Model & Mission

Philadelphia’s Out-of-School Time Initiative begins with what we know, today, to be true: young people succeed when they have access to rich learning experiences; support from engaged adults and communities; and strong commitment of civic leadership.


Take a moment to imagine tomorrow with us.

It’s a place committed to quality: Where programs and services are proven both effective and sustainable over the long term.

It’s a place centered in communities: Where families and communities, supported by government, business, and philanthropic partners, work together to ensure all young people have an opportunity to access high-quality before school and afterschool, weekend and summer experiences.

It’s a place counting on you: Where each of us understands that we have a role to play in building a robust OST network that supports young people in reaching their full potential.

Quality. Communities. You. We are harnessing the power of Philadelphia’s greatest assets—our citizens, our nonprofits, our schools, our government, and our philanthropic and business communities—to build a system of OST that realizes its full potential on behalf of our youngest residents.

We invite you to join us on this journey. A vision for tomorrow that begins today.

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    Overview of the Initiative

    Read an overview of our initiative.

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    2017-2019 Operational Plan

    Read the plan going forward.

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    2017-2026 Full Strategic Plan

    View the full strategic plan.