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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