Inside Frederick

My name is Frederick and this is my story.

Image of Frederick Shegog outside of a school

For me, it’s not enough to just be sober; I want to make a difference in the world. Growing up, I was a happy, motivated child with big dreams for my future until substance abuse and mental illness began to grab hold of my life. I struggled a long time with these issues, but when I got clean and took control of my life, I realized I didn’t want to stop there. I wanted to find a way to ensure that those still struggling could also find the help and encouragement they needed to rise above. That’s why in 2018, I founded The Message LLC, to bring hope to those in need.

Growing up with a single mom, I found myself spending a lot of time with my grandfather- the man who most influenced my identity. From a young age, my grandfather taught me hard work and Christian values. As I have grown, life has taken me down many roads, some good and some hard. In all these different life changes, I have often found myself referring back to my grandfather and the identity he helped instill in me. I have found that the three values that I have come to treasure most in my life are loyalty, honesty, and free-thinking. It’s on these three values that I have set the foundation for my company, The Message LLC.

I lost myself to substance abuse and mental illness for years of my life. I saw the joy of my life stripped away and replaced with panhandling, dumpster-diving, and homelessness. I knew I had hit my rock bottom, but I knew even more that I didn’t want to stay there. I started my journey to recovery step by step, going from the streets to a treatment center, to a half-way house to where I am today with a college degree and a successful business. I knew that just getting clean was not where I wanted to stop. I wanted to share my journey and spread hope and help to others still struggling. I want my re-found joy to continue spreading and encouraging everyone it can. I want to help others find hope and to know that they are not alone.

I believe that once a person finds their passion, the sky is the limit.  I have found that my passion is to uplift others to realize they have gifts! I have put my passion to work through my company, The Message LLC, to help our future generation rise above. I want to use my lessons and talents to work with schools and communities to teach people that health is wealth. I genuinely believe that the students of today can change the world of tomorrow and that students in recovery are untapped resources who also have great gifts to lead us to a better world.

I realize that schools have their hands full doing their best to help their students, and I want to let them know that I am an ally for them. I am grateful for all their hard work, but I know that reaching students can be hard. I founded my company so that I can help schools to motivate students to find their passion and reach their true potential, and also so I can become a liaison between the schools and the parents/communities. I know that reaching students during school hours is only part of the solution; these students need to know they have help outside of school and a place where even their parents can turn to for help if needed. I founded The Message LLC so I could be part of that solution. I want students to know that they have a place to turn. I want them to know that there are people, like myself, who have been where they are and have still overcome their situation. I want them to know there is hope.

I want to reach students before they leave high school, but I also want to be there for those in college and beyond. Having been a student in recovery during college, I know the value of Collegiate Recovery Programs (CRPs). While most colleges have CRPs, most are underfunded and lack resources. I know that going to college for these students struggling with substance abuse/mental illness is possible. When I found myself at my lowest, on the streets struggling with addiction, I never gave college a thought. Thankfully, through my recovery, I realized I had the power to achieve my goals. In 2020 I graduated from Delaware County Community College with high honors obtaining my degree in communication. I know that I owe part of my success to the various programs offered to me during this time. There was a village that allowed me to graduate and breed success. The Message LLC is the new village for any student to achieve at the highest levels.

I have dealt with much turmoil in my own life due to substance abuse and mental illness. I am thankful to have found help, which has led me down a better life full of happiness and success, but I don’t want to stop there. I want to work with you and your community to help bring this new-found joy and life to all parts of the world! I have spoken at multiple schools, colleges, treatment centers, and even virtual meetings. I want people to know that they are not alone in their struggles and that there is hope! Through The Message LLC, I will inspire, educate, and help create healthy lifestyles for all.

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Frederick’s presentations should be required on all on college campuses worldwide. He will not only help the students; he will immediately impact the way faculty educate the students. He is an institutional game changer that is setting a dynamic trend needed in today's world. Inspiring, educational, and motivating are the core of what his talents bring to any audience. Frederick is the new standard of hope, leadership, and recovery.

Terry Foster
Founder, Terry Foster Consulting