Press & Writings

The Chronicle of Higher Education
MARCH 9, 2022
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Late one night in October, Frederick Shegog walked down to his unfinished basement. It was time to practice his speech.

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Resources for students in recovery should be as common as the bookstore
AUGUST 23, 2018
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Community colleges, which enroll about 46 percent of the nation's college students, are ideally positioned to help students in recovery.

Delco student shines on national communication panel
DECEMBER 11, 2019
The Philadelphia Tribune

Delaware County Community College student Frederick “Freddie” Shegog of Drexel Hill participated recently in a panel discussion during the National Communication Association conference in Baltimore.

Speaker encourages students to use their gifts and find their purpose
December 9, 2020
Montgomery County Community College

Thinking about how to build a legacy is not on most students’ minds when they are in college, but it was the question posed by inspirational speaker Frederick (Freddy) Shegog during his online presentations on Dec. 1 and 2.

Hope Dealer: Student’s Journey from Homelessness and Addiction to College Honors
January 28, 2019
Delaware County Community College

Dumpster diving, panhandling and drinking were once everyday activities for Frederick Shegog. In his early twenties, he entered a spiral of addiction that pulled him away from his childhood dreams.

Overcoming life’s obstacles, and emerging a better person
November 11, 2020
Daily Local News

West Chester University student Frederick Shegog overcame homelessness and addiction by embracing education.

Wake Up, America: I am African-American and in Recovery
June 5, 2020

Being black in America and recovery should not be a double edge sword. For years, mental health and substance use disorder funding have disproportionately affected people of color.


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Words cannot express the respect and admiration I have for Frederick. His dedication to spreading the message of "hope, inspiration, and recovery" across the nation is impressive and critical for so many people to hear. The life and experience he brings to his work allow him to reach across age, race, gender truly, and socioeconomic lines to make a real and lasting impact on all people, no matter what obstacles they have to overcome. He is an incredible example of what it means to dig deep inside yourself and own your story, rewriting the narrative into something you can not only feel proud of but that you can harness into a positive light for others. His message needs to be heard far and wide so that when people see themselves in him, they will know that they, too, can unapologetically own their story and rewrite their ending. His formal accomplishments are impressive, and yet it is his humanity, humility, and authenticity that will win you over!

Laura Burke, M.Ed.
Founding Principal at Clara Brown Entrepreneurial Academy
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