Phoenix

Highfields Wins MAAA State Championship

“How do you want to be remembered?” – Head Coach, Matt Rau    For the first time in over a decade, Highfields’ basketball team brought home a State Championship from the Michigan Alternative Athletic Association.    It was a historic day that almost didn’t happen. Up until the day before, Highfields wasn’t guaranteed to play in

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Jayvon Thrives with the Right Opportunities

   Jayvon struggled in his life before coming to Highfields. He admits he hung out with the wrong crowd and was pressured into shoplifting. He had trouble following the laws of probation and was sent to a juvenile detention center. He went back and forth between different detention centers before the Judge referred him to

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Families That Play Together Stay Together

   Playing together as a family is a great way for parents and children to bond. When families play together they can open up more easily, enjoy each other’s company and create special memories.    At Highfields, we understand how important it is for families to play together. That’s why we dedicate plenty of time

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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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Phoenix Success

   When Dominick got into trouble, his father, Dennis was worried. He didn’t want his son to be far away from his family; two of Dennis’s other children had been placed at Boys Town in Nebraska – too far for him to visit. So when Dominick was placed at Highfields, he knew things would be

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MAAA Gives Opportunities to Students

Coach Vamario Allen awards basketball player Rhishy with the Sportsmanship Award at the Highfields Basketball Awards Ceremony.    When a teenage boy is faced with disappointment, it’s not always easy to keep composure. When you add a history of anger outbursts and problems with authority, you might expect an upsetting outcome.    But when Highfields’ Residential Treatment Program

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Relief Found at Highfields

  Above, Chris and Noah stand outside the Jean Schultz Center at Highfields' Onondaga Campus.   Noah is a smart young man. He could see that his marijuana use was a big factor in why he got into trouble. He could also see that if he continued his drug use, it would lead to bigger,

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Teaching Values Through Basketball

   For many teenagers, sports like basketball or football are a big deal. They play on their school or community teams, dedicate themselves to practice and some of their biggest goals might be to set a personal record or to go with their team to a championship. But to others, sports play a much bigger

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