Member Spotlight: Jennifer Lopez

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My name is Jennifer Lopez-Valencia and I'm 11 years old in 6th grade. I started playing soccer with Girls Leading Girls in 4th grade.

"When I was in 4th grade at E.R. Taylor Elementary I joined the Girls Leading Girls after school program. I joined because I wanted to try something new because I never really got an all girls soccer experience before. This was the first time I had a female coach and it feels better because the coaches are more understanding.

Since then, I was offered a scholarship to play on the Girls Leading Girls Sf Sol Club competitive team. This was the place for me because before it was harder to fit in with the boys on the coed team I played on before.

I'm now in 6th grade at St. James in San Francisco. When I"m older I want to be the Director of Kaiser! I like helping people and I always take care of my 9 year old brother when he's sick- I just know what medicines to give him now.

I definitely want to play soccer in high school and college. I hope I can get a scholarship to play in college. Since being part of Girls Leading Girls I feel more confident, I feel like a leader, and I feel like I can express myself."