Israel, 9, enjoys sports such as wrestling and football, and likes to play video games.
Elvis, 15, has an interest in insects and fly-fishing, and serves on his county’s Youth Advisory Board.
“I’m smart, I’m funny, I’m shy,” is how 13-year-old Dahsiyoni describes herself.
Eight-year-old Desmond loves math and solving puzzles.
A diehard Eagles and Sixers fan, Tayron catches up on all the scores using his specialized laptop, which he operates using his voice.
What really gets this 13-year-old talking? Trains.
Eleven-year-old Marcelle has an active imagination. He loves mystery books and playing with Legos.
At 15, Jannean has a sense of extraordinary responsibility. She wants to go into the military and is already part of ROTC.
Ruby can be quiet at first, but behind that shy exterior is a young girl bursting with talent.
Jesenia may seem mild-mannered at first, but this ten-year-old girl is a bundle of energy.
Ben, 14, is becoming an expert at the art of paper-folding called “origami.”
At 17, Mikal is an LGBT activist looking for a permanent family of his own.
Seventeen-year-old Chyna wants a career styling hair, and she’s already quite the expert.
Tajinae is trying to inspire other young people through her work with the “Role Models” organization.
“I want to become a successful actor because I want to show kids that if you grow up with nothing you can always make something out of yourself,” says Jazmeer.