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A Friend by Her Side
Freddie was six years old when she was selected for Friends of the Children New York. She was consistently getting into fights with her peers, had trouble staying focused in school, and was often disrespectful to her teachers.
Freddie lived with her mother and sister in one of the local housing projects. In the third grade, the family moved in with a close friend as Freddie's mother's health began to fail. In 7th grade, her mother passed away. Throughout this difficult time, Freddie's Friend was there by her side, supporting and encouraging her.
Freddie graduated with honors from Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics, and is now a sophomore at Syracuse University majoring in communications. She is working while going to school and is living independently in an apartment near campus. This past fall at Youth INC's twentieth anniversary Celebration, Freddie was named the first recipient of their Youth Achievement Award.