The summer 2010, I had the opportunity to go on a thirty-day, cross-country trip with Godparents Youth Organization; I went to twenty-eight states, twenty colleges, and nineteen museums and memorials. It all started with change, but not just a change in my grades, but also in my attitude. The trip was amazing. I was exposed to so much history, culture, and I learned what life was like outside of California. In order to be eligible trip I had to bring my grades up from C’s, to A’s, and B’s, in a matter of four months. My motivation was the trip and I was determined to succeed, do my best, and bring my grades up. By the end of the school year, I did what some people called the impossible, brought my grades up from straight C’s to, two A minuses, two A pluses, and one B. I ended up with a 3.8 GPA.
We left California on the twenty sixth of June. As we were driving through Arizona to the Grand Canyon, I sat back, looked out the widow, and just admired the beautiful scenery. It was almost like a dream. When we got to the Grand Canyon the beauty of it amazed me. It was huge and incredibly deep. When we got to Texas we gave back, our organization gave backpacks to children in need. The look on each and every one of those children faces as they received their brand new backpack was priceless.
We then went to Jackson Mississippi, and got to tour Medgar Ever’s house, and Jackson State University.
In Birmingham Alabama we went to the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church where a bombing happened and four little African American girls were killed. It happened during the Civil Rights Movement. We also got to tour over 18 other college campuses including ASU, Atlanta Clark University, Princeton, Grambling State University, Spellman, Kent State University, and many more.
We even got to go inside the Capital and walk the “mall”, which is from the Capital, to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
My favorite museum and college were The Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore Maryland, and Dillard University in Louisiana. The museum was amazing it brought me to tears. As I was walking through the museum, I saw a vivid, visualization of what African Americans went through during and after the time of slavery. The reason I like Dillard University is because they have a lot of support for their students and it's a Historic Black College University.
During the trip, I even built a relationship with God. During the course of the trip we were blessed so many times. Each and every morning we would get up and read Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. Between readings of the book and seeing God bless us again and again it was hard not to believe in him. It would be raining the entire way to our destination and out of nowhere as soon as we stepped off the bus the rain would just stop.
This experience was important to me because it wasn't just a trip. It was a life changing journey. Not only did I learn the value of giving back and education, I learned history, teamwork, and how to have a relationship with God. I was shown where I could go if I stay in school, get good grades and do my best. I now feel that I’ve been enlightened and the, sky’s the limit. This was one experience I will never forget.
<http://www.facebook.com/GodParentsClub> a link where you can see videos from the trip
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