Highfields Highlights

Students Gear Up for New Music Studio

Highfields’ music studio has helped many at-risk students since opening in 2017, thanks to the James and Kimberly Currie Foundation. Three years later, the original placement of the music studio is no longer safe due to the age of the structure. Now, thanks to the Currie Foundation’s continued support, Highfields was able to move the

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Quarantine on Campus

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, Highfields’ campus has been closed to visitors and non-essential staff, but as a 24-hour facility for at-risk boys, some adjustments needed to be made. Some residential students have been given a chance to go home, however, those who remain on campus have adapted to a “new normal.” At first, dealing

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Follow the Leader

Jonathan became friends with people who influenced his actions in a negative way. He committed crimes such as breaking and entering, larceny, and concealing stolen vehicles. After he was caught breaking into four phone stores, Jonathan was referred to Highfields’ residential treatment program to help turn his life around. Right away, he tried to make

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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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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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Exploring Pure Michigan

When it comes to summer vacation, the goal is to have as much fun as possible, right? For Highfields' residential students, that’s exactly what they did! From the thrills of the tallest roller coaster at Michigan's Adventure, to the chill of the arctic waters where the penguins play, residential students had a busy summer. “Being

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