Fourteen-year-old Giovanni loves to build new worlds.
He has been working on a hand-built model city for at least three years, crafting houses and office buildings out of wood and cardboard, laying out streets and highways. Giovanni – who goes by the nickname Gio – says he is presently trying to figure out how to light the miniature metropolis so that it comes alive after dark.
“His imagination is really working a lot,” says foster parent Jon Cabungcal.
Gio’s imagination is fueled by his fascination with real cities – the skyscrapers, the highways, the busy sidewalks. He studies photographs and maps. He memorizes street names.
“My favorite city is New York City,” he says. “Even though I haven’t been there.”
Gio also helps build digital worlds through Roblox, an online gaming platform where users create simulation games and role play. Gio participates regularly in the games and even has a job in a virtual sushi restaurant.
“You pass the job interview by using great grammar,” Gio says.
Not surprisingly, Gio says when he enters the adult world he’d like a career as a video game designer.
But, Gio’s passions extend beyond models and video games. He loves cats. An hour spent in a cat room with Dylan Kirkpatrick at Foothills Animal Rescue, an animal shelter in Scottsdale, was heaven on earth for the eighth grader.
He says he would love it if the household of his forever family included a cat.
“Gio would thrive in a home with two parents who can provide routine and structure,” says Brianna Rossi, a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids adoption recruiter with Aid to Adoption of Special Kids (AASK). “He needs to know what’s coming next.”
For more information about Giovanni, please contact Brianna Rossi at (602) 930-4601 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.