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Out of School Time (OST)




Out of School Time, also known as O.S.T., is Catholic Social Service’s high school level program for 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 help students develop social, emotional, physical and academic skills.  During the school year, from dismissal until 6:00pm daily, 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 in its second year and is sponsored 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.  For more information, please visit:


Girls Inc of Greater Philadelphia

Girls Inc focuses on the impact women can have in the world through building on their inherent strengths.  Facilitators work on encouraging peer connections and networking skills for young women to be confident in the career path of their choice.  For more information, please visit:


Hands on Workshop 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.  Some hand-on workshops have focused on:

s Sewing                          s Healthy Cooking

s Dance                           s Financial Literacy

s Skin Care                      s Cultural Exploration