Jennifer Martinez spent 2 years in California's foster care system. Outstanding Young Leader, Jennifer Martinez entered care at the age of 16. During her time in care Jennifer battled with the struggles of not being able to see her sister because her sister was not in foster care. She believes our youth have a voice and what is important to them should and will be heard. Jennifer hopes to be the voice for our youth and help change the laws in regard to sibling separation. She is grateful for the mission of bill SB1099, which address this issue. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys writing, listening to music, volunteering at church, partaking in California Youth Connection and serving on the Advisory Board, assisting with legislative issues. Currently enrolled at Fullerton College with a 3.5 GPA, Jennifer works to obtain a master’s degree in political science from California State University. Her overall achievement is to be able to give back to her home, Orange County.