The Highpoint Campus has a fully functioning greenhouse and a flourishing garden on site. Both of these are maintained by our students and staff on a daily basis. We grow everything completely organically, from seed to harvest. We put an emphasis on soil health, companion planting, and non-synthetic pest control, and educate the students on why this is important. We encourage the students to think about sustainability and the impact that humans put on the Earth's resources. We encourage a healthy work ethic and often discuss how learning these skills at Hillcrest will be helpful in their transitions back into community settings. Students can work in the greenhouse and garden as part of the on campus vocational program or by volunteering.
We have brought broccoli, lettuce, spinach, zucchini and summer squash to the kitchen already this year for our students and staff to enjoy with their meals. We also have tomato, eggplant, pumpkin, butternut squash, cucumbers and sweet pepper setting fruit from our garden.
In the greenhouse, we have an assortment of house plants and perennials. These include Coleus, Aloe Vera, Jades, Geraniums, Shamrocks, Spider Plants, African Violets, Wandering Jews, and Purple Hearts for house plants. Bee Balm, Day Lily, Coneflower, Perennial Phlox, Autumn Joy Sedum, Meadow Sage, and Catnip for perennials.
The Girls Circle model, is a structured support group for girls from 9-18 years. It integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training in a specific format designed to increase positive connection, personal and collective strengths, and competence in girls. It aims to counteract social and interpersonal forces that impede girls’ growth and development by promoting an emotionally safe setting and structure within which girls can develop caring relationships and use authentic voices. Girls Circles are held weekly for 1 1/2 to two hours. Each week the facilitator leads the group of girls through a format that includes each girl taking turns talking and listening to one another respectfully about their concerns and interests. The girls express themselves further through creative or focused activities such as role-playing, drama, journaling, poetry, drama, dance, drawing, collage, clay, and more. Gender specific themes and topics are introduced which relate to the girls’ lives, such as being a girl, trusting ourselves, friendships, body image, goals, sexuality, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, competition, and decision-making.
Girls Circle format:
• Weekly sessions for eight to twelve sessions or more
• Five to ten participants and one to two facilitators
• Consistent format with verbal and experiential or expressive activities
• Age-appropriate, gender-relevant themes
• Strengths-based facilitation strategies
To learn more about Girl's Circle, click here