Hallahan Out of School Time, also known as O.S.T., is Catholic Social Service’s high school level program offered to students at Hallahan and Roman Catholic High School. Students and staff work together to create engaging activities that build skills, create bonds with their peers, and support the future pursuits of our students.
O.S.T. programs are offered throughout Philadelphia, providing a safe space, hands-on active learning experiences and nutritious after school food options. Together these programs have shown to help students develop social, emotional, physical and academic skills. During the school year, from dismissal until 5:30pm daily, Hallahan students know they have a place with engaging activities and a mentoring staff that cares.
Some O.S.T activities include:
Teen Reading Lounge
The Teen Reading Lounge is provided through Catholic Social Services by a grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Students have an opportunity to explore literature through a variety of writing styles and genres that will engage their interests, facilitate dialogue and create civic engagement projects within their community.
Philadelphia Youth Network Summer Work Ready – Summer Only
Catholic Social Services is one of providers within the Philadelphia Youth Network for helping connect youth to summer employment opportunities. With over an 11 year history of providing this support, youth have a point of contact as they navigate the process to participate in this annual initiative in the city of Philadelphia.
Hands on Workshop Series – During the School Year
Students have the opportunity to engage and create the workshop focus with the guidance of the staff. Together they build on skills, explore new ones or discover hidden talents. Some hand-on workshops have focused on:
- Healthy Cooking
- Service Projects
- Financial Literacy/Planning
- College/Career Readiness
- Cultural Exploration