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Tanya Walters, Founder and President

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Tanya Walters – Founder / President

Ms. Tanya Walters, founder of GodParents Youth Organization, Inc.™, is building a legacy of hope for many of the nation’s at-risk youth. Founded in 2005 this nationally recognized intervention and it's founding community activist have made their mark in this century. A 20 year veteran bus driver of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Tanya in her own words, “...Grew tired of seeing children come on my bus with eyes that had no joy.” Finally, she had had enough and challenged these children to do better. From small rewards to fun weekend bus trips, GodParents Youth Organization was born!

Ms. Walters credits her joy of travel to her cross-country summer vacation flights which started with the early passing of her mother at the age of 6. Her father, a CHP officer, would send her to east-coast relatives for summers. Relatives on both coasts however, emphasized the importance of education and personal achievement. A product of Compton and Los Angeles Unified School Districts she went on to matriculate at BIOLA University.

Even Oprah has taken notice as her brightly bannered buses cross the 23 states in 30 days. Families are touched, lives are changed and the fortunate youth aboard her buses have hope and regained joy in their eyes.

Additionally, leadership and joint overseeing for all G.Y.O. activities are provided by an executive staff team who manage five divisions:

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GodParents Youth Organization, Inc.™ (G.Y.O.) is a 501© 3 whose mission is to improve the lives of youth by increasing academic achievement, leadership skills, high school graduations, and college admissions by connecting them to the world through travel experiences


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