Author: ljurasek

Thinking Well

Thanks to a grant from the Granger Foundation, Highfields’ PRIDE staff has the most up-to-date training to help high-risk students succeed.    Do you know how to walk up to someone and introduce yourself in a polite way without offending them? Do you know how to appropriately ask for permission to be excused from class

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A Team Approach

Thanks to you, Kathy has a team to lean on.    “I thought that I could handle everything,” Kathy said with a sigh. “I’ve been a Special Education teacher for 25 years…but when you’re in the middle of a family crisis and trying to handle it all, it’s overwhelming.”    Kathy describes a chaotic year

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Jean and daughter Rebekah are closer than ever

“Rebekah started going through a very difficult time when she was a teenager five years ago. Her father and I had divorced. I was working and not home as much with the kids. Her grandmother had passed away, and her older sister married and moved out.  The combination of events took its toll on her, and she started

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Crystal sees positive changes in son Javon

“Reaching Higher has made a significant difference in my son’s life. Javon has become more social, active, and confident.  Before Reaching Higher, Javon never really had friends. He was bullied at school and was becoming depressed. He would always decline coming on family trips and would just play video games instead.  When he started attending Reaching Higher, that

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Trauma-Informed Campus

New upgrades throughout Highfields’ campus will benefit students.    The majority of Highfields residential students have been victims of trauma. It affects how they respond to situations and their willingness to receive treatment.    Highfields’ residential staff is trained to understand trauma responses. They learn what trauma is, what it does to the body, what

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New Making Memories Program

Thanks to a grant from the Lansing Exchange Youth Foundation, residential students and their families spent a day having fun and making memories together!    What does a day at the amusement park have to do with the treatment of troubled youth?    Perhaps you’ve heard the saying: families that play together stay together. There

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Dontrell re-focused his priorities at Highfields

Thanks to supportive staff and opportunities at Highfields, Dontrell is making positive changes. “My dad has spent most of my life in prison. When I was 10 years old, I began to let negative influences take ahold of me.  I was getting into shootouts and robbing people and not thinking about the consequences of my

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Mini Milestones

Thanks to your support, 10-year-old Samuel* has opportunities to be successful.    Katherine* embraces the joys and challenges of being a mother. She and her husband raised five biological children who are now adults living on their own. They now have seven adopted children ages 6-17 at home. All seven children have been through the

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“I’m so grateful!”

When Jodi was in crisis, she reached out for help. Thanks to you, Highfields was able to step in and stabilize her family.    Jodi has four amazing children under the age of 15 and all have special needs.    “Before we started working with Highfields, we were unable to go to the store, go

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She Did It!

Thanks to supportive Ingham Academy staff, Rochelle has a bright future ahead of her.    “Before Ingham Academy, I was at a really low point in my life,” said Rochelle. “I never went to school because I was bullied.”    Rochelle became truant and was put on probation for missing too much school. Her Probation

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