Success 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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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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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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“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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Thanks to you, Anna Graduated!

  After refusing to go to school, Anna was interviewed to become part of Ingham Academy’s educational program for troubled youth. She came into the program with zero credits, and an ‘I don’t care’ attitude. Once she gave the program a chance, she realized that life was about more than following the rules. The more she

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A New Tune to Making a Difference

After leaving Highfields in March of 2019, 17-year-old Jordan walks across the stage just a couple months later at the Leslie High School Graduation. After Jordan’s troubled past, he explains how he used his experience at Highfields to overcome his challenges. “Staying out of trouble is mandatory,” Jordan states. Highfields really helped to change the

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Overcoming Grief

You helped a family overcome multiple issues to see a brighter future.    When 16-year-old Brandon lost one close friend to suicide and two family members to drug overdoses, he became a different person.    “He was a happy-go lucky kid on the honor role at school,” said his mother, Carlee. “Then he turned to drugs

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