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Youth learn life lessons from bees

Youth learn life lessons from bees

Students in the HIGHTS program, which works with vulnerable youth and their families in Western North Carolina, learn about more than honey when they tend beehives through HIGHTS’ Bee Well program, which believes that bees are good tools for working with youth.

“I have seen kids really be transformed working with the bees,” said Bethany Sheffer, youth counselor and beekeeper. “The kids are learning mindfulness and self-regulation through the hands-on care of the hives.”

Volunteers from area bee keeping associations are also involved in the program, working with youth through an apprenticeship that teaches entrepreneurial skills. Learn more at

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