Project Transformation Arkansas began organizing in 2020 in partnership with the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church and its 200K More Reasons initiative to fight hunger, illiteracy, and family instability in the Delta. A core leadership team of local pastors, PT alumni, and community leaders began laying the groundwork and sharing the vision of Project Transformation with dozens of churches and community partners, even in the midst of a pandemic. In August 2021, the Arkansas chapter of Project Transformation was approved by the Project Transformation National board of directors.
Launching a chapter of Project Transformation in Arkansas also aligns with the Arkansas Conference’s ministry priorities of poverty alleviation, dismantling racism, and cultivating a culture of call in congregations. Project Transformation commits itself to investing in under-resourced communities, working toward change through building relationships and cultivating young leaders. It provides a model by which ministry can happen across differences that divide us.
In the summer of 2022, PT Arkansas will hire 16 young adults to provide summer programming for approximately 100 children at two host church locations in Pine Bluff. The vision is to expand Project Transformation beyond Pine Bluff and throughout other areas of the state in the coming years.
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