Meet Corey

Corey is excited to share some of his story through our In-Depth Profiles, a NWAE project that empowers teens to speak directly to potential adoptive families. Learn more about In-Depth Profiles.

Currently reading: Greek mythology
Is expert at: Roller skating
Other passions: Football, music, racial justice
Would love: Consistent adult support in his life

Corey has a lot he wanted to share with potential adoptive families. He came up with the idea to make a podcast about music where he’d weave it all in! Whether you watch it all, or skip through the chapters using the icon in the player, you’ve got to check this out.

Corey’s great smile shines through best when he’s active. A teenager who is energetic and full of life, Corey has the enthusiasm and talent to play just about any sport; soccer, running, biking, skateboarding, football, and snowboarding are among his favorites. Roller skating has always been a favorite activity of his as well. He’s hits the roller rink on a weekly basis since he was a little kid, so needless to say, he’s really good! Lately he has taken up a new challenge during his high school years: wrestling. He’s excited to lace ‘em up and get out there on the mat.

Corey is naturally entertaining and funny and likes to make people laugh. He makes friends easily wherever he goes with his kind and outgoing personality. Corey describes himself as a learner. He is trying to “learn more about anything and everything.” This definitely explains his love for reading books about Greek mythology. Just recently, Corey’s been focused on improving his public speaking abilities, too. He wants to use his voice to advocate and stand up for others, especially those who face racial discrimination.

Corey also made a list of his top three Greek mythology book recommendations by the author Rick Riordan, so read up!

In the 11th grade, Corey continues to be a smart and capable student with the ability to achieve and maintain good grades. Historically, Corey has been a good student who has completed homework and other school tasks on time. For many years his favorite subject has been math, “because it’s difficult and not everyone is good at it.” He is proud that he has a knack for it. PE classes are always high on Corey's list of favorite classes as well. And now, so is public speaking! The social side of school is especially appealing to Corey, who enjoys being around his peers. Corey loves the chance to join after school activities – it’s a way for him to stay super involved with his school and education – two things that matter a great deal to him.

Corey is a pretty goal-oriented kid. A few of his recent goals include trying out for wrestling, taking lifeguard classes, and attending summer school. He has grown and matured a lot over the past year or so and in return, has become even more independent. He values the opportunity to walk to and from school and have a sense of independence. Corey does best when he knows what is expected of him. Having a very predictable and consistent daily routine at home and at school with simple expectations and limits helps him feel more secure and helps him better manage his energy.

His social worker wants to talk with prospective adoptive parents (especially single dads and couples) who have the know-how and desire to connect with, guide and parent Corey as a 17 year old. A committed family who will not give up on him, is excited to stay active with him, and can help him navigate and thrive in adolescence is what Corey needs most. He has expressed that he would love to have a biracial family with parent(s) that share both his African American and his Caucasian heritage. Corey has also mentioned that he really wants an active family, a family who can keep up with his excitement and who has an equal passion for sports.

Beyond the Profile: When we sat down to record Corey’s podcast, I was quickly reminded about every single thing that I love about talking to teenagers. He had such a possession of his truth, from his love for music to his quickly developing passion for understanding and correcting social wrongs. It felt like we could have explored every single minor topic for additional hours. I also want to call out how much preparation Corey put into making his podcast. He carefully chose songs and committed some talking points to memory too. It’s no wonder that he’s proud to share what resulted! And so am I. My sincere hope is that some families out there will enjoy each minute of his podcast as much as I did, and will reach out to learn more about their potential to offer support to this incredible teen.

-NWAE Youth Engagement Specialist, Brandon Adams

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