Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Project Transformation continues to transform communities through purposeful Relationships


ViaFaith McCullough visits the Muskogee Project Transformation site and joins volunteers in the kitchen. Photos by Tabitha Beckman.

by ViaFaith McCullough

The mission of Project Transformation is to transform communities by engaging children, college-age young adults, and churches in purposeful relationships. For 22 years, Project Transformation has been a vital ministry of the Oklahoma United Methodist Conference that addresses the challenges of educational disparities, cultivates young adult leadership, and promotes intergenerational connectivity.

This summer, Project Transformation Oklahoma celebrated its 22nd summer achieving this mission. This year, five churches, 172 campers, and 23 young adults joined to serve communities throughout Oklahoma.

This summer’s camps were hosted by El-Reno Wesley UMC, Enid- First UMC, Muskogee-Saint Paul UMC, OKC- New Hope UMC, and Tulsa-Southern Hills UMC. These congregations provided a haven for campers to strengthen their literacy skills and for young adults to showcase their leadership and explore vocational opportunities. Congregations worked with community partners to provide campers with healthy meals and enriching field trips.

In addition to daily one-on-one reading time, children participated in art, recreation, and STEM activities focused on developing academic and social-emotional learning skills.

AmeriCorps members are the lifeblood of Project Transformation. This year’s group gained skills as they led the program.

Young adults from diverse backgrounds served as AmeriCorps members. Members lived and served with one another while they developed their leadership and explored their callings. Outside of camp, the young adults had opportunities to learn about local nonprofits in their surrounding communities.

Project Transformation Oklahoma remains committed to being an organization where “Relationships grow, leaders emerge, and communities change.”

If you know a young adult who may be interested in serving or are a congregation that wants to host a site or become a community partner, visit https://projecttransformation.org/oklahoma to learn more and apply.


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