Jocelyn Vega Robledo grew up in a home filled domestic violence, which culminated when she witnessed her father stab her mother to death. Today, as she prepares to graduate from Napa High, her goal is to become a defense attorney, “to help women like my mother.”
Robledo is one of seven graduates of the class of 2019 who will get a helping hand towards achieving her dream from If Given a Chance, a Napa non-profit that identifies and supports high school students who have overcome staggering odds, showing resilience and promise, as they go to college or trade schools. The group, founded in 1995, provides both financial support and mentoring for the students.
“Our pain is our power and hardships prepare people for extraordinary lives,” Robledo told the audience at If Given a Chance’s annual awards dinner on Friday at the Embassy Suites hotel.
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