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OST is part of the Child Services program.
OST Option 1
Elementary school programs: multiple services in the after school time (recreation, cultural arts and education) and summer day camps at all sites except PS 41. High School Programs: the services are primarily recreation in nature with some complementary services in the cultural arts and in the form of workshops.
OST Option 11
These programs, which we call Recreation Vocation Specialist Programs (RSVP), train 20 teens at each site in the skills necessary to be a recreation aide. The participants learn how to teach table games, cooperative games and low-organization games. They also take workshops where they receive credentials in CPR and Child Safety.
PAL’s OST programs are designed to provide quality activities for elementary, middle and high school students while meeting the goals of the funding organization, which are as follows:
- Goal 1: Provide a healthy and safe environment
- Goal 2: Foster high expectations for participants
- Goal 3: Foster consistent and positive relationships with adults
and peers and a sense of community
- Goal 4: Support the need of working families
- Goal 5: Support healthy behavior and physical well-being
- Goal 6: Strengthen young people’s academic skills
- Goal 7: Support the exploration of interest and the development of skills and creativity
There are no fees charged for student participation in any PAL OST program or its activities. Priority enrollment is given to former recipients of the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) child-care services and their siblings, followed by open enrollment for youth enrolled in the host school/local youth.
For elementary and middle school students (ages 5 – 13), OST programs operate daily as after-school centers for 36 weeks following the Department of Education (DOE) calendar, and further serve families by operating full day schedules (8am – 6pm) during twenty (20) additional school holiday and recess days. Students can also participate in the 8-week PAL Summer Day Camps which operate 8am – 6pm.
High School funding enables PAL to establish safe, supervised settings where teenagers can socialize, exercise and participate in a wide range of activities during afternoon and evening hours, 3-4 days weekly. Each teenage participant (ages 14 – 19) is encouraged to attend up to 108 program hours provided from early Fall through late Spring.
Attendance is required as follows:
Elementary School: 80%
Middle School: 75%
High School: 70%
2009-2010 PAL OST Sites
- New South Bronx Center (Option 1 & 11)
- PS 48
- Webster Center
- Armory Center (Option 11 only)
- Duncan Center
- IS 218
- Wynn Center
- Nazareth Regional HS
- Edward Byrne Center
- PS 214
- JHS 217
- PS 14
- PS 41
- Michael J. Petrides School