Teen Organization Makes Pit Stop in Montgomery

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- They come from all walks of life.  Many of the children that visited Alabama State University Wednesday are from the other side of the country.

Tanya Walters started taking trips with inner city kids from Los Angeles twenty years ago.  Now, her group--Godparents Youth Organization--teaches children while giving them a 30-day field trip across the country.

"28 states.  19 museums and memorials.  We're focusing on the 13 original colonies, and [the kids] are giving backpacks to 700 youths across country," Walters explained.

It's a chance for underprivileged children to spread cheer and motivation to kids throughout the US.

"We're bringing back character development--teaching them how to give and appreciate the things they have," Walters said.

Their trip, however, isn't just about sightseeing.  These teens took part in a three month workshop to get on the bus and out of LA.

Organizers expect kids to keep up with studies while they're on the road.

"They're required to do two book reports.  They're required to do an overview on each city," Walters said.

It's an admirable assignment that can be a little fun.

"What the kids will get from this is exposure to someone else just like them--looking at other options for their life," explained sponsor Stacia Robinson.  "It's really exciting for them to have other things that they can be aware of."

The children, ages 14 to 18, will make a loop across the country and arrive back in Los Angeles on July 21st.

For more information, check out their website.

Reporter:  Cody Holyoke