Kids saddle up for safety with help from Philly police
August 22, 2019 | News
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 | News
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.
Far from home, Vietnamese nuns make friends in Philly
July 31, 2019 | News
Two women religious from Vietnam have been working on their Philly accents this summer, while helping kids served by the Archdiocese.
Sister Linh Tran and Sister Luyen Pham have been staying at the convent of Holy Innocents Parish since early July, assisting at Catholic Social Services’ Out of School Time (OST) program there as part of a short-term mission.
South Philly students write their own children’s books
May 21, 2019 | News
A new generation of writers is emerging in a South Philadelphia neighborhood, and most of them are under 10 years old. St. Gabriel’s Out of School Time (OST) program, a ministry of archdiocesan Catholic Social Services (CSS), celebrated the completion of its year-long “Write Brain” literacy program with a May 3 children’s author event.
Photo Feature: The spirit of joy and giving — with a Latino flair
December 31, 2018 | News
At the Archbishop’s Christmas Gala for Children held in Philadelphia Dec. 18, children served all year long by Catholic Social Services’ agencies gathered for a day of fun with a distinct Latin American flavor
Kids served by Catholic agencies thrill to fun-filled party
December 21, 2018 | News
Attending as guests of honor were young children from various schools, residential programs, out-of-school-time programs and refugee programs from throughout the archdiocese served by Catholic Social Services.
Kids open up new world by building a library of their own
November 19, 2018 | News
Students of the St. Gabriel’s Out of School Time (OST) Program, a ministry of CSS, recently received a $1,475 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The award will fund the purchase of new books for the center, one of 12 CSS operates throughout Philadelphia.
Big splashes for little ones at annual Catholic Social Services picnic
July 27, 2018 | News
On a hot summer day, there’s nothing like a diving into a cold pool and then chowing down at a barbecue with good friends. That’s exactly what a few area kids – almost 800, actually – did at the eighth annual “Big Splash” picnic, hosted by archdiocesan Catholic Social Services (CSS) on July 20 for the youth in its Out of School Time (OST) program.