Project Transformation (PT) in its entirety seeks: 1) to meet the academic, physical, and spiritual needs of children from low-income communities; 2) to help revitalize churches; and 3) to provide meaningful ways for college- age young adults to explore ministry opportunities and develop as young principled leaders for the church and the world.
The rest of the three-prong approach is where we as members of GUMC can help. Throughout the summer children, particularly children from low income families, often experience summer reading loss. It is these students who can least afford to lose the reading gains they’ve achieved during the school year. They fall the farthest behind when they return to the classroom after a summer break away from formal literacy instruction. Part of the mission of Project Transformation is to stop summer reading loss.
While children and youth in underserved neighborhoods participate in free summer day camp programs that are planned and implemented by young adult interns, local churches partner with PT to serve as volunteers reading one-on-one with children. Project Transformation’s programs are strategically housed in churches in low-income communities. This partnership between the site churches and PT is designed so that churches can make new connections and form meaningful relationships with families in their immediate neighborhood.
GUMC has been partner church of PT since it became a mission of the Memphis United Methodist Church Conference in 2012. The church that Germantown UMC supports with volunteers and funding is Centenary UMC in South Memphis. The primary role members are needed is to serve as reading volunteers for one week in June or July and to provide two meals for the summer interns. Donations that help fund art/craft supplies, new books for the children, and healthy snacks are welcomed.
For more information go to www.projecttransformation/tennessee.org or contact Ruth King, a member of Germantown United Methodist Church, PT liaison,