“Learning at a Distance”

Education has taken a challenging turn during the COVID-19 pandemic. For after school programs like Reaching Higher, directing resources and students have taken a whole new form of creativity. Program Director, Brenda Weck, received the go-ahead for the “Learning at a Distance Plan” from the Michigan Department of Education. The new platform for learning and

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Part of Something Bigger

Community resources can be difficult to find without a little help. Highfields’ counselor, Sherronia Walker knew this all too well from growing up in Detroit with 11 brothers and sisters. During childhood, Sherronia always took care of her siblings. She recognized that people don’t always have the resources they need in order to help better

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Fighting for a Better Life

Angel and his family moved 2,000 miles away, from Honduras to the United States, to escape the violent cultural unrest and find a better life. For the past 5 years, Angel struggled with a new life, new country, and bad experiences from his past. He coped with his pain by using marijuana and fighting with

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More to Give

After 39 years of teaching government to high school students, Greg Clevenger felt he still had more to give. He chose to continue his journey by earning his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Spring Arbor University. Greg believed he needed to seize the moment and continue helping others through counselling. As part of his

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Why Should I Hire You?

It’s hard to think about getting a job when you’re still trying to finish high school, but for some residential students, they can’t wait to join the working world. The only thing stopping them is the perfect resume. Human Resource Specialist at Community Mental Health Authority, Lori Paine, shared insights from her perspective on how

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“We All have a Story to Tell”

Retired school teacher Greta McHaney-Trice and friend James Gardin visited campus to speak to students in honor of Black History Month. Greta shared the importance of telling your story. She handed each student a card with either a quote or a name with facts relating to famous individuals. Students were required to speak with their peers, one

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Being the Hero of Your Own Story

Residential students visited the Wharton Center to see the comedy show, Basic Training. The show was created and performed by Kahlil Ashanti, based on his experience in the U.S. Air Force. Afterwards, Ashanti requested to visit Highfields’ campus to share his story with students. Though Ashanti is a successful actor and comedian, his journey to

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Sharing Mindfulness in Schools

When it comes to extra-curricular activities for children, teaching mindfulness doesn’t seem to be the first choice.  Yet, Reaching Higher students at North Elementary have been practicing mindfulness for the past nine weeks. Thanks to Highfields Mindfulness and Meditation Coordinator, Becky Womboldt, students have learned more than just to sit still. “My favorite part of

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“Highfields’ Mission Called to Me”

Members of Highfields’ Board of Directors come from all different backgrounds to shape the future of families in the community. This year, Highfields will be inducting a new Board Chair, Brandie Ekren. Brandie is the Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Development for the Board of Water and Light. She is a member of the

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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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