Meet Jake, an Ambassador for adopted young people
Jake is part of a peer network that gives adopted young people a platform to express their views.
Getting involved with the Adoptables has given Jake an opportunity to speak out about his experiences and to help improve the system for other adopted young people.
Tell us about yourself
Hi, my name is Jake, I’m 18 years old and currently I’m in that awkward phase between leaving school and starting University, a phase marked by sleep, sun and an indulgence in all the unhealthy foods known to humankind.
What are you proud of?
In many ways I am proud of the people who I count as family and close friends, who have been able to make me happy and have achieved incredible things, ranging from obtaining that low pass in a subject where everyone thought they would fail, to gaining the courage to speak out about a difficult subject like adoption so other people can have hope.
What are you up to at the moment?
When I’m not slaving away trying to secure a future for myself, I spend my time playing video games, writing stories and occasionally finding the time to be sociable. I take great interest in helping people who are adopted and are in similar situations to the ones I was in all those years ago. Since being adopted eleven years ago, I have been able to live a normal and overall happy life, taking up Karate, Scouting and many other activities.
What difference do you hope to make for children and young people as an Adoptables Ambassador?
As a part of the Adoptables, I really believe we can push for improvements to the adoption and fostering system, by bridging the gap between social workers and the children they are meant to help. Each young person has an equal chance to bring about change, and I believe this should be reciprocated in the wider world. Every young person should have an equal chance.
What are your hopes for the future?
All in all, the future looks bright, and I am looking forward to all the new opportunities that will come my way. My aim in life is simple – to fill a shop shelf with books that I have written. It is this desire to write that propels me to become an author. Not only that, but I will use my writing talents to help others, through writing blogs such as this one and other such media. Whilst it is only a small act, I do believe that you only change the world for good by one small act at a time. As the philosopher Edmund Burke once said:
“No one made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”
So the point of my blog is this; to do a small act of kindness to change the world for the better, and together we can see the fruits of our labour grow and become something truly wonderful. Oh, and make sure to grab an ice cream or several, it’s worth treating yourself every now and then!
Find out more about Coram's peer network of adopted young people - the Adoptables programme.