Freddie Almazan

Helping Teens Embrace Adversity as an Opportunity to Grow

“I watched the crowd … and they were all riveted to what Freddie had to say.”

Victim to Victor

How Our Challenges Offer An Opportunity To Develop Our Character

Often, teens adopt a victim mentality when faced with adversity, blaming others for their problems rather than seeking solutions. To an emotionally healthy teenager, a resilient response may come as second nature. However, to a teenager who wasn’t raised in an emotionally supportive environment, a challenging situation, such as trauma, can have a devastating impact on their mental health. Many will struggle with depression and turn to self-destructive behaviors. Uncommonly, resulting in suicide (Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens, CDC).

However, according to Psychologist Scott Kauffman, there is no correlation between experiencing trauma or victimization with possessing the victimhood mindset. In other words, teens need not have suffered from trauma to develop a victimhood mindset.

Through use of his story, Freddie helps teens deconstruct the victimhood mindset so they embrace adversity as an opportunity to grow. Freddie demonstrates that our challenges offer an opportunity to develop our character, our imperfections make us beautiful and forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves.

Through key lessons, Freddie challenges his audience to face their fears, to take risks, to put themselves first, and ultimately, to reach their fullest potential.

Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Our challenges offer an opportunity to grow
  • You are more beautiful for being broken
  • Wishing for change will change nothing. Taking action will change everything
  • Forgiveness is a choice for freedom

Appropriate for Grades 7 Through College Level

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What People Say

“His speech was amazing … It was very mind changing.”

Marketia

Marketia Banks-Asuncion

Student

“I was always a very angry person … and I never wanted to change anything until I watched [Freddie’s presentation].”

Matthew

Matthew Ferido

Student

“What I took from his speech is that you can really turn something very difficult into something very beautiful.“

Katherine

Katherine Ho

Student

“Anyone who chooses Freddie to come to their school is going to be blessed to have a beautiful and powerful message sent to their students.”

Julia

Julia Montes

School Counselor

“When Freddie speaks his words carry weight and go straight to people’s hearts. He is authentic, endearing and [is] a joy to hear speak.”

School Educator

“His message has a lot of value to kids … I think it’s a great way to move the climate of your campus in a positive direction.”

Scott

Scott Mcgregor

Principal

“His speech was amazing … there were many wet eyes in the room.”

Publication

Mule Creek State Prison

“I watched the crowd … and they were all riveted to what Freddie had to say and were equally touched and motivated.”

Yuri

Yuri Penermon

Principal

“His speech was powerful … just that message of hope that he can give to other kids.”

Susan

Susan Atterberry

Counselor

“Something that I really admired about Freddie’s presentation is that its something that anyone can relate to … whether you’re rich or poor. Old or young. Anyone, at some level, can relate to his story … I encourage you to bring him to your school and have him inspire your students.”

Yesmin

Yesmin Ortiz

School Director

“I liked how Freddie made the students think about their own lives and how they can take responsibility and make change by changing their attitude … he really identifies with the [students] and they connect with him … I would definitely recommend bringing Freddie to your school.”

Stacey

Dr. Stacey Bagnasco

School Director

“Freddie’s speech was very impactful. I learned that no matter what we go through in life we should never give up. There is always hope.”

Ariana

Ariana Burnett

Student

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