Author: Emily Morgan

Learning to Trust

       When Luis* and his family moved from Mexico to the United States, he had a difficult time transitioning. Luis struggled with change, especially in a new environment with a large family. His main support was his cousin, who he confided in for friendship and advice. Unfortunately, a year ago, he passed away.

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Donald Creates a New Routine

     At 13 years old, Donald never expected to be sent to a juvenile detention center. He had let his friends influence his decisions, which led him to street activities like doing drugs, stealing and fighting.    At home, Donald was defiant, aggressive and abused substances, believing that this was his only path in

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Someone to Lean On

                After finally being adopted, Keona and her sister Alyssa thought they could enjoy a forever home. Two years ago, their world was turned upside down by their adopted mom’s passing away.                With no relationship with any of her family members, Rebecca was placed in an impossible situation. She decided to foster both girls that her mother

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Courage of Living

                Raven felt alone as she struggled with depression and anxiety, causing her to resort to cutting herself and substance abuse. At 17 years old, Raven struggled with self-esteem and trust among her family, which lead to attempting to take her life.                 It wasn’t until Raven attempted suicide that her mom was introduced to

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Keeping the “Lights On”

                      “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” Maya Angelou, American poet and rights activist.            Highfields’ Reaching Higher after school program celebrated a special day on October 24th called ‘Lights On.’ It's a nationwide celebration that symbolizes how after-school programs keep the lights on for

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Be Who You Are

              At 15 years old, Ian was failing out of school due to missing over 116 days. He felt going to school was a waste of time, and had better things to do, like playing video games.               Ian always fought against the

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Fighting Fate

            What if you could change your fate? Rather than following the wrong direction, you were given a chance to change for the better. For Noah, he was on a path of crime and violence, until Highfields helped him find a new road.             At only 14 years old, Noah used fighting as a way

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Recipe for Success

  Life has many challenges, but eating shouldn’t be one of them. Some students said there was a time when they didn’t know what their next meal would be, or if they would even get one. Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation’s Youth Action Committee, our students had a chance to learn valuable

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Lost Love Rap

“Lost Love” Written and Performed by Timothy and Tyler   Timothy’s Verse: I’ve been walking through the dark I promise I don’t know where to go, When I lost my dad I felt like I shattered every bone, Every night I’m in this hell and I just feel so alone, Like I’m trapped by the

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“I Believe in Highfields”

                Being a member of the Highfields’ Board of Directors is more than just attending meetings. For Erika Fussman, it is a completely new experience. As she begins her second term, she approaches her role with a sense of duty.                  “It’s an honor to serve on the

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