- Passionate about: Dance
- Future goal: Go to college
- Favorite show: Glee
- Ideal family: Understands teens
How to describe a teen like Destini in just a few words? Impossible! But here are a few to only begin scratching the surface: considerate, sociable, outgoing, charming. Destini is a teenager with a slew of interests and the drive to follow through on all of them.
One of her biggest passions is rhythm and music. Destini is a dancer (be sure to check out her full dance routine below that she wanted to share as a part of her profile!). Currently on the school dance team, she practices every single day and shows an incredible amount of responsibility in her preparation. Each afternoon, Destini ensures that she is on time and ready for practice right after school. She has taken numerous dance classes and brings her knowledge and talent to the team. She loves the bonding and friendships she’s made with the girls on her team, as well as the opportunity to push herself and continuously improve. Needless to say, Destini loves to move, especially to her favorite music – either catchy pop like Taylor Swift or rock like Green Day or Paramore.
Destini is an adventurous young lady. From cheer camp to horseback riding; swimming at the aquatic center to meeting the animals at the local shelter, she likes to try everything. It’s why she thinks she’d be sorted into the Gryffindor (or Hufflepuff) house from Harry Potter – she is both “brave” and “kind.” In her downtime, Destini is an avid reader. Among her preferred books are the American Girl series, the Nancy Drew collection, and The Baby-Sitters Club. Recently, Destini read all of the Harry Potter books and really loves the movies as well. She likes to keep up on the happenings of her favorite YouTubers and she is an entertainment buff who loves to quote movies and TV shows on a regular basis. Her favorite show? Glee! Another of her ventures is cooking! Experimenting with new recipes and providing food to the people in her home is one of Destini’s favorite things to do. She brushes up on her technique by watching the cooking channels, soaking in new ideas and recipes from the pros.
On the strengths of teens: “(They bring) a lot of understanding…they understand a lot of adult things. You can talk to them about stuff, ya know? They understand problems that younger kids don’t. They’re a lot more educated. I like to talk to adults.”
Currently in her sophomore year of high school, Destini really enjoys school. She is a social butterfly who loves spending time with her friends and peers while learning about a variety of subjects; namely science and any class that incorporates reading. Destini does well in school and appreciates the structure of the academic world. Her dance team is a great motivator for her as well. At school (and otherwise), she is extroverted and personable – people like to be around her. As is true in all areas of her life, Destini is ambitious and really wants to do well in school. Simply put, she is always trying her best.
Destini is interested in finding a stable home environment. Destini has overcome plenty in her life, and at this point, would like to be in a foster placement which can maybe transition into a potential adoption. Destini has made remarkable progress in her ability to process her feelings and communicate them to those around her. She enjoys conversing openly and honestly with trusted adults in her life. As she works through some apprehension about her future, it would be really nice for her to have a family to support and guide her. Destini has an innate desire to please others. She is animated and expressive and a complete blast to spend time with. Positive reinforcement and ample time to process is the best way to give Destini the compassion she deserves.
Destini would do well in a family with a strong mother figure, and though she would be fine being an only child, having older brothers and/or sisters would be really special. At this time, she is not interested in having younger children in her future home. Her and her worker are also hoping to hear from families in Washington State (or even neighboring Northwest states), especially any who are located in or near the Eastern Washington area. Destini has flourished in recent years and with the help of a stable home and a supportive family, she will continue to do so. If you are a family who is interested in getting to know Destini, please let us know!
Beyond the Profile: You know the feeling when you see someone come alive in the midst of their passion? To see Destini on the dance floor is to see just that – a teenager fully immersed in what she loves. Confident, talented, and driven. Dance was one of the first things that came to mind for Destini as she thought about what she might want to share through an In-Depth Profile. But not just dance. Destini said yes to the opportunity to be her own storyteller, to give a small glimpse into who she is and what makes her authentic and unique. To share a piece of yourself with potential families is no small thing. It takes bravery to be willingly open and reflective. And Destini has all of those. Her enthusiasm and energy are authentically her and I’m thrilled that potential families can be introduced to the ‘real’ Destini.
-NWAE Youth Engagement Specialist, Nick Baumgartner
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