Rating: 4.98 stars 52 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth, Philanthropy, Sports
Location: 380 Washington St. Oakland CA 94607 USA
Target demographics: Direct service: low-income elementary schools Training: all schools and youth organizations
Direct beneficiaries per year: 130,000 directly
Geographic areas served: We serve low-income schools in urban cities around the country through our direct service program. Playworks Training provides training and technical service to adults who work with schools around the country.
Programs: Direct service which provides a full-time, trained and supervised coordinator at each school providing five components (recess, class game time, junior coach leadership development, out-of-school programming, and interscholastic leagues) to the school. Our Training department provides four training options to schools, school districts and other youth organizations: recess implementation, recess 360, out-of-school time series and workshops energized.
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I was introduced to Playworks Arizona a few months ago. Had an opportunity to see the program in action at a school, and attended the breakfast event. Truly impressed with the team leading this organization, their genuine passion and best of all the results they produce in the schools. What I witnessed at the school was nothing less than impressive. In the few weeks since school started, the program was able to transform recess into a positive experience for all students. The Playworks program is a gift to the students, teachers, administrators an our community at large.
I am so impressed with the mission of Playworks, and the passion that they bring in bettering the overall school day experience for children! I applaud all of their efforts, from placing recess coaches, to training junior coaches, to the overall attitude and vibe they contribute in returning PLAY to our schools! Bravo to all involved and what they do each and every day to serve the very important children of our country. I wish there had been a Playworks coach at my children's' school!
I have seen a Playworks playground in action an it is a sight to behold. Tons of kids all playing cooperatively , having fun at recess. The skills for conflict resolution really work! Most importantly happy kids are going back to the classroom where they can focus on schoolwork and not on some playground problem. Refreshed, exercised children are known, by research, to be more engaged learners.
Playworks is the best non-profit I know of! They are the only non-profit focusing on the epidemic of the deterioration of play. Playworks truly values healthy play, inclusion, respect, and healthy community with both the children they serve and with their own employees. Children, communities, parents, teachers, and Playworks staff are forever bettered by the organization!
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
More Playworks offices in more cities across the Nation!!
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