Summer Learning: OST Field Notes

This section includes voices from the OST field that describes practices with children and youth. It includes guest blogs and v-logs (video logs), photo-essays and narratives by practitioners describing specific program practices or projects within an organization.

We accept submissions from practitioners in the OST field. For more information about submitting your work, email

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Play Streets

This photoessay describes an unique project in Philadelphia that creates a summer job for youth.  Teens will be trained and supported to create meaningful, age-appropriate play experiences for other children and youth during the summer. The goals are to create a meaningful summer job for teens; create leadership opportunities for teens; empower teens to be change agents in North Philadelphia by training them to use play as a civic engagement strategy; and increase utilization of the Play Streets.

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Green Girls Working to Protect Our Parks!

This program provided by the New York City Parks Foundation engages girls from around the city in a summer program.  In this project, they learn about invasive species, and travel to parks around the city to remove them.

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