“Kidtern”: A Project Transformation Student Returns as a College Intern

Sarah Flores, “Kidtern” and Reading Coordinator at Casa Linda

Well to start things off, my name is Sarah Flores and I just finished my first year of college at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor studying education. And I am blessed to be serving as a Reading Coordinator at Casa Linda United Methodist Church.

Now, how I got here . . .

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Who is the little girl standing in front of a book case? Well, that’s me way back in 2001. I don’t exactly remember who took that picture or who the interns were that year, but what I do remember is the IMPACT they had on me. I grew up in the Project Transformation program at the Oak Cliff United Methodist Church site – literally! I was in Project Transformation from the 1st grade to my senior year in high school. That’s a whopping twelve years in the program and I am so proud to be a Project Transformation graduate!!!! One question I get asked all the time is, “What did Project Transformation do for you?” Well, my answer to that is, what didn’t it do? I know it is cliché, but it “transformed” me.

Project Transformation has done so much for me. It has provided lifelong friends, an experience I will never forget, and memories that will last a lifetime. Looking back, there were times where I dreamed about becoming a cool intern, and well, here I am! It’s weird being on the other side of things. I didn’t know all the hard work that went into being an intern and now that I have gone through it, I appreciate all those who served and invested time in me. They opened me up, improved my reading skills, and most importantly, helped me grow spiritually.

I will never forget all the memories I made at site. I can honestly say that my life wouldn’t be the same if I had not gone to Project Transformation all those summers. It changed my world, helped me realize my potential, and taught me I can make it through the tough times. I have been given so much and now I get to give back to the community and the kids that I’m serving as an intern this summer.

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2 thoughts on ““Kidtern”: A Project Transformation Student Returns as a College Intern

  1. Love it. I’m so happy for you Sarah!! I bet you are an AWESOME Reading Coordinator! : ) Great story, hopefully the sisters will follow your lead!!!

  2. Sarah did a GREAT job as Reading Coordinator this year. My daughter and I volunteer at the Casa Linda location with NCL. This year, we noticed immediately the layout design of the library and calmness of the rooms. Sarah took it upon herself to discard outdated books and request new books. She and Taylor Ohlmann requested a book drive through NCL to fill the shelves for the next year with new books – a task easy to remedy easily upon an email request.
    Both LEAD well and take initiative; empathizing through the eyes of a child full of wonder.
    Continued success – pleasure workins with y’all this year!
    The Dahlander’s, Dallas, TX

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