Did you know?


  • There are over 500 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;



  • Not all of the Play Streets as ’playful’ as they could be.

  • In 2017 we trained 12 teens to facilitate and play games with the neighborhood youth on 5 blocks in West and North Philadelphia!

  • In 2018, we hired 30 teens across two neighborhoods!

  • In 2019, we hired 42 teens across three neighborhoods through a support from the William Penn Foundation and the Mayor's Office of Education.

  • During the summer, we place Play Captains on Play Streets in Kensington & West Kensington and Hunting Park in North Philly and in the West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood, including Mantua, Belmont and Mill Creek.

  • We expanded to an afterschool program in the fall of 2018, with generous support from the West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood (WPPN) and placed 6 Play Captains in early two childhood centers in the Promise Neighborhood.  In 2019, we'll place 10 Play Captains in 4 early childhood centers in the WPPN.

An Innovation of FAB YOUTH PHILLY, LLC

What is the Play Captain Initiative?

The Play Captain Initiative is a workforce and civic-engagement program for teens with the goal of making the Play Streets and neighborhoods in Philadelphia more playful.  We launched summer 2017 to great success!

Click on the image to below to watch NBC news coverage of the closing celebration in 2017.

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