Stabilization

“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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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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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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Someone to Lean On

                After finally being adopted, Keona and her sister Alyssa thought they could enjoy a forever home. Two years ago, their world was turned upside down by their adopted mom’s passing away.                With no relationship with any of her family members, Rebecca was placed in an impossible situation. She decided to foster both girls that her mother

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Courage of Living

                Raven felt alone as she struggled with depression and anxiety, causing her to resort to cutting herself and substance abuse. At 17 years old, Raven struggled with self-esteem and trust among her family, which lead to attempting to take her life.                 It wasn’t until Raven attempted suicide that her mom was introduced to

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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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Lost Love Rap

“Lost Love” Written and Performed by Timothy and Tyler   Timothy’s Verse: I’ve been walking through the dark I promise I don’t know where to go, When I lost my dad I felt like I shattered every bone, Every night I’m in this hell and I just feel so alone, Like I’m trapped by the

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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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