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 is a life-altering organization....for the interns, the children it serves, for the volunteers and donors that provide the financial support. They are the most efficient organization you can imagine, taking the resources given to them and using them to their fullest extent. There is no doubt that any money you give is being used wisely to change lives now, not being stockpiled for down the road like some charities have done. This organization is a blessing to so many.

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Project Transformation is what its name implies... it is a fantastic project that transforms lives - the lives of the children served and the lives of the college interns serving up a summer of learning, fun, nourishment and positive interactions with college role models. The lives of the children are changed when they are able to form relationships with these college students. Not only do they spend their summer productively, but they are inspired to aspire to become college students themselves! The interns often continue to help at risk children after completing their degrees by becoming teachers, social workers, ministers, and committed volunteers. It's a true WIN-WIN!

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