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  

Project Transformation lives up to its name! It is a forward thinking organization focused on changing lives for the better. My life, the young people I've been in ministry with, the churches I have served and the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church is changed for the better because of the work of Project Transformation.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was invited to the Project Transformation luncheon as a guest and was simply blown away how this organization touches so many lives. Not only does it help children in less priviledged neighborhoods by improving their reading skills during the school year and summer but it also helps families to connect to their community and local churches. The college interns that help facilitate the program are driven and enthusiastic and make a real impact on the children and at the same time find their lives so impacted by those children that their career paths many times change. Not long after attending this luncheon in 2009, I found myself serving as a board member for this great organization.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with PT in many capacities for the past 10 years. It is an organization that impacts the lives of SO many people - children, families, interns, college students, volunteers and communities. I was called to ministry through this organization and am extremely supportive of it now as a board member. I would encourage you to get involved with is in any way you can. It truly changes lives and God works powerfully through it!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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