Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Project Transformation continues post-pandemic growth


Rev. Stephen Cagle, pastor at Sand Springs, reads with a child at Tulsa-Southern Hills. Photos by Tabitha Beckman.

By Roxie Hacker

Project Transformation held its 21st summer program this year. Four churches, 138 campers and 18 young adults came together in purposeful relationships. This is one additional site and nearly twice as many participants as in 2021.

This year’s camps were hosted by El Reno-Wesley, Muskogee-Saint Paul, OKC-Chapel Hill, and Tulsa-Southern Hills. These congregations had the opportunity to connect with their neighbors and serve their community in unique ways.

Children in the program experienced weekly games and lessons focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), art, and recreation. They also read one-on-one with a volunteer every day, and they went on field trips around their local community.

Young adults became AmeriCorps members for the summer as they served the community and experienced leadership in action. They also discussed topics during training and professional development sessions such as mental health awareness, suicide prevention training, diversity and inclusion training, and how to discern their calling.

Project Transformation plans to continue bouncing back from the Covid-19 pandemic and hopes to be back to a full nine host sites in 2023

If you know a young adult who may be interested in a summer of a lifetime visit https://projecttransformation.orgoklahoma to learn more and apply.

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One of Project Transformation’s 18 AmeriCorps students helps a child with an art project at Muskogee-St. Paul.
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Two particpants of Project Transformation look through a selection of books to read at El Reno-Wesley.


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