Author: ljurasek

When Domestic Violence Comes Home

   Alissa had seen first-hand the effects violence and emotional disturbance can have on children and families. She worked at Catherine Cobb Domestic Violence Shelter for five years. But when it began to happen in her own family, she was facing a familiar situation from an unfamiliar position.     Alissa had just moved into a

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Board Profile: Anethia Brewer

   As a teenager, Anethia Brewer was fascinated with the Kennedys, politics, and with how organizations formed. She decided early on that she wanted to go into public administration.    In college, another interest developed: helping kids. She began working at youth camps during her summer breaks. When she completed her master’s degree in organizational

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Judge Garcia Gives Leigha a Second Chance

   Leigha knew she could talk to her mom about anything. But, at age 15, when she told her mom that she drank, smoked marijuana and skipped school, her mother wasn’t happy.    In fact, “she was disgusted with me,” Leigha said.    When she had to go to court for her truancy, she knew

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The Reason We Come to Work

   Dustin didn't like to go to school. He didn't like to be at home. He fought at school, argued at home and was starting to get involved with gang-related violence.    According to Dustin, if something didn't change, he would have dropped out of high school, gotten into more trouble and probably ended up

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Scholarship Allows Mother of Six to Continue Education

   Shelley has always wanted to work with kids and give them a better life. She adopted four of her six children, has been a foster parent and is currently a family support worker at Community Mental Health. But three years ago, she knew she needed help.    She was going through a divorce and

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Phoenix Success

   When Dominick got into trouble, his father, Dennis was worried. He didn’t want his son to be far away from his family; two of Dennis’s other children had been placed at Boys Town in Nebraska – too far for him to visit. So when Dominick was placed at Highfields, he knew things would be

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MAAA Gives Opportunities to Students

Coach Vamario Allen awards basketball player Rhishy with the Sportsmanship Award at the Highfields Basketball Awards Ceremony.    When a teenage boy is faced with disappointment, it’s not always easy to keep composure. When you add a history of anger outbursts and problems with authority, you might expect an upsetting outcome.    But when Highfields’ Residential Treatment Program

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Relief Found at Highfields

  Above, Chris and Noah stand outside the Jean Schultz Center at Highfields' Onondaga Campus.   Noah is a smart young man. He could see that his marijuana use was a big factor in why he got into trouble. He could also see that if he continued his drug use, it would lead to bigger,

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Thanks to You, #GivingTuesday Was a Huge Success

  As a father of three, Davey Long encourages his kids to pursue their interests and work toward their goals. That's why last fall, when his ten-year-old son, Isaac, asked him and his brother, Kenny, to run in a community 5K, he agreed.    "I was proud that he decided to do it himself and

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One Week’s Notice

     Like many toddlers, Peyton liked to test his boundaries. He made a habit of running away from his mother, Bethany, at all the wrong times – like when they were in public places.    One afternoon, as Peyton tried to dash away from his mother, she reached out and grabbed him by the

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