During the 2019-2020 year, Project Transformation National convened the national network of chapters to create a new vision and mission in alignment with our theory of change.
Developmental psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner’s systems view of human development supports this theory of change. Bronfenbrenner points to the smallest relational unit, the dyad consisting of two people who “pay attention to or participate in one another’s activities,” as being potentially transformational. When these relationships “meet the optimal conditions…of reciprocity, progressively increasing complexity, mutuality of positive feeling, and gradual shift in balance of power,” they can contribute substantially to an individual’s development.
Further, Bronfenbrenner posits that developmental change in one member of a dyad can contribute to developmental change in the other. Because individuals can be part of numerous dyads at any given time, one individual’s developmental change can impact multiple individuals, systems, and environments.
At Project Transformation, three groups – children, college-age young adults, and churches – build relationships with one another. These relationships are reciprocal, meaning that the individuals in the relationships both teach and learn, both give and receive, both contribute and benefit to and from the other. Transformation in one life, in one system, has the potential to impact numerous lives in numerous other systems. Thus, community transformation happens through the relationships developed and fostered in Project Transformation’s programs.
MISSION: To transformation communities by engaging children, college-age young adults, and churches in purposeful relationships.
VISION: We envision a world that is rooted in love, pursues the equity of all people, and amplifies God’s call on every life.