PROJECT TRANSFORMATION

Rating: 4.88 stars   24 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Religion

Location: 547 E Jefferson Blvd Dallas TX 75203 USA

Mission: The mission of Project Transformation is to engage young adults in purposeful leadership and ministry, to support underserved children and families, and to connect churches to communities in need.
Results: Since the program began in 1998: -More than 900 children and youth participate in the eight-week summer program. Of those, more than 90 percent qualify for either free or reduced-price meals in public schools. -Up to 200 children receive homework assistance, health and nutrition education, a hot meal and extracurricular activities in the after-school program each year. -742 young adults have served as interns in the summer and after-school programs, representing 35 states and eight foreign countries. -Over 60 percent of the interns either work or volunteer in some form of ministry. -Over 180 United Methodist churches from the North Texas Conference, as well as churches from out of state, have offered in-kind, financial and/or volunteer support -More than 1,500 people volunteer their time during the summer – doing such activities as reading with children, providing special activities, and preparing and serving dinner to the interns. Over 4,000 hours are spent each year reading one-on-one with children.
Target demographics: Project Transformation serves at-risk children and youth in the North Texas area. The elementary program serves grades 1st-5th, the youth program serves grades 6th-9th, and Leaders In Training Experience Program serves grades 10th-12th.The young adult internship program is open to college-aged young adults from across the country.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 900
Geographic areas served: Dallas, Texas
Programs: Project Transformation's after-school programs occur from September through May from 3:00pm - 6:00pm, Monday through Thursday. Summer day camp programming takes place over eight weeks and occurs Monday - Thursday from 9:00am - 3:00pm. Components of the elementary program (serving grades 1-5) include one-on-one individualized reading comprehension sessions, nutritious meals provided by the North Texas Food Bank, Bible lessons, arts and crafts activities, daily physical activity, and positive relationships with other children and with the college interns. Our youth programs (serving grades 6-9) provide components specifically tailored to the unique needs of this age range. Elements of the youth program include book clubs and literary discussion groups; team building, character, and leadership development activities; community service projects; faith-based discussion groups; and college/career exploration activities. Additionally, youth have the opportunity to gain leadership experience through assisting with reading, games, and arts activities for younger students. An additional element of Project Transformation's work is the internship program. Our after-school and summer programs are planned, implemented, and managed by nearly 100 young adult interns. Interns gain leadership experience through their work in our children's programs and through participating in a leadership development course. Additionally, interns are exposed to various forms of ministry through the Friday Experience program, which allows them to interact with community and church leaders through tours, presentations, interactive experiences, and discussions. The internship program has proven to be a life-changing experience, with over 60% of past interns now working or volunteering in a ministry or service-related field.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the honor of serving as both an Intern and Site Coordinator in their Summer and After-School Programs. As a program designed to impact college age adults, churches, and families in underserved communities, it more than accomplishes these goals year after year. It certainly acheived its goal of making me into a leader and contributor wherever I am at. It also helped solidify my call to serve others in nonprofits, be it faith-based or not. I also have had the joy to come back as a donor and volunteer over the years, and to see how it has grown and become stronger brings joy to my heart. If you're on the fence about giving your time or your funds to this nonprofit, just do it. There are countless testimonies I, and other interns (past and present) can give you about the power of this program, its transparency, and its impact. Thank you PT for helping me be who I am today and giving me my start.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I worked with this organization for a summer and my life was changed. The program opened my eyes to knew opportunities and my heart to knew things. The program also changed the lives of a good portion in their program.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change nothing.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I felt like I recieved more than what I gave. It was a blessing to serve.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our church volunteered at Grace UMC, which was a first for their church and a reuniting with our Church with PT. It was a great experience and the Interns were awesome and so organized! The kids we read to were so adorable and really eager to read. We plan to be back next year!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

When you teach a child and are out of practice at it, you learn about yourself too. It's also amazing to see what a huge difference there is in abilities at such an early age in the kids. Always feel like I want to give more than just a few minutes to those those who would benefit from much more. Only wish I could have gone more days.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 3 stars  

This is the 3rd year that I have had the privilege of reading with children. I love to hear when a student likes to read and they show excitement of the story. It was fun this year to work with a teen volunteer that was the son of a once teen that I had worked with on other projects. I thank each and every one of the interns for their service. Serving the meal for family night was great fun and was nice to see the interns and family interact. Look forward to serving another year. Nell Lind

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was only able to attend one day, but I certainly enjoyed the one day I was able to come. Working with Elementary age kids reminded me of my 24 years of teaching at the elementary level and it certainly was fun. The kids were lively, full of life and showed that they enjoyed that I was there. The kids showed that you did not have to be perfect just care enough to be there for them. It certainly was a wonderful experience.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Once again, I was so pleased at what was going on when I volunteered at Casa Linda. The kids were polite and cooperative, and they were engaged in their reading. Having books that were leveled more closely to the reading levels of the kids seemed to make a difference. I am glad I get to be a part of PT!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Project Transformation is an awesome experience for everyone involved-children, youth, parents, volunteers and interns. Keeping up reading skills during the Summer break is so important and they do such more more for the children and youth in the program. I love to read and want to instil the love of reading in the children.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

i was an intern this past summer for Project Transformation and it was a one of a kind experience. The way PT connects college students with partner churches who sponsor them individually but then also connects site churches (where camp is held) with elementary and youth age students in need, is amazing. PT manages to cover so many different areas of need. After my summer w PT, i have been considering seeking ways to spread its ministry to other areas.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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