Gabe is a competitive 17 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. Read More


Rakia has an outgoing personality.  She is friendly and has a big heart. Rakia is smart and takes pride in her education. Read More


Jayden is a playful 13 year old who is energetic and likes connections. He is non-verbal, but 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. Read More


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. Read More


Brandon (16) is a rather quiet and reserved young man, but if you can get him talking about his interests or thoughts on a fun topic, he really does have some brilliant and hilarious insights. Brandon is sarcastic and thoughtful and really likes to approach a situation with logic and sense. Brandon enjoys video games and chat rooms where he has made some great digital friends. Read More


Madalyn (Mady) is a friendly, helpful, smart, and caring preteen who is very curious about the world around her and the people in it!  Mady not only dreams for herself but for her loved ones which is a true testament to who she is and can be as an individual.  Mady is a Harry Potter fan and is not afraid to own it!  Mady also enjoys reading graphic novels, watching TV (K.C. Undercover) and Youtube videos, working on coloring art projects or with play-doh, being outside, and listening to musical artists like Lizzo, Justin Bieber, and Kelsea Ballerini. Read More


Benjamin, affectionately called “Benny” by some, could be described as smart, curious, and joyfully sarcastic... Read More


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


Devante is an active 15 year old with an infectious smile. He enjoys being outside and loves to play basketball. Read More


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. Read More


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. Read More


Matthew (Lamont) is an intelligent teenager who has a great sense of humor! He loves being social, talking with new people, and is able to hold a conversation with ANYONE! Matthew has the type of personality that is like a magnet. He can enter a room of all new people and by the time he is leaving, he knows everyone there! Read More


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. Read More


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! Read More


Ari is a kind, passionate 16 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... Read More


Bridget is an active, likable, young lady who can be very outgoing once she feels comfortable around you. Read More


Walker (they/them) is a very thoughtful, friendly, and intelligent 15 year old. Walker tends to be a straight A student, and has a lot of pride in their school work! Because Walker does so well in school and is skilled in encouraging meaningful conversations with their peers, Walker is growing into becoming a great leader. Read More


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! Read More


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! Read More


Jaxen is an outgoing and chatty kid with a smile that can light up a room. He is energetic and filled with curiosity, and loves to show off his favorite things to people he meets, including his toys/stuffed animals, or his latest favorite YouTube video. Jaxen thrives on adult attention and will keep you on your toes as he moves between activities he enjoys:... Read More


Angel (16) describes herself as, “nice, respectful, & fun.” Others have described her as, “thoughtful, artistic, and athletic.” Although Angel is on the quieter side when she meets new people she is not shy when speaking up for herself and practicing her advocacy skills. Read More


Shakira is described as being sweet, smart, a good leader, athletic, and friendly. She is a young lady with big dreams and those close to her believe she can and will be successful in whatever she puts her mind to! Shakira says she enjoys being active, spending time outside, hanging out with friends, being adventurous, swimming, and horses. Read More


Kail (12) is an outgoing and talkative guy, with no shortage of wilderness facts! Read More


Shaniya is a compassionate young lady who loves helping out others. She is friendly and has a big heart. Shaniya can be outspoken and opinionated when she is comfortable around you Read More


Talondre is a curious and perceptive 16 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. Read More

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