Stories

Thinking Outside the Box

Every year Highfields’ Reaching Higher after school program provides kids with the chance to have a summer camp experience. Although many camps have closed, it’s given staff the opportunity to think “outside the box” to provide a new experience for students called: “camp in a box!” Staff from Reaching Higher schools have created over 700

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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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“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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