Out-of-School-Time (OST) Collaborative
The Out-of-School-Time (OST) Collaborative coordinates a collective approach to delivering summer programs throughout the city, with a specific focus on programs located in areas with high refugee settlement. These programs have a strong academic, cultural and recreational focus.
Goal: To improve the resiliency of children and youth experiencing social vulnerability through quality and widely accessible out-of-school-time programs.
We believe that if vulnerable children, youth and families are connected to services, programs and opportunities through OST programs, then they will:
- Become more actively involved in their communities
- Experience greater academic success
- Develop an enhanced sense of belonging and identity
- Become productive, engaged Edmontonians
REACH provides full-time coordination and backbone support for the Out-of-School-Time (OST) Collaborative as well as chairs the OST Secretariat and OST Gatherings.
The OST Collaborative is a partnership of community groups, community leaders, service delivery agencies, local institutions and Edmonton citizens that have been working together since 2008.
Since then, the OST has expanded its focus from programs and supports for immigrant and refugee children and youth, to support for all children and youth experiencing social vulnerability during critical hours - times when school-aged children and youth are not attending school (i.e., before and after school, evenings, weekends, summer vacation and holidays).
The OST Secretariat is responsible for listening to and responding to the needs of OST partners, securing resources, organizing meetings and training opportunities, and developing, supporting and monitoring the overall strategy.