Every year, hundreds of college age young adults commit a summer or year of their lives to serve and build relationships with children and youth from low-income communities, live in intentional community, and explore a call to ministry and service. Through the power of relationships and by leveraging a unique collaboration with local churches and community partners, Project Transformation (PT) equips young adults for leadership in the church and the world, empowers children to achieve their God-given potential, and supports churches in being in ministry with their neighbors.

Our mission is to engage young adults in purposeful leadership and ministry, support underserved children and families, and connect churches to communities in need.

Project Transformation provides two key services:

1) Leadership development and ministry exploration opportunities for college-age young adults through summer and one-year service internships.

2) Community-oriented after-school and summer day camp programming for children and youth from low-income neighborhoods.

The young adults provide this second service, giving them authentic, hands-on experiences leading high-quality programs for children and youth and equally important, learning from the children and youth. PT’s programs focus on enriching the body, mind, and spirit, but we place a unique emphasis on literacy. During the summer, each child is paired daily with a volunteer to read one-on-one. Programs are strategically housed in churches in the heart of low-income communities. This partnership between these site churches and Project Transformation is designed so that churches can leverage the program to make new connections and form meaningful relationships with families in their immediate neighborhood.

Our vision is to be a respected national model of ministry and service, through which leaders emerge, communities change, and lives transform.


  • Encourage young adults to discover their God-given purpose
  • Value the gifts and ideas of young adults
  • Exemplify servant leadership
  • Expect excellence
  • Embody Jesus’ example of integrity, respect, and compassion
  • Create and strengthen meaningful relationships
  • Be faithful stewards
  • Uphold the Wesleyan heritage of the United Methodist Church