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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Leadership Development, Protestant, Religion, Religion-Related, Youth Development - Religious Leadership

Mission: Project transformations program services provide community-oriented, safe and caring summer and after-school programs for children and youth, and offer leadership training, career exposure, and ministry exploration opportunities for young adults through summer and year-round services internships.

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: The mission of project transformation dallas is accomplished through the three cs children, college students, and churches. During fy15 a diverse group of 113 college aged young adults pt corps members representing 43 colleges and universities and 16 states built lasting relationships and served children and youth in need. The after-school program served 182 students in grades 1 to 5, 97 of whom progressed to the next grade level and 73 of whom increased their reading ability. The summer program served 1,000 elementary to high school children and youth. 96 and 98 of elementary and middle-school aged participants maintained or improved their reading level and read more than 13,500 books and 79,300 pages, respectively. More than 1,800 volunteers dedicated their time and talents to the children and youth served by project transformation, including giving 11,600 hours of one-on-one reading with children and youth.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Stephanie102

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Becky15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From volunteering, serving on the board, giving financially and promoting Project Transformation to others, I have always experienced happy children, working hard to read and happily enjoying the whole programs, dedicated interns who put others first and give all they have to learning how to serve others and a staff that never runs out of enthusiam and ideas to make Project Transformation the best program it can be! The joy of having a child pick you to read with them, then seeing the joy as they improve their reading thru the summer is awesome!! Family Nights are wonderful with parents and children playing, laughing and sharing a meal together! I am honored to be a part of this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We've been involved with this non-profit since its inception - a volunteer, a board member, a financial supporter. We appreciate the way this organization meets the needs of the community with a win-win-win strategy: children win when a volunteer and young adult leader spend quality time with them, the young adults win by exploring a career of ministry and/or voluntarism, and the United Methodist Church wins with the encouragements these young adults receive. Very impressed with this organization.