CSUB part of Oprah show today

January 22, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

California State University, Bakersfield is scheduled to be part of a feature airing today on the Oprah Winfrey Show. The segment highlights the Godparents Youth Organization, a group dedicated to providing students with first-hand exposure to university campuses.

Earlier this month, Godparents Youth Organization transported a group of high school students to CSUB by school bus from Los Angeles. Following the group was a camera crew from the Oprah Winfrey Show who had come to document their tour of the university. Their journey to CSUB was a result of one woman's efforts to make a difference in the lives of Los Angeles-area youth.

Tanya Walters, a bus driver for the Los Angeles Unified School District, noticed some high school students did not contemplate college because they lacked transportation to visit college campuses. Walters enlisted the help of fellow bus drivers and volunteers to start Godparents Youth Organization so she could offer her classroom on wheels to children all over America. In just a few years, Walters has taken students across 26 states to tour universities, America's most important civil rights landmarks, and museums.

The efforts of Godparents Youth Organization caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey, who will feature the group in a Martin Luther King, Jr. special to airing today.

The show will air today on CBS-29 at 4 p.m. and again on FOX-58 at 11 p.m.