'Project Transformation Memphis' celebrates summer 2019 program results: 172 children and youth served by 23 young adult leaders
Children at Project Transformation’s summer 2019 program at Centenary United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, smile for a photo with an intern and church member during their “Young Artists” time. (Submitted photo)
Ninety-one percent of Project Transformation’s summer interns said they gained knowledge about how their faith is connected to their work, according to a Sept. 26 media release about the ministry’s Summary of Impact report released last week.
During its fourth year of ministry in Memphis, Tennessee, Project Transformation (PT) served 172 children and youth with the leadership of 23 young adults across three site churches in the Metro District of the Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church.
It was a summer to be grateful for,” said Director of Memphis Programs Meagan Cloutier. “It was also a summer of learning. It was a summer of love. It was a summer of recognizing that when each of us brings our full ordinary selves to the table, we press into the work that God has called us to do, and we trust that God isn’t only working in us and through us, but that God will come alongside and work with us.”
Additional highlights from the Memphis area during 2019 include:
• 100% of children improved or maintained their reading level
• 72% of children grew in their ability to show patience, caring, and responsibility
• 4,083 healthy meals were served to children
• 417 volunteers read with children and shared meals with young adult interns
• 24 partner churches supported the ministry with their prayers, presence, gifts and service
PT’s annual report also includes stories of transformation of the lives of children, college students and churches. One intern, Ellen Weaver of Mullins United Methodist Church in Memphis), said, “PT made me more aware of ministry opportunities and strengthened my passion for social justice.”
Since 2012, Project Transformation Tennessee has equipped 335 young adults for future leadership and engaged more than 2,800 children in holistically developed programs focused on literacy and social-emotional health. To see the full 2018-2019 report, visit www.pttennessee.org.
Project Transformation’s mission is to engage young adults in purposeful leadership and ministry, support children in holistic development, and connect churches with communities.