Cortez is a successful 23-year old who entered into the Pennsylvania foster care system at birth. He considers his time in the system an "emotional roller coaster." He was placed in and out of group homes, foster homes, kinship care and a failed adoption. He was forced into a legal name change, but fortunately the adoption was unsucessful and Cortez was able to fight back for his birth name after re-entering the system. After struggling in high school academically, Cortez achieved his Associates degree in Liberal Studies at the Community College of Allegheny County. He later transferred to Clarion University of Pennsylvania where he seeks a Bachelor's degree in Communications. Cortez is the Vice Polemarch of the Mighty Mu Phi Chapter of the most noble Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc, director of his university gospel choir, future social worker/family therapist ... and a foster youth.