Kiralynn is a caring, funny, and helpful young lady with a lot of ambition and wit. Kiralynn has the desire to have a career in the medical field to share her passion for helping those in need. She also has a love for music and most importantly, being a new mom.


Gabe is a competitive 14 year old who loves sports, especially basketball. He enjoys listening to music and will often rap to his favorite songs. He likes to make people smile and is always mindful of other’s needs. Gabe is into Fortnite and has been thinking about the possibility of being a YouTube guru.


Ashton is smart, outgoing, friendly, and very polite. He thrives on one-on-one attention from adults and likes stuffed animals and being tucked into bed at night. Ashton often connects better with younger kids because he enjoys the chance to play outside and is not yet interested in staying inside playing video games all day like many older teen boys!

Jay and Maria

Maria and Lemuel (Jay) are active, engaging, and curious kids. They are constantly on the go and will spend all day playing outside if you let them! They are sweet, kind, and both have incredibly unique personalities...


Izaich is a cool, creative, and car-ing kid. He likes to play basket-ball and make art...


Jaxon is a funny kid who likes to make people laugh. Jaxon can be extremely endearing. He is a polite kid and presents with good manners. Jaxon can be shy at first but once he feels comfortable, he can become very outgoing and talkative.


Derek (15) is a very inquisitive, clever and creative young man who likes to share strange, but interesting facts. Derek is a fascinating person to be around. He is the coolest nerd. His interests are: Dungeons & Dragons, LARP’ing [Live Action Role Play], creating ‘art’ with Legos, ‘alien watching/hunting, space, and ‘adventuring’ outdoors.


Jaxen is an outgoing and chatty 8-year-old with a smile that can light up a room. He is filled with curiosity and likes to explore anything that he can, and he loves showing off his costumes and “stuffies” (stuffed animals) to new people he meets. Jaxen thrives when engaged in hands-on activities, and he particularly enjoys origami, legos, coloring, riding his bike, and playing video, computer, and board games...


Antonio (16) describes himself as, “athletic, adventurous, and humorous.” Others have described him as, “kind, smart, calm, and easygoing.” Antonio LOVES to be outdoors and will be outside as much as he can,  rain or shine (“but preferably sun”). He’s especially enjoyed past opportunities to go four-wheel riding and hunting for sport. When he has to be inside, he enjoys playing video games (sports games), board games, and sleeping. He is a three season athlete football in the fall, basketball, in the winter, and soccer in the spring.


Alexa is talkative, outgoing, and enjoys the company of adults. Alexa can be very helpful with chores and delegated projects. Alexa is a fascinating young lady to be around. She enjoys listening to music [any genre besides Country], dancing to Hip Hop, reading and playing electronic games. Alexa is very athletic and likes to play all sports, especially full contact football.


Ari is a kind, passionate 15 year old girl who loves to tell you what’s on her mind.  Ari describes herself as a self-advocate who lets people know what she wants, needs and thinks.


Dre'Vonne (Dre) is a funny, active, helpful, smart, and caring boy who can be a bit shy when you first meet him.  Dre tends to play it cool around strangers, but he warms up as he gets to know you over time.  Cracking silly jokes with him may get you an eye roll or eyebrow raise, but he enjoys using humor with others!  Dre loves anything/everything about basketball and would like to join his school basketball team.  He also has a passion for music (modern hip hop/rap), enjoys video games, reading, and likes remote control cars. 


Alexis is a very happy girl who expresses joy by smiling or clapping.  She really enjoys listening to music, being taken for walks outside, and being around other kids. She likes to watch her classmates when they are in the gym or in band when she's at school. Her favorite musical artist is Pink, but she enjoys a variety of other artists too!  Alexis has no shortage of people around her who care about her, and she seems to react positively to those individuals. 


Katrina or Kat is a fun-loving 16 year old who loves Japanese Manga, Pokemon, and cartoon comedy.  She is creative and very artistic. She often communicates best through her drawings and is very relational. She enjoys one on one relationship building, and is very easy to get along with!


Jahairius (16), also known as, Jay, is a thoughtful, articulate young man who has a huge heart. Jay is very active and enjoys playing sports [football is his favorite], listening to music, and spending time with his peers. He has a ‘charming’ persona that people, young and old, tend to flock to. Jay has an interest in vintage cars. His favorite car of all times is the 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback.


Talkative, polite, quirky, and funny are all great ways to describe Jayden. Jayden is engaging and will share what’s on his mind. He has a big heart and is loyal to the people he is closest to. Jayden is a reader and can spend a day lost in the pages of sci-fi or Greek mythology book. In between trips to the library, Jayden likes to spend time on computers and playing video games


Devante is a 14 year old boy who loves being active and on-the-go. He’s always looking for ways to help out...


Chris has a smile that can light up a room!  He likes to watch and play all kinds of sports and prefers to shoot baskets more than read books.  Chris worries if someone he cares about is struggling and will stand up for anyone he considers a friend.  He can be quiet at times but will bust out a hilarious one-liner when its least expected.


Gabrielle “Gabe” is an 8 year old boy who is full of energy and imagination. He’s been described as kind, helpful, and thoughtful. He loves to play with Legos and toys so that he can come up with superhero stories and eventually save the day! Gabe is active and likes being able to play outside to burn off his energy.


Walker is a very thoughtful, friendly, and intelligent teenage boy.  Walker tends to be a straight A student, and has a lot of pride in his school work!  Because he does so well in school, Walker could be a great leader with his peers and is working on these skills.  He is quiet when you first meet him, but he does begin to open up with time.  Walker is a kid who can appreciate it when someone gets straight to the point but who can also talk through and process different topics of conversation with maturity when he wants to. 


Rakia has an outgoing personality.  She is friendly and has a big heart. Rakia is smart and takes pride in her education. She likes fashion, shopping, singing and listening to music. Rakia enjoys being active and would like to participate in soccer. She also likes playing basketball, spending time outdoors and going for walks at the park.


Rosa is an active, likable, and funny young lady with a big heart. Rosa enjoys playing basketball and shopping. She has an artistic side as well.

Jada and Arramond

Jada is a caring, intelligent, outgoing young woman!  Her family and independence are two of her main priorities and things she values most. 

Arramond is also caring, humorous, and cares deeply for his family and friends.  He likes to play sports-basketball especially!

Armani & Adam

Armani (12, they/them) describes themselves as “cool.” Others describe them as, “creative, insightful, and a strong advocate.” They are generally quiet until they get to know people.

Adam (10, he/him) describes himself as, “quiet, unless I want to talk and then I’ll talk all I want.” Others describe him as, “funny, energetic, and a mix of introvert and extrovert.”

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Brandon describes himself as a caring and respectful teen who values his independence and has a strong ability to advocate for himself and for others.  He can be a leader with his peers when given some guidance and the opportunity.  His two favorite words are resilience and optimism...


When asked how he would describe his personality, Edward stated, “I’m perky, but sometimes grumpy.” Others in his life note that he is a very talkative, outgoing, funny, intelligent, and inquisitive young man. Edward has spent time on farms growing up and after a short time with him, you can tell he is very knowledgeable and interested in everything outdoors.


Kayden is an outgoing child who has a great sense of humor and appreciates people who can joke around with him!  He’s very talkative once you get to know him, but is cautious when he is just meeting a new person or a new place.  Kayden is constantly working on his next K’NEX creation (usually roller coasters he has researched), loves playing with Legos and transformers, and has a great time climbing trees, bowling, sledding in the winter, watching baseball games and superhero movies, playing video games, and playing board games. 


Talondre is a curious and perceptive 15 year old. His charm, energy, and smile tend to earn him the attention of others. Others describe him as, “thoughtful, funny, engaging and sweet.” He cares deeply for people, particularly his siblings and caregivers and is fiercely loyal. He is an active youth who loves to play basketball, video games, and cook meals.


Jayden is a playful 11 year old who is energetic and likes connections. He is non-verbal but is agile in teaching you to communicate with him in other ways such as holding your hand to let you know when he appreciates you or gestures with his hands to indicate that he would like something within your reach. He is a good eater and enjoys food of all sorts.


Selena is a bubbly, talkative, outgoing young lady who’s smile is contagious. Selena is a fascinating young lady to be around. She enjoys listening to music, writing music, in addition to, being hip to the latest dance moves.  Selena is very active and likes to play sports, especially basketball.

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