Ypsilanti Community Middle School - Willow Run Campus
R.J. Quiambao, Site Coordinator
I am now in my fifth year with Bright Futures, my fourth as Site Coordinator. I earned my undergraduate degree in Social Relations, History, and Asian American Studies from Michigan State University and graduated from the University of Michigan’s distinguished MAC program (Master of Arts and Certification) in education. I am simultaneously an educator, a respected breakdancer, salsero, martial artist, and board game geek who is selflessly dedicated to helping all of my students reach their full potential.
Serina Loftis, Assistant Site Coordinator
I have been with the Bright Futures program for the past five years. I am a fantastic cook, an arts and crafts guru, and I excel at building positive relationships with students. I am currently pursuing my degree in education at Henry Ford Community College.
Bright Futures is a FREE, day-care licensed after-school program run by Eastern Michigan University. We specialize in positive youth development. Our goal is to make the school a better place by helping students get better grades, teaching them useful and interesting skills, and developing abilities to help them become successful at life. Students receive instruction from screened staff and certified teachers, to make sure there is a strong connection to the work they do during the school day.
Our program runs Monday through Thursday, from 2:40PM-6:00PM, in correlation with the YCS academic calendar. We also offer a program during the summer, which runs from late June through July.
The Bright Futures program at YCMS is proud to provide a variety of activities to engage students both academically and recreationally.
Students are required to participate in approximately one hour of academically enriching activities and/or homework. School day teachers and program staff are present to provide tutoring and homework help. As an alternative to homework, students may also complete daily journal entries and read a book from our growing library.
Clubs make up the other major component of our program. Students have a daily choice of at least three after-school club activities that contain embedded academics or teach a variety of interesting skills. A short list of activities includes: