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School of Family Studies and Human Services graduate wins Life Award in Education

Friday, November 2, 2018

Amanda Frey, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was recently awarded a LIFE award from WPLG-TV Local 10 for her dedication to education in Florida.

The LIFE Award for Education recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a record of academic excellence, creativity in project innovation and leadership, an ability to inspire others to reach their academic potential and effectively mentor or tutor students.

Frey’s passion for education began early on when she decided to invest her time into academic excellence to make her cancer-stricken mother proud. After working with middle school students in math and science in 2010, she changed careers and began her journey as a Youth Development Professional with Take Stock in Children of Broward County. In her role as executive director, she is tasked with increasing the college enrollment and retention of disadvantaged students. She created an innovative curriculum, and within six months of implementation, TSIC Broward saw an increase in high school graduation rates from 89% to 100% and an increase in college enrollment from 69% to 96%. As a result, Frey’s curriculum was adopted by other TSIC programs throughout the state of Florida.

In her commitment to education, Frey enrolled at K-State to pursue her online master’s degree in Family Studies and Human Services with an emphasis in youth development. She received her degree in December 2017.

To watch the LIFE Awards ceremony, please visit the Local 10 news website.

About Take Stock in Children:

Take Stock in Children is a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income youth/students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education. They offer students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life. Services start in middle school, continue through high school and include their transition into college.

This article was posted on Friday, November 2, 2018, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services.