Opelousas Alderman, Tyrone Glover, prides himself on helping children reach their greatest potential.
For the last 10 years, Glover has taken hundreds of students to the Louisiana State Penitentiary, not just for the rodeo, but for students to hear the stories of inmates who are serving life sentences.
"I take them to Angola to see how easy it is to make a simple mistake. I have friends that are there, family members there, and people from my community there. That is why I take them to Angola. To allow those men to give back to these kids and teach them not to go down the same road," Glover said.
After years of Glover putting the Angola trip together by himself, Congressman Clay Higgins stepped in to help and do his part.
"They're mentored by prison ministers. Men who have turned their lives around in jail, but are serving life. They talk to these kids about making the right choices, and hanging with the right people, and ceasing their opportunity and their potential in life," Higgins said.
During the trip, students are able to ask questions and take the conversations they have with the inmates as life lessons.
"I wasn't always on the right side, I had some troubles growing up, and I didn't have anyone to really grab me. I didn't pay attention to my moms lessons and what have you.I wanted to do my own thing. So I just started the Tyrone Glover foundation to give back to these young kids. Pour into them, mentor them, so they don't go down the same road I went down," Glover said.
Volunteers who go on the trip believe the benefit is well worth the sacrifice.
Brandon Singleton, principal of Grolee Elementary in Opelousas, was a volunteer for this years trip but was also able to take away something from the trip.
"As an adult it was so inspiring to see the young men, and one of them spoke about unreached potential. There is so much potential behind those prison walls, so much talent that we saw today, but they are there for life..many of them. They have no opportunity to touch the outside world with those talents," Singleton said.