Project Transformation National’s Role & Relationship with Chapters
After witnessing the lasting impact of Project Transformation (PT) in changing the lives of college-age young adults, children and churches for over 15 years, Project Transformation formed a separate, national nonprofit organization through an investment from the Young Clergy Initiative of the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. The purpose of PT National is to scale Project Transformation’s proven model of ministry by developing new Project Transformation chapters and supporting their ongoing growth and development. Since PT National was established in 2015, the number of PT chapters has doubled, and we have supported the expansion of Project Transformation in four additional United Methodist Conferences (Rio Texas, Memphis, and Central Texas).
Project Transformation Chapters are affiliated with the national organization but operate as independent organizations governed by their own board of directors. Each chapter partners with its local United Methodist Conference and is responsible for building relationships with partnering churches and recruiting volunteers and young adult interns to implement the program.
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 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.
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.