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 tolight the miniature metropolis so that it comes alive after dark. “His imagination is really working a lot,” says his foster parent. Gio’s imagination is fueled by his fascination with real cities – the
skyscrapers, the highways, and 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 at Foothills Animal Rescue, 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.”
Gio was born in 2004.