Everyone wants a program that is sustainable but how to obtain security and longevity is tricky. It’s more of a practice than simply destination one arrives at. Many moving parts work in conjunction to create an OST program that not just survives, but also thrives. Adequate funding is the most obvious component, but sustainability also consists of non-monetary sources such as in-kind donations and services. Programs that are sustainable over the long haul are those that have wide support. Therefore, investment by varied stakeholders through strong business and community partnerships plays an important role. Backing from the community resulting from program promotion and advocacy is also key in support. Lastly, investment in the professional growth of staff creates a stable and ever-improving workforce. Explore our sections below to dive deeper into these topics.