Project Transformation’s summer of service experience for young adults offers hands-on opportunities to build mutually enriching relationships with children in under-resourced neighborhoods, live in intentional community, experience cultural and socio-economic diversity, and explore various careers in service. Young adults can serve in one of the following cities across Oklahoma: Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Bartlesville, Muskogee, Moore, El Reno, or Mangum.
Applicants must have completed one year of college or be at least 19 years old, and must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or legal permanent resident alien of the United States to serve.
Competitive applicants for the Summer Program will:
Be highly motivated, self-starters
Possess strong interpersonal and communication skills
Enjoy working with children and/or youth
Have a desire to love and serve others
Be dedicated to living in community with other young adults in a structured environment.
There are five primary components to the Project Transformation experience: Day Camp, Community Living, Vocational Discernment, Spiritual Development, and Church Involvement.
During the summer program, Project Transformation AmeriCorps Members work in teams to implement an eight-week summer day camp for 50 to 65 elementary children. Sites are located in churches in the heart of under-resourced neighborhoods. Components of the program include: a one-on-one reading program, arts enrichment, recreational activities, and other activities in which the gifts and talents of the PT Corps Members are shared with the children.
An integral component of Project Transformation’s summer of service is the opportunity to live in intentional community throughout the summer. Young adults live in community with their peers, while experiencing daily life in a diverse, loving community. Young adults are encouraged to participate in social activities and build relationships with other members of the community.
Ministry Exploration and Vocational Discernment
Each Friday, young adults are exposed to various vocational opportunities in service through guest speakers, volunteer activities, and interactions with lay and ordained church leaders.
Through our affiliation with the United Methodist Church and not as part of the AmeriCorps program, Project Transformation offers the following options to interns:
Project Transformation invests in the spiritual development of each young adult, opening their eyes to the needs and opportunities for ministry. The program emphasizes the importance of community through worship, Bible study, and guest speakers. Young adults are encouraged to examine their personal beliefs through intellectual and spiritual discussions along with personal devotional and reflection time.
Each week, young adults may choose to participate in worship at their site church with their team. This is an opportunity to connect the church family to the program and its families so that sustainable relationships are established during the summer. Beyond this, young adults connect partner churches with the program by recruiting volunteers to read with the children that attend the day camp, collecting supplies for the program, and sharing the stories of their experience.
The dates for this service experience are the last two weeks of May through the last week of July. This includes one week of pre-program training (located in Tahlequah, OK), one week of site training (located in the various site cities), and eight weeks of day camp.
In many ways working with Project Transformation in the summer program exceeds participating in a summer job and crosses into a summer life. The time expectations can be great, but the potential for personal rewards that come from this kind of commitment are even greater. While much is expected of each AmeriCorps member, much is given in return in the form of love from the kids, support and fun from living in a community, and the energy created by exploring your own personal potential to impact the world around you.
Friday afternoon-Sunday afternoon each weekend.
Fourth of July & Juneteenth
$2,823 living stipend, $1,300 education award (issued by AmeriCorps after completed term of service and available to be used in November following the summer of service) + room and board.
Applicants should apply online.