R.J. Quiambao has been serving the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts since 2010. A graduate of Michigan State (BA, Social Relations) and the University of Michigan (MA, Educational Studies), he strives to create a safe and supportive after school environment where students can investigate their passions, explore their interest, and realize their potential to change the world. In his spare time, RJ trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, teaches salsa dancing, and plays way too many board games.
The EMU Bright Futures program at Ypsilanti Community Middle School serves grades 6-8. We operate at YCMS from Monday-Thursday, 2:15pm-4:45pm. Students must turn in a registration form and have a parent/guardian be contacted by Mr. RJ before attending.
The goal of our program is to provide academic support and promote positive youth development through social-emotional learning. These elements are intentionally embedded into everything we do. Our daily schedule includes an after school meal, homework help, various activities to promote a sense of community, a selection of student-driven clubs, and time for meaningful reflection. Our revolving club catalog may engage students with anime, Capoeira, fashion, martial arts, roleplaying games, Minecraft coding, and more.
We are also proud of feature of variety of partnerships with local community agencies. Groups such as Girl Scouts - Heart of Michigan, Growing Hope, the Huron Valley Humane Society, and EMU Project BIG work regularly with our students. We also organize and support a variety of community events in order to connect families with helpful resources.