Highfields Highlights

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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“I see progress every time I see my son”

The first Family Treatment Weekend in the Dart Family Treatment and Education Center was a success! We had a record number of families visit the weekend of July 20-22. Parents like Angela, Charkia and Christina had amazing experiences with their families and can't wait to come back again! “Thanks to Highfields, I see progress every

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How much do your Air Jordan’s cost?

Financial literacy can be a challenge. Thankfully, Highfields’ residential students had the opportunity to learn about the importance of finances through to a grant from the Community Foundation’s Youth Action Committee and lessons provided by MSU Federal Credit Union. Building a strong financial background begins with the basics, saving, spending and sharing. Youth are often

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Celebrating Black History Month

   Every year, Highfields celebrates Black History Month with inspirational speakers, off campus activities, and a Black History Month dinner.    All of the special programs are designed to inspire students to show them that no matter what their circumstance is in life, they still have the opportunity to turn their life around and do

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A Collective Voice

New youth council empowers students, like Xandir and Jordan (pictured above)    Thanks to the influence of the Building Bridges Initiative, Highfields is enhancing programs and creating new opportunities for students.    One example is youth council where students have a chance to voice their opinions, make decisions, and address challenges.    “The purpose of youth

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Thanksgiving Poem

Why I'm Thankful By: Jordan I'm thankful for my family because they keep me going even when I want to give up. I'm thankful for God because without God I would not be breathing. I'm thankful for the providers at Highfields because they provide me with a second chance to change my life.  I'm thankful for

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Sit, Fetch, and Heal

Therapy dogs help students who are dealing with trauma.    Did you know that pets can be more than just cute and cuddly?    Dogs, for instance, can be trained to provide affection, comfort and love to people in schools, hospitals, and even residential treatment facilities like Highfields. They are called therapy dogs.    Students

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Trauma-Informed Campus

New upgrades throughout Highfields’ campus will benefit students.    The majority of Highfields residential students have been victims of trauma. It affects how they respond to situations and their willingness to receive treatment.    Highfields’ residential staff is trained to understand trauma responses. They learn what trauma is, what it does to the body, what

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New Making Memories Program

Thanks to a grant from the Lansing Exchange Youth Foundation, residential students and their families spent a day having fun and making memories together!    What does a day at the amusement park have to do with the treatment of troubled youth?    Perhaps you’ve heard the saying: families that play together stay together. There

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Dontrell re-focused his priorities at Highfields

Thanks to supportive staff and opportunities at Highfields, Dontrell is making positive changes. “My dad has spent most of my life in prison. When I was 10 years old, I began to let negative influences take ahold of me.  I was getting into shootouts and robbing people and not thinking about the consequences of my

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