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.