PROJECT TRANSFORMATION Overview
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
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Read with elementary students; Serve dinner to 100 interns; Provide a meal for a Family Fun Night at one of our sites
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.
-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.