“Cory”, 17 years old

Cory was adopted at a young age, leaving her feeling disconnected from her biological family. Although she was a proud member of the LGBTQ community, she still felt disconnected from others in her family and struggled to stay focused in school. Eventually, Cory was kicked out of traditional school and started attending GED classes at juvenile court and was referred to the Expressions program at the Youth Services Center due to her in home conflicts with her adopted mother. She knew her mother loved her but she just didn't feel she belonged.

While at youthSpark, our services team met with her weekly during group, connected her with a new therapist, and enrolled her in a community-based GED program where she has thrived and has passed two parts of her GED test. Meeting with her case manager weekly, Cory expressed her love for music and rapped a couple songs she wrote for the youthSpark staff.

The staff was impressed with her rhymes and eloquent word play and they began to dive deeper in her artistry. Cory has written two songs expressing her love for her support team and how they have helped her during her tough times.

Cory has written two songs expressing her love for her support team and how they have helped her during her tough times.

Rapping has become a therapeutic tool and it has become instrumental in promoting her mental health.

Cory’s lyrical content has been a vehicle for building self-reflection, learning, and growth. Being able to express herself through rapping in front of a group of people who fully support her vision has provided a sense of dependability for someone with little regularity or safety in her everyday life. Today, she prides herself on being the voice for our youth and rapping about vulnerable content most young artist would be afraid to express themselves.

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