Author: Emily Morgan

“I see progress every time I see my son”

In July, the first Family Treatment Weekend in the Dart Family Treatment and Education Center was a success! We had a record number of families that came to visit. Parents like Angela, Charkia and Christina want to come to family treatment weekend as often as they’re able. “Thanks to Highfields, I see progress every time

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Residential Students Learn Finances

Financial literacy can be a challenge. For residential students, they have an opportunity they may not have had before. Thanks to MSU Financial Credit Union, students were able to learn the importance of finances. Building a strong financial background begins with the basics, saving, spending and sharing. Youth are often told about spending, but never

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Breathe and Be: Mindfulness Matters

Many clients involved  in Highfields’ programs  struggle with stress and anxiety. Over the past two years, Highfields has incorporated mindfulness to help clients relieve stress. Highfields’ Multisystemic Therapy Supervisor, Becky Womboldt has seen positive changes in her clients using these techniques.  She recently embarked on a new adventure to become a certified mindfulness teacher  to

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Color Me Resilient!

  Mental wellness comes in many shapes and sizes, helping people of all ages. Thanks to the Jackson Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee, high school age youth had an opportunity to attend a week-long art camp focused on mental health. Students were provided with a safe space for a mental escape from daily tasks where

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Thanks to you, Anna Graduated!

  After refusing to go to school, Anna was interviewed to become part of Ingham Academy’s educational program for troubled youth. She came into the program with zero credits, and an ‘I don’t care’ attitude. Once she gave the program a chance, she realized that life was about more than following the rules. The more she

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Following your Gut

Nineteen years ago, Nobel and Pam Schuler created a space for all people to participate in the joys of art. Thanks to this program, Highfields’ residential students not only created unique works of art, but enhanced team building skills. “You never know what you’re going to get with art,” student Donald said. Nobel had a

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Dedication to W.A. and Claire Dart

On June 5, 2019, Highfields officially opened the Dart Family Treatment and Education Center which was made possible through a generous $600,000 legacy gift from the Dart Foundation in honor of W.A. and Claire Dart. W.A. and Claire’s longstanding commitment to Highfields has not only provided financial support, but built remarkable relationships with the community, since

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A New Tune to Making a Difference

After leaving Highfields in March of 2019, 17-year-old Jordan walks across the stage just a couple months later at the Leslie High School Graduation. After Jordan’s troubled past, he explains how he used his experience at Highfields to overcome his challenges. “Staying out of trouble is mandatory,” Jordan states. Highfields really helped to change the

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