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Out of School Time (OST)


What is O.S.T. at Hallahan?

O.S.T. stands for Out of School Time.  Catholic Social Service's OST programs are throughout Philadelphia providing a safe space, hands on active learning experiences and nutritious after-school food options. Together these help students develop social, emotional, physical, and academic skills. During the school year, from dismissal to 6:00 pm daily, students know they have a place to be with mentoring staff that cares and engaging activities to look forward to.  


Hallahan Out of School Time (OST) is Catholic Social Service's high school level program for students of John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School and Roman Catholic High School. Staff and Students work together to create engaging activities that help build skills, create bonds with their peers, and support the future pursuits of our students.


Activities Include:

*Teen Reading Lounge

Sponsored by a grant from the Pennsylivannia Humanities Council, for a second year! Our students have chance to explore literature through a variety of writing styles & genres that will engage their interests.  Facilitate real dialogue and create civic engagement projects with their community.  
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* Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia

Focuses on the impact women can have in the world through building on their inherent strengths. Facillitatiors work on encouraging  peer connections and networking skills for young women to be confident in the carreer paths of their choice.  
More information on their website


* Hands on Workshops Series

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.

* Sewing            * Healthy Cooking 
 * Dance              * Financial Literacy
    * Skin Care        * Cultural Exploration