Nielda Rappleyea dropped out of high school in Chicago at 16 when she became pregnant with her first child, Jasper, in 1987. Rappleyea then moved to California to start a new life with her new family.
At 20, she gave birth to her third son, Nathan Collazo. At that point, she was struggling to escape drugs and violence.
After living in California for about 16 years, Rappleyea and her family made the move to Kentucky to stay with family and have a fresh start.
One thing Rappleyea always wanted, she said, was an education.