Our Work

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Our high-quality programming helps youth develop social, emotional, physical and academic skills.


We are devoted to building stronger communities throughout the City of Philadelphia. By working together we can better serve our youth .

Catholic Social Services

Catholic Social Services provides help and creates hope for thousands of people across the Greater Philadelphia region. Learn more.

What is Out of School Time?

Catholic Social Services first opened the doors of its afterschool programs in Philadelphia over twenty years ago. Its mission is to serve as a safe and academically inspiring environment for over two thousand children.  CSS achieves success of this mission by providing  opportunities for educational assistance and enrichment though STEM program  based learning, 3D Modeling, PBS Design Squad, stop motion animation, and various other activities. Recreational opportunities offered through our programs encourage physical activity; for instance, youth at several of our sites prepared for weeks with a trainer and participated in the Philadelphia Marathon kids run. Catholic Social Services collaborates with the School District of Philadelphia and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, multiple non- profit organizations like the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and the Free Library of Philadelphia, and local colleges, such as Drexel University’s College of Medicine, to operate its afterschool programming.

  • Connect closely with teachers and school curriculum
  • Nurture a positive attitude towards learning within each student
  • Engage parents and empower them to advocate for their children

Latest News

Kids saddle up for safety with help from Philly police

August 22, 2019

More than 50 area youth saddled up for safety, and for a new school year, at an Aug. 2 “bike rodeo.” Now in its second year, the gathering gave kids at the Mayfair Out of School Time (OST) program in Northeast Philadelphia a chance to learn the rules of the road for two-wheeled transport.

Pen pals young and old glimpse world through ‘different eyes’

August 13, 2019

Social media followers may have replaced pen pals, but one group of area students recently revived the age-old tradition of letter-writing. This summer, students at St. Helena’s Out of School Time (OST) program in Philadelphia’s Olney neighborhood put down their cell phones to correspond with members of a local senior club.

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