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A Start in Juvenile Detention and Teen Pregnancy Are in the Past for Scholarship Recipient Jazlyn Robinson!

Nov  18, 2014

Jazlyn Robinson was on a bad road. She was only 12 years old when she was first sent to Harris County Juvenile Detention. Two short years later she was back in trouble, and this time she was locked up for two long months, all while she was pregnant.

Jazlyn was just fourteen years, forced to leave school during her freshman year at Worthing High School.  By the time she was just 15, she was already a mother.

 This is a story that seemed destined to have a tragic ending, but Jazlyn had other plans.

Today Jazlyn is a senior at Worthing who took extra classes to catch up with her class.  It is no surprise lead academic advisor Joyce Bennett is proud of her.  “ She just doesn’t give up. She had a baby as a ninth grader, but was so gung ho on finishing high school and going to college”.

Now Jazlyn will get the financial help to make her dreams come true.

“Jazlyn gave herself a second chance in life “, says America in Recovery charity founder Larry Keast. “ Her drive inspires us, and we want to help her fulfill her dreams”.

The charity announced today Jazlyn Robinson is one of four Houston area students being awarded inaugural college scholarships.

The 17 year old says this charity scholarship means a lot, and not just to her. Her son Nolan is now two years old.

“No one can take care of my child, it’s my job, says Jazlyn. “Something told me this is what I had to do. Stay in school. Now they tell me I’m a great student”.

America in Recovery is already known as Houston’s “second chance” charity for its work helping ex-offenders find jobs. This is the first year the charity is awarding scholarships to at risk kids.

Jazlyn and the three other young recipients from Goose Creek, Galveston and Dickinson School Districts will be handed their checks November 20th at a special dinner at the Aquarium Ballroom Downtown. The ballroom has been donated to the charity by Tillman Fertitta, one of a growing number of prominent Houstonian’s hearing about the work America in Recovery is trying to do. 

“Mattress Mack” is the keynote speaker at the inaugural charity event. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett will begin the ceremonies.

“ We know government is not the answer”, says Keast.  “Businesses and the private sector can help these at risk kids stay on the right path. We can help them fulfill their dreams, and that will make America better for all of us”.

America in Recovery needs your help to make more dreams come true.

Call Executive Director Judith Cushman Dubose at 832-652-8003, or visit our website at for information on sponsorships for this year’s scholarship dinner.

Media inquiries should be directed to Dolcefino Consulting at 713-389-0810

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