Manuel has a passion for music and dance and wants to be a choreographer when he grows up. Manuel looks forward to his weekly tutoring sessions with Jake because they help him better understand the topics being covered in school–and to show off his newest dance moves. With Jake’s help, Manuel received a Most Improved Student award at school. Manuel has another recent achievement of which he is very proud: in 2015, he was adopted by his foster mother, Judy. When asked why she adopted Manuel, Judy said, without hesitation, “I don’t see myself without him.”