Celebrating Diversity at Project Transformation

Tony Mendoza, PT Corps Member at Elmwood UMC

Hi, I’m Tony Mendoza and I am a PT Corps Member at Elmwood UMC! This is my second summer working with Project Transformation and I absolutely love it! This summer I am working with the youth at Elmwood UMC. Going into the summer, I knew it was going to be a challenge working with middle school kids, but I was determined to make this summer special for them and my fellow Corps Members. It has been a struggle transitioning from working with the elementary-aged participants last summer to now working with the 6 – 9 grade participants. The youth at Elmwood and my fellow PT Corps Members have definitely made this summer special already though!


My youth have shown so much love and vulnerability while always making my days so much better. “Celebrating diversity” is a key program pillar at Project Transformation and you see this come alive at Elmwood UMC. We all have a different story and I’m glad that some of the kids at Elmwood have been gracious enough to share their stories with me. I’m looking forward to the last few days of the summer as I continue working with a special group of youth participants who have shown and taught me so much – more than they know.


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