Welcome to EMU Bright futures 21st Century Community Learning Centers Website!

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EMU Bright Futures invites you to attend the 5th Annual

Ideas to Action Social Emotional Learning conference 2019




A full day experience led by the EMU Bright Futures team and its partners. This year’s conference will feature a keynote story slam, professional development workshops, youth panel, and an unconference session. This SEL experience will focus on helping participants explore their connection to SEL principles, policies, and practices as they relate to equity while identifying useful tools and strategies to better serve our youth and their communities. This year’s program is designed for:

K-12 educators and administrators

Out-of-school time staff and administrators

Social workers, school psychologists, support personnel

Higher education professionals - research, teacher development, youth development, etc.

Pre-service teachers

University students - education, social work, etc.

Community and nonprofit partners



Registration & Breakfast 8:00-8:30

Welcome 8:30-8:45

Keynotes 8:45-10:00

Workshop 1 & 2 10:15-12:30

Lunch/Student Panel 12:30-1:30

Unconference 1:45-2:45

Cafe/Reflection 3:00-4:00

*Michigan K12 teachers can receive 5 SCECHs (continuing education units) for attending this day.



Early Bird Educator - $100 til May 31

Early Bird Student - $50 til May 31

Educator - $125 June 1-17

Student - $60 June 1-17

Welcome to EMU Bright futures 21st Century Community Learning Centers Website!


Program Overview:

Bright Futures forges an alliance with three economically challenged suburban school districts and Eastern Michigan University’s Institute for the Study of Children, Families, and Communities in the office of Engage@EMU. The project serves students and families in 14 schools in the Wayne-Westland Community School District, eight sites in the Ypsilanti Community Schools, and three sites in Romulus Community Schools. Bright Futures is designed to address the needs expressed by the families and children served, community stakeholders, and school staffs. Currently, the program focuses on math, reading, writing, health, and social emotional growth.


Bright Futures programs meet after school for two and a half hours Monday through Thursday, 32 weeks during the school year and 6 weeks in the summer. Students participate daily in homework help, targeted academic assistance, mentoring, and project-based learning and select from a rotating menu of clubs and activities. Clubs focus on student interests in science, the arts, technology, engineering, culinary, physical fitness, personal development, and specific skills to support Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and a successful transition from elementary to middle, from middle to high school and to post secondary programs (college, university, career technical programs, etc).

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203 Boone Hall

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

lmalinoff [at] emich.edu

(734) 487-0372

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