Helping Teens Develop Emotionally Healthy Lives by Strengthening Self-esteem and Resilience
“I watched the crowd … and they were all riveted to what Freddie had to say.”
Victim to Victor
Today, a large number of young people struggle with low self-esteem. They struggle to see value within themselves and within life. In an attempt to cope, many choose to become victims of their circumstances and engage in self-destructive behaviors. Tragically, often resulting in suicide.
Through use of his story, Freddie teaches young people that they can overcome their challenges and live happy and fulfilling lives through self-development. Freddie demonstrates that our perspective in life, and the choices we make, as a result, determines the quality of our lives; that every challenge we face offers an invaluable opportunity to develop our character; and that forgiveness results in a complete transformation of the self.
Through key lessons, Freddie challenges his audience to face their fears, to take risks, to put themselves first, and ultimately, reach their fullest potential.
Key Learning Outcomes:
- Giving up is not a solution
- Overcoming adversity
- We grow through resistance
- Wishing for change will change nothing. Taking action will change everything
- Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself
Appropriate for Grades 7 Through College Level
What People Say
Mule Creek State Prison
Dr. Stacey Bagnasco
The story of the boy who though he wanted to die but in reality, he just wanted to be saved.
I used to think that forgiveness was an act of grace that we extend to others. It never occurred to me that perhaps, forgiveness isn’t something we give away but rather a decision to liberate ourselves from the inside out. I never understood that forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves. . . Until today
The future can be scary. Life is unpredictable and nothing is guaranteed. But if we allow fear to prevent us from moving forward then we’ll never get anywhere. Unintentionally, for years, I allowed fear to paralyze me in place. I realized, however, if I keep allowing fear to hold me back, then I will miss out on EVERYTHING that could have been. And life is too precious to just let it go to waste – I don’t want to live the rest of my life questioning, “what if?” So, I decided to put a brave face on, despite my fears, and move across the country! Read on to hear about my journey.