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Coined after the Block Captain and Jr. Block Captain roles, the Play Captains Initiative "is a leadership and civic-engagement strategy for teens to make the Play Streets more playful."
Click here to read the SUMMER 2017 FACT SHEET
There are over 600 Play Streets in Philadelphia, which are part of the Free Summer Meal Program, overseen by Parks & Recreation and serve as a safe place for children to receive two free meals a day during the summer;
The Play Streets are closed off to cars between 10am-4pm;
A resident on the block applies to be a Play Street Supervisor and 70% of the block needs to sign on their approval for the Play Street; and
Not all of the Play Streets as ’playful’ as they could be.
THE GOALS of the Play Captain Initiative are to:
Create a summer job for teens;
Create leadership opportunities for teens;
Empower teens to be change agents in the community;
Increase utilization of the Play Streets; and
Work across City agencies and youth-serving systems to leverage resources, meet common goals and to support Play Captains.
THE ADVISORY TEAM we have created a strong advisory team to help build out the initiative including:
Michael Imperato, Operations & Scale
Reggie Jones, MSS, MLSP, LCSW, Mental Health
Bill McKinney, Ph.D, M.A.A, Evaluation
Kerry Wilson, Esq., Risk Management
Shushma Shah, Development