Determined Mother Leaves No Stone Unturned

   Laura Reppenhagen made a difficult choice 17 years ago. She adopted her niece's daughter, Mickayla when she was 4 months old, and chose to raise her as her own. What Laura did not know was that Mickayla would grow up with mental health issues, diagnosed on the bi-polar spectrum at age 9.  Though challenging at times,

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Doug’s New Beginning

   Seventeen year old Doug Johnson has a big personality and loves being the center of attention. As the middle child of eight brothers and sisters, it's no surprise he wants to stand out. Unfortunately, Doug started seeking attention the wrong way.     Doug started lying, skipping school, and stealing. That's when Doug and his family

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Remembering Judge Drake

   Judge Robert Drake, passed away on August 19, 2015 at the age of 92. We acknowledge his life and legacy as the visionary leader and one of the founding fathers of Highfields.    In 1962 Judge Drake wanted a community-level alternative to prison for the delinquent boys he saw in his court and Highfields was

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Board Profile: Kristin Bartley

   When Kristin Bartley heard Highfields was looking for new board members, she was intrigued. She knew of Highfields, but didn’t know much. So, she set up a lunch meeting with CEO and President, Brian Philson. When she heard what Brian had to say, she was hooked.    "He explained what Highfields did and why he was

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A Mother’s Love

   At age 37, Robin wasn’t sure if she was cut out for motherhood. Pregnant and worried, she decided that her unborn baby would have his best chance at life through an open adoption. She began talking to her next door neighbors who wanted a family but couldn’t have kids.    When she took her baby to

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Brothers Change Their Future with Highfields

   Dijuan and Jimmy grew up rough. That’s how Dijuan puts it. Their mother struggled with a drug addiction – and with staying out of prison. Their grandmother did her best to take care of them and their younger siblings, but it was hard.    Dijuan had lost his older brother when he was seven

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Family Weekend Brings Families Together

   When Isaac and his mother, Sunshine, were told that Isaac was going to Highfields, they were apprehensive. They didn’t know much about it or the people who worked there.    “I was nervous,” Isaac said. “But I also felt good because it was taking me out of the youth center and it would teach

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Students Learn New Skills

   One of the first things Dontrell noticed when he arrived at Highfields’ Onondaga Campus for the Phoenix program was the facilities team. There were three men who would fix everything around campus. They seemed so knowledgeable – like his dad.    When Dontrell was a kid, his dad built a house. He asked Dontrell

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Board Profile: Jeff Klug

   Growing up, Jeff Klug always knew he wanted to be a lawyer.  He felt this was one way that  he could help people and business in the community.    In 2008, that’s what he did – he became an associate at Klug Law Firm, where he helps people and their businesses with legal problems. 

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Chelsea Earns Success With Your Support

   When Chelsea got expelled from school in the seventh grade, she didn’t know what would happen. She couldn’t get into another school; she had been expelled or suspended for fighting from too many schools already. In fact, from the fifth grade until the seventh grade, she had spent about two weeks a year attending

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