Rating: 4.98 stars 56 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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Playworks has worked for years to bring active, positive play into schools across the country. Playworks is especially effective in environments where lots of bullying and conflicts can happen at recess, and not all kids have other outlets to expend energy outside of those precious few minutes at school. These skills help set kids up for an easier transition to the classroom, as well as teams and teamwork later on in life.
As a board member, I've been able to balance strategy with execution by partnering with our national leadership team to meet the increasing demands in the San Francisco Bay Area for our model. We've been fortunate to have experienced, bright staff who bridge the needs of our frontline coaches and families while also partnering with our board to drive initiatives forward.
at It is not uncommon to hear a school principle from a Playworks school say that the program is the core of their school culture, and the most valuable tool they have to create an environment where kids learn best.
It is a privilege to serve on the board of Playworks. Playworks passionate focus on systemic change is inspirational, and the equally passionate testimonial from educators, parents and children is a strong testament to the program's impact.
Playworks does amazing things for kids, bringing structure, leadership, and fun back into the playground. Serving primarily at-risk kids, they have proven results on reduction of bullying and increased productive time back in the classroom. I have personally spoken with several principals who claim that it turned around their schools, and the first question they would ask if transferred to another school is "Is it a Playworks school?" because they believe it is a critical component of success.
A fantastic organization bringing play - and with it healthy kids, better academic focus, teamwork, leadership opportunities, and fun - to at-risk kids.
I was introduced to Playworks Colorado when my son became a Junior Coach. Our lives were forever changed as I watched my son learn to use his super powers and become a great leader. I was compelled to get more involved in order to ensure every child has the same opportunity as my son. As schools focus more and more on academics, it is important to keep play and recess alive and use them as tools to create positive leaders. I am honored to sit on the Playworks Board and help this organization grow!
I became involved with Playworks a few months ago after visiting a school and being blown away by seeing the work that coaches do every day. In order to learn effectively, children need safe, supportive and inclusive environments and Playworks not only reinforces those qualities on the playground, it helps instantiate them throughout the school. The data supports the impact that healthy play can have on children's lives and academic careers, but you can see it viscerally in the way that children learn to play foursquare together without fighting whenever there's a disputed call or the boost in confidence a junior coach gets by learning to solve problems in real time.
Before joining the Board of Playworks, I visited a school to see the program in action. It was a deeply moving experience. The school principal said Playworks had significantly improved the environment. Bullying had decreased and productivity was way up. I also met a Junior Coach who was empowered for the first time as a leader of his peers. He was clearly delighted to be developing new interpersonal and life skills. After seeing the enormous positive impact of this program, I just had to get involved!
Playworks has been doing amazing work for nearly 20 years. By building safe, inclusive playground cultures where kids can have a universally positive play experience, Playworks transforms the cultures of low-income elementary schools across the country. 10 minutes on the playground of a Playworks school and you will immediately recognize the quality of programming, the magnitude of impact, and the deep importance of the work that is being done. Definitely an organization that everyone should know about and easy to stand behind!
All you have to do is visit a Playworks school to understand how meaningful and important this work is. Playworks acknowledges the power that play has to make kids feel happy, safe and important. It has been an honor to serve on the board. The more I know them, the more I love them.
It has been an honor for me to find Playworks...close to 9 years ago and get the opportunity to be involved in helping them find their way to scale across the years. It is an organization that is 100% committed to the mission and we see the results in 1000's of different ways each and every day in playgrounds across America. I can honestly say that with the team in place that these are still the early days on the path to making sure that every child in America will get to play - every day!
Playworks Arizona and their team - Amazing and showing results!!
I joined Playworks because I saw a need from the kids in our community that Playworks was filling with an opportunity. I wanted to be part of the movement to make a difference in these children’s lives and to assure that they receive the skills and opportunities to achieve greatness in life!
I am so very proud and pleased to be a part of this Organization. The children we, Playworks, are connecting with have made monumental changes in their daily lives and routines. The transformation is so incredible to watch!
I can not get enough!!!