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Lynn Malinoff

Lynn Malinoff, EdD. Director, 

EMU Bright Futures 

Eastern Michigan University 21st Century Community Learning Centers



203 Boone Hall

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

734-487-0372 (o)

734-678-6655 (c)

Lynn Malinoff, EdD, is the director of EMU’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers Bright Futures programs (EMUBF) which she founded in 2007 and are funded through the Michigan Department of Education.  The 25 school-based programs serve youth and families in Romulus Community Schools, Wayne Westland Community Schools, and Ypsilanti Community Schools.  Dr. Malinoff’s work focuses on developing education professionals to lead their programs by embedding positive youth development, Social Emotional Learning and academics in the culture and activities of their afterschool programs.  The goal for both educators and students is to develop agency – so they can use their voice and action to impact positive social change personally and in their communities.


She has several publications including a book chapter published in Women as Leaders in Education (Praeger, 2011), entitled “Both Sides of Mentoring: A Leader’s Story”. Her 30 years in the Wayne Westland Community Schools included many roles - special education teacher, Drug Free Schools and Communities and Service Learning Coordinator, alternative high school teacher, and Project Director.  She received the Athena Award from the Women of Westland in 2007, the Dale Rice Award (EMU) in 2010, and multiple program recognitions. 


She has worked with challenged youth and their families, teaching, counseling, designing and developing programs, and leading for over 45 years in K-12 education.  She teaches and mentors educators. She supports them in implementing research-based strategies that focus on infusing social emotional learning into the culture and learning activities. 


Lynn is an avid walker, a photographer, a Francophile, and an adventurous cook. She is a wife, mom, and grandma, and she treasures her family above all. She and her husband Herb enjoy travel, walking their two Shetland Sheepdogs, and spending time with their two grown sons and their families. In her spare time, she can be found exploring nature and culture with a camera around her neck!

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