Success Stories

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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Chelsea Earns Success With Your Support

   When Chelsea got expelled from school in the seventh grade, she didn’t know what would happen. She couldn’t get into another school; she had been expelled or suspended for fighting from too many schools already. In fact, from the fifth grade until the seventh grade, she had spent about two weeks a year attending

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Shilynn Builds a Brighter Future

   Shilynn is a good student. She gets all As and Bs, holds two jobs and her smile doubles in size when she thinks about her future. But a year ago, things were much different.    When Shilynn began high school, she stopped going to class. She skipped school so much that by the end

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When Domestic Violence Comes Home

   Alissa had seen first-hand the effects violence and emotional disturbance can have on children and families. She worked at Catherine Cobb Domestic Violence Shelter for five years. But when it began to happen in her own family, she was facing a familiar situation from an unfamiliar position.     Alissa had just moved into a

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Judge Garcia Gives Leigha a Second Chance

   Leigha knew she could talk to her mom about anything. But, at age 15, when she told her mom that she drank, smoked marijuana and skipped school, her mother wasn’t happy.    In fact, “she was disgusted with me,” Leigha said.    When she had to go to court for her truancy, she knew

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The Reason We Come to Work

   Dustin didn't like to go to school. He didn't like to be at home. He fought at school, argued at home and was starting to get involved with gang-related violence.    According to Dustin, if something didn't change, he would have dropped out of high school, gotten into more trouble and probably ended up

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Scholarship Allows Mother of Six to Continue Education

   Shelley has always wanted to work with kids and give them a better life. She adopted four of her six children, has been a foster parent and is currently a family support worker at Community Mental Health. But three years ago, she knew she needed help.    She was going through a divorce and

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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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