Worker Story

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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Steve Helps Kids Become Successful Adults

   When a friend suggested that Steve Swart disc jockey a talent show at Highfields, he wasn’t sure it was something he wanted to do. He had never worked with kids before. But, just for fun, he did it anyway — and he loved it.    Swart said seeing all the positive work done at

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When Teachers Play GAMES

   When you give afterschool program facilitators a problem, they find an answer. That’s what they are trained to do – think on their feet and find solutions.    Brenda Weck, Highfields’ Reaching Higher project director, proved this last October. When she discovered that her coordinators may not be able to attend the Michigan AfterSchool Association Conference,

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Grant Gives Counselors Opportunity to Motivate

   "I want to be someone my son can look up to," Chris Robinson said and looked at the room of counselors standing before him.    "Family is important to you," one counselor said.    "Being a good father is important to you," another responded.    "You want to set a good example for your

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A Family Legacy

   TaKarra Wilson takes after her dad and uncles. They’re tough but they all have big hearts. That might be why they’re so good at being residential counselors.    TaKarra has worked for Highfields as a residential counselor for about two years. She spends her days with the residents, offering them support and behavioral counseling

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The Resource Queen of Clinton County

    Erika Phillips is always running. A mother of four, a Highfields Wraparound facilitator for Clinton County and an active member of her community, she keeps her schedule full. But you won't find her complaining – in fact, she'll admit to being called a "Positive Patty" by her colleagues.     She says that,

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