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Our youth travel and mentoring story

Media Highlights

  • Los Angeles Times
  • Local news coverage: KABC-TV, KNBC, KCBS, KCAL, KTLA, CBS Morning Show
  • People Magazine (8/6/2007)
  • Oprah Winfrey Show
  • Los Angeles Sentinel Paper
  • Family Circle
  • PBS Documentary


  • People Magazine
  • The Sentinel
  • Smooth Jazz News
  • Biola Magazine
  • Our Weekly Newspaper
  • Recycling Black Dollars

  • Los Angeles Times
  • HOPE Magazine
  • Guideposts
  • The Clinton News
  • The Inland Valley News


  • Oprah Winfrey Show
  • CBS Morning Show
  • Los Angeles Television Stations: KNBC, KABC-TV, KCBS, KCAL, KTLA, and Fox TV


  • The Steve Harvey Morning Show (nationally syndicated)
  • The Bill Bradley Show
  • Local radio stations in Los Angeles: V100 FM, Power 105.9 FM and KJLH 102.3 FM

Accomplishments and Recognitions

  • Since its inception, G.Y.O. has taken seven cross country trips, “Men-Touring” over 200 students.
  • Accomplishments of the Road To Success “Men-Touring” Program has caused the global community to hail it as a “Life Changing Trip”.
  • Currently there are 40 G.Y.O. participants attending various two-year and four-year colleges across the county within the last three years.
  • Youth who were once caught up in their own life issues have stepped outside of their circumstances to give back to their community by becoming peer mentors increasing their community service.
  • High school seniors, who never aspired to go to college prior to the trip, have applied to multiple colleges and are awaiting responses.
  • Community service hours, which are a high-school requirement, have been exceeded by students during the travel program.
  • Our goal each year is to quadruple the amount of youth who will participate in this exceptional opportunity during the coming year.
  • Parents, teachers and schools have reported a marked increase in maturity and responsibility.

Proclamations and Awards

  • U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Maxine Waters California
  • Trailblazer Award, Congresswoman Diane Watson
  • California State Senate, Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas
  • California State Assembly, Karen Bass
  • State of Mississippi
  • County of Los Angeles, California
  • City of Los Angeles, California
  • City of Los Angeles, California – Jan Perry
  • City of Dallas, Texas
  • City of Montgomery, Alabama
  • City of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • City of San Francisco, California - G.Y.O. Day
  • City of Columbus, Ohio
  • City of Clinton, Mississippi
  • Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee
  • Los Angeles Unified School District, Superintendent Brewer
  • United Teachers Los Angeles
  • Positive Side Award, Recycling Black Dollars
  • Ruby Award, BIOLA University
  • California Association of School Transportation Officials Award

Travel Program History

Summer 2002 -

Winter Break 2002 -

Spring Break 2006 -

Summer 2006 -

Winter Break 2006 -

Spring Break 2007 -

Summer 2007 -

Summer 2008 -

Summer 2009 -

Summer 2010 -

30 day cross country trip, going through 23 states
5-day Southern California Tour, 5-day stay in Lake Arrowhead, CA
7-day Northern California Tour

30-day cross country trip

14-day trip to New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina community service
7-day Northern California Tour

30-day cross country trip, focusing on the 13 original colonies
30-day cross country trip

30-day cross country trip

30 day cross country trip







Our youth travel and mentoring story

Mission Statement

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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