homework time.  During this time, students study, complete homework, practice soft skills,

research colleges and scholarships, and prepare for job interviews.


Program begins every day with both mindfulness and community building activities.   These

activities help promote our safe and friendly culture, as well as increase our understanding

of social emotional learning.  We strive to increase students ability to work in teams,

manage emotions, take initiative, be more responsible, use problem solving skills, and focus

on empathy.  This year, numerous students formed a leadership committee in order to

promote SEL and creating a more youth centered space.


WMHS Bright Futures has three family events per year, and they always include dinner and

usually a student-led show.  In addition, Wayne-Westland Bright Futures coordinates

additional family events throughout the year, such as our Lights-On gathering and August

Back to School Dinner. Parents and guardians are encouraged to join our BF Family

Committee to help plan these events throughout the year.


Our program runs through the school year, with an additional six weeks in the summer.

During the school year, we meet Monday-Thursday 2-4:30 PM in the lower commons.

Contact Us

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203 Boone Hall

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

lmalinoff [at] emich.edu

(734) 487-0372

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