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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Camps, Children & Youth, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations, Recreation & Sports, Sports, Youth Development Programs

Mission: To improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.

Target demographics: We are changing school culture by leveraging the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at school every day. We create a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Playworks currently serves more than 1,300 schools in 23 U.S. cities, and reaches more than 700,000 students directly and through professional training services.

Geographic areas served: Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s social and emotional health.

Programs: Playworks partners with schools, districts, and after-school programs to provide a service or mix of services including on-site coaches, professional training for school staff who support recess, and consultative partnerships.

Community Stories

121 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Amazing, game changing nonprofit that is revolutionizing how promoting healthy play and social/emotional learning can impact children and schools

Board Member

Rating: 5

Playworks is an excellent organization that I have had the privilege of being involved with these past few years. Getting to see the direct impact they have on kids firsthand is truly special!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Playworks is a great organization that I've had the privilege of being involved with for the past year. Getting to attend school recess and witness the power of what these coaches do for their kids is truly special. The inclusion, empowerment, and social skills these kids get out of a Playworks program, at an age that is so important, is amazing and why I'm proud to be a part of such an impactful organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Since my first Get in the Game in spring of 2014, I knew the difference Playworks makes and was honored to be asked to be on the Board. Witnessing the positive impact with the students, the decision to get involved was an easy one. Social emotional learning for our students is key for their success, in and out of school. The ability to increase self esteem through healthy and safe play is a must! The Junior Leadership program has a huge impact as well. Excited to see the future with these young men and women before our future leaders!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Playworks is creating tomorrows leaders through play! Teaching leadership skills, conflict resolution and inclusion while making it fun for the children, and reducing bullying. What a difference they make to recess! All children deserve organized play to make learning more successful.

Dina Marie R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Ever since Playworks started in Ferndale Schools recess has become a safe, inclusive atmosphere where kids help kids! The coaches and staff from Playworks always go above and beyond to ensure all students have the right to participate, play, and be a kid with a smile on their face! (Leaving the adults with smiles on their hearts!)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Playworks is a non profit organization that puts PLAY back in the hearts of children and educators each and every day! Our district partnered with Playworks many years ago and the rewards & results for our students is priceless! I can't say enough about the pride, passion, and purpose that all Playworks staff put into each day!
Dina Rocheleau
Assistant Superintendent
Ferndale Public Schools
Ferndale, MI

Heidi Cooley

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a mother of two young girls, I believe in the power of play. Active kids are stronger learners so I appreciate the social and emotional skills that Playworks teaches our children during recess right here in Colorado. While enabling inclusive and engaging play (and reducing bulling on the playground), Playworks also teaches valuable life lessons such conflict resolution (hello rock, paper, scissors) and leadership (junior coaches are the coolest). I enthusiastically support Playworks in touching more kids in more schools in our communities.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a new Playworks board member but have been involved with this organization for a number of years. I am most impressed with the ability of Playworks in helping kids discover their leadership potential. I am looking forward to a deeper connection to this organization and how we can bring more play to our community!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I volunteered in the past for this organization, as a recess volunteer. It was such an amazing experience. I've also participated in several of their past fundraising events and am now a board member. The programs they provide to kiddos and organizations that believe in power of play are incredible.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My first encounter with Playworks was on the ground as a coach at a K-8 school in East Oakland, California. Even as someone who loved recess and P.E. as a student and considered the experience positive, Playworks transformed my understanding of what effective recess and class game time could be. Using the Playworks playbook, I was able to quickly and effectively implement a program that promoted physical play, inclusion, cooperation and outright fun. The magic of Playworks was evident when I observed previously unruly students becoming compliant, self-described "non-players" leading games and the sheer joy on the faces of everyone on the school yard, from young kindergartners to near-teens. And kids went back to class ready to learn - what a double-win! Playworks definitely works and every school should be lucky enough to experience Playworks!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Playworks may sound fun (and it is!), but they take their mission seriously! The impact of their programming on the social and emotional wellness of the children they reach never ceases to amaze me. I've supported Playworks for more than a decade in a variety of capacities and believe they have tremendous untapped potential left.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Playworks is the leading nonprofit in our community leveraging the power of play to
transform children’s physical and emotional health. Their passion, programming and purpose extend their reach well beyond the schools where they create a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active and build valuable social and emotional skills.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Playworks for almost 6 years and I cant recommend the experience enough. I had long looked for a nonprofit to be involved with and when I came across Playworks and saw how they were working daily, nationally to change kids lives through play I knew I had found the volunteer organization I was looking for. I first participated in recess at Playworks schools, then joined the NY/NJ regional board, and then finally the national board. I see firsthand how the hard work of all the Playworks professionals changes trajectories for children.

Liz M.8

Board Member

Rating: 5

Playworks is about more than just increasing physical activity opportunities for kids in our communities. Playworks provides opportunities for kids to develop leadership skills, learn and practice inclusivity, be proactive in creating kinder communities, and learn effective problem-solving skills. Furthermore, Playworks has an impact on schools that transcends recess, and provides tangible benefits to teachers in the classroom, including but not limited to more effective and efficient transition periods, decreased disruptions, and gained teaching time.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My team and I have seen the impact that Playworks has on our local community. We have volunteered at recess and youth sporting events and through these experiences it was evident how much of a positive impact these programs have on the children they serve. We have even conducted a playground beautification and seeing the results has been so rewarding.

Lisa409

Board Member

Rating: 5

First class org, great leadership, great outcomes.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Playworks is doing amazing things to make sure that every kid has play in their life. And they have big plans to do more. Fantastic organization, amazing leadership team and a mission everyone can get behind!

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Jeff B.8

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have donated repeatedly to Playworks (both regional and national) directly and through my company. They provide an amazing service to elementary schools and students, and I believe it is a great return on investment for donors. A Playworks-powered school sees a drop in bullying of 50% and readiness-to-learn after recess increases by over 25%. Given the small cost per student to administer the program, this is as good an ROI as I have found to improve educational outcomes and supporting Social/Emotional learning.

I liked Playworks so much, I have since joined the board of directors! :)

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We need collaborative , inclusive community leaders. That's what Playworks does! Their junior coach program is amazing. Kids are trained to meaningfully contribute to their school community by being game leaders and culture keepers for younger students. They help their school have a great recess while they prepare to become our future leaders!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Playworks has served as an instrumental program in underdeveloped community schools (specifically in my Denver area). I have been invited to multiple service projects and observed recesses, and it's always nice to see full involvement from the children. Playworks continues to create an inclusive environment that promotes physical activity, as well as other desirable traits in these young school children. Overall the organization has my full support and will for the foreseeable future!

Board Member

Rating: 5

My son, Darius, was a junior coach in 4th grade, 7 years ago and I can still see the leadership skills he learned from Playworks being used in his daily life. I truly believe the value of play and the impact it has in the classroom and the ability to teach leadership skills on a peer to peer level. The value is continued to be seen as he continues his journey through life. I now sit on the board to ensure this non-profit continues to bring out the best super-powers of every kid through play and ultimately gives them the best opportunity in the classroom

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

My first introduction to Playworks was at a panel where Jill Vialet and Angela Duckworth discussed the value and definition of 'play', most notably when dissecting why we don't consider work to be play. Wouldn't the world be a better place if we all felt as though work was 'play'?! Wanting to learn more about the organization and mission, I subsequently attended a site visit where I saw first hand the value and impact that the Playworks approach could have on children and schools. I won't lie, I was speechless as I watched 50 second and third graders navigate a recess, on a repurposed parking lot, exhibiting a combination of mutual respect, patience, and conflict resolution I don't believe I could have exhibited! As I have grown to know more and commit deeper to Playworks, I continue to be wowed by the mission, the approach, and the results in students both in real time and in their extended communities as they embrace what they learn and apply it in their every day lives.

Faye Blount G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization provides a critical service to children in our area. Teaching life skills and play at the same time - what could be better?! Having volunteered for several events, I have been able to see firsthand the benefits of these programs. While it is designed to provide a safe and fun environment for children, it also provides great rewards for the adults involved as well. Children can gain such self confidence and return to the classroom ready to learn.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Playworks is an incredible nonprofit that brings so much joy into children's lives. Not only that but it teaches kids teamwork, collaboration, and better ways for conflict resolution. The first time I witnessed Playworks at an elementary recess in action I was absolutely floored. Every child was playing and having a great time. But better yet there were no arguments, fights or disruptions. Quite literally, all ~100 kids were playing, laughing and smiling. It warmed my heart and I knew I was witnessing something special. This is an incredible organization and I highly encourage folks to check them out and support.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first became acquainted with Playworks through one of their coaches. Outside of school and his working hours, he had constant and wonderful relationships with children and parents in my neighborhood. With every interaction, he fostered fun, reduced bullying and really brought together the community. That same enthusiasm outside of ‘work’ is multiplied even stronger at each of the schools Playworks’ serves. They transform playgrounds and have done so much to help kids be kids.

In a world and country so marred by hateful rhetoric and actions – Playworks works tireless to bring and develop civility for our next generations.

Paul L.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Playworks works -- and in the best possible way! Their programs and approach are based on the best research, insights and experience gleaned from the past 20 years on play, children's health, and social emotional development. And it shows. Indeed, research has proven that Playworks programs deliver major positive impacts for students, teachers and the schools that work with them, which is rare in this field. And, they accomplish this through play, which is the foundation of how kids grow and learn. Finally, they are easy to partner with and great fun to work with. Fantastic organization, and I highly recommend.

Brendan H.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Playworks is a wonderful organization that makes a meaningful impact on children and how they interact with one another. By focusing on how to resolve disputes, encouraging safe and active play at school and teaching stronger interpersonal and critical thinking skills, Playworks help children prepare to become responsible adults. Playworks efforts also help improve academic outcomes because children are better focused and ready to learn after coming off the playground feeling valued and energized. I love this organization and its mission!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Friends of Adaire brought PlayWorks to the Alexander Adaire K-8 Public School in Fishtown, Philadelphia, this year, and we're quite happy with the program so far. Playworks coaches have already helped Adaire students expand their repertoire of schoolyard and recess games, and it's been delightful watching rock-paper-scissors aka "Rochambeau" take over as the conflict-resolution means of choice among kids. The Junior PlayWorks Coaches -- Adaire 4th and 5th graders developing as play leaders thanks to PlayWorks guidance -- helped us celebrate the opening of our beloved new schoolyard, putting the PlayWorks imprint of improved play and guided recreation on display before media and politicians from throughout the city. We expect only better things to come from this fruitful partnership with PlayWorks!

camichaels

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm excited to have just joined the Playworks Silicon Valley board. It's very empowering, rewarding, and incredibly fun for this group to focus on such a critical area of youth development. Play time needs to be valued for helping every kid grow, connect, and learn important fundamentals that will serve them well no matter what path in life they choose. I love seeing the kids' excitement on the playground as well as watching the leadership skills develop in the junior coaches. I look forward to helping expand the Playworks footprint as I believe every school, child, and parent can benefit from what Playworks has to offer.

Joni W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was honored to be asked to join the Playworks Colorado board 1 year ago. i was drawn to the organization by their simple, but powerful mission: ensure that every kid engages in healthy play. The "powerful" part is self-evident the moment you step on to a school playground during a Playworks recess. These kids are all involved, all at play, resolving conflict among themselves. You don't see the random gaggle of kids off to the side. No loners. There is inclusion, organized play, laughter and energy. But the real magic comes when they return to the classroom ready to learn. When they become junior coaches, or go on to high school with confidence and leadership skills. Oh, and understand how to combat bullying. I can't say enough about the vision of this organization. Every kid not only deserves, but needs to play. It's literally life-changing. Join the revolution, bring play to your schools via Playworks!

Weston F.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Playworks lives its mission by providing students with safe, inclusive play at the schools it serves. Playworks is guided by an outstanding staff and coaches and is constantly showing how it will continue to innovate to serve students. Keep up the great work improving classroom productivity and creating a bully-free school climate.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Playworks has been a vital part of our transformation as a school. Not only do the kids now have complete ownership of our Playground, they take an immense amount of pride in being leaders on our campus. Each junior coach takes their role to heart and will often be found making sure they have adjusted their schedule and have everything ready to help their fellow classmates have a successful day on the playground. With the elimination of the words "you're out" and the addition of "good job nice try," even those students who have to get back in line and try again aren't discouraged and instead are excited to give it another go. Overall we have seen a decrease of conflict on the playground as a direct result of the implementation of the Playworks program. Under the direction of our site coach, this program has been fantastic for the overall structure and routines of all our recesses, an opportunity for kids to learn good sportsmanship, an opportunity for kids and teachers to participate in fun physical activities both as teams and individuals, and a fantastic leadership opportunity for our students.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing! Playworks is exactly what’s needed on all school playgrounds during recess. Healthy, safe, inclusive play makes a difference for all kids, and all students deserve this experience.

Being involved with Playworks has been fun!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I love Playworks and the amazing work they do for kids and communities. I wish we'd had this as kids.. play is an important part of learning and growing up and becoming a positive participant in society. Playworks helps kids develop healthy habits and positive relationships, and engage in fun play time experiences!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so proud of all of the work Playworks is driving to encourage safe and healthy play on the play ground! I'm on the Board of a wonderful organization. Their mission of providing and promoting healthy, safe, inclusive play has become more critical in our society than ever before. My son is also part of this fantastic organization as a Junior Coach at Blackford Elementary for the last 3 years. He enjoys teaching “ro-sham-bo” to the Kindergarten and First grade to resolve conflict on the playground. He is learning leadership skills that will translate how he grows in school and life. I ask you to join in providing healthy play for all of our children across the nation! #Playworks rocks!
Consider Donating to Free Schools of Bullying!! https://www.playworks.org/

Board Member

Rating: 5

I work with many schools across Metro Detroit and over the years have seen a decline in access to safe, healthy play. I love that Playworks brings recess and physical activity back into schools!

Tiffany K.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PlayWorks Colorado is a remarkable organization impacting our most vulnerable segment: youth. By teaching confidence building and conflict resolution, PlayWorks is allowing kids in Colorado the opportunity to healthfully work through and resolve issues with their peers setting up patterns for the rest of their life. The organization is integrated in the community, striving to increase their impact and reach.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As an elementary Principal I learned about Playworks and little did I know the IMPACT Playworks would have on my school family! The philosophy of Playworks goes hand in hand with our school family and this is how our partnership began! Once we partnered with Playworks the dramatic effects the program components had on our student population was mind blowing! Ever since that first year we started with Playworks I have become an advocate for Playworks. The intentionality of everything they do pays off! The ability to support a healthy school culture built with the necessity of safety, fun and play is what every school needs. For students to be included, accepted and empowered on and off the playground is essential for a healthy social and emotional development. As I moved from a Principal to a district leader we were able to bring Playworks to other elementary schools and share the principles behind Playworks with all staff. As an advocate of Playworks I know support them by being an active board member as well. I stand behind Playworks vision to make sure every child, every day gets to play in a setting of love, acceptance and understanding.
Wishing you well,
Dina Rocheleau
Ferndale Public Schools

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I think about the impact that Playworks has on our children, I am so proud to be a part of the organization. From developing young leaders on the playground through the Junior Coach Program, the conflict resolution skills, and inclusion - Playworks lays the foundation for successful individuals, regardless of their socio-economic status.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My children attended a high poverty, very diverse elementary school in Milwaukee. The first week Playworks piloted a program there, my children every night at dinner showed us all the games they learned.

Once Playworks came to the school, i saw firsthand how it strengthened the school environment. The parent teacher association chose Playworks as the one thing it raised money for through Friday night taco dinners. This was a school with over 80% free and reduced lunch so the fact parents supported this says a lot.

My oldest daughter who used to sit and read during recess began participating in activities and moving instead. My younger daughter who had never liked being in activities and programs loved it. She joined their no rules basketball league and volleyball league and loved them - the only sports she's played to this day. Two of my children were junior coaches and took it quite seriously. My son who could misbehave at times did not want to jeopardize his role and was super responsible about it. They loved running the games for younger kids.

I wish all schools had Playworks to engage kids in activity, prevent bullying, and engage kids as collaborators and leaders. I wish they had still had it in middle school!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am incredibly proud to be a part of this world class organization, one that values the need for play the same way that I do. Playworks is making a huge impact on kids all across this great country. I have seen for myself what they have accomplished and I believe their mission is one that we should all take notice of. The leadership in this organization are committed to making a difference and I for one am thrilled to be a part of it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Playworks has been a very inclusive model for all students and the philosophy encourages students of all abilities to join. The program encourages typical peers to be supportive of students that have differences from them.

One of my students is on the Autism spectrum. He has a strong desire to join activities and doing what other students are involved in doing. When recess is unstructured, he tends to hang out by himself and not engage with other students. When there are structured games, such as switch, tag, or duck duck goose, he is able to access the activity.

He is happy because gets to join a game and have fun when there is a game format and routine. In addition, he gets to benefit from working on his IEP goals because he has to take turns, wait, and be flexible with the small details. One of the great things about Playworks is there is never too much waiting and there are always clear directions about returning. Everyone is trained to cheer for everyone so this student always feels good even when the skill is a challenge for him.

1 Kevin155

Board Member

Rating: 5

Playworks demonstrates an incredible mission, outstanding staff and management, and a growing platform all back by proven success in reducing bulling, fostering inclusive play, improving classroom productivity and building stronger culture in the schools it serves.

Katie166

Board Member

Rating: 5

I love Playworks!! I've been a member of the SF Board for a year, and continue to be impressed by the impact of Playworks. Providing a healthy, supportive and immersive recess experience can be transformative for children and I've learned so much from the staff and coaches. This is an amazing group of people doing amazing work.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Playworks is an outstanding organization starting with the dedicated Coaches and Staff that work tirelessly to make sure that EVERY kid has a positive association with school. The positive energy that each and every Playworker brings to the school yard (and front office) is unrivaled and speaks to their lasting philosophy that fun & safe places are necessary for kids and adults alike.

It is an honor to serve on the East Bay Board and I look forward to many years of being a part of the family.

Board Member

Rating: 5

One of the most active, competent, and engaged boards I've been part of. I highly recommend it. Playworks really knows how to execute on their mission and have a material impact in the lives of the people they serve.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great, visionary organization that is trying to scale to magnify its impact. Programming at schools and effect on kids is amazing to see first hand.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Playworks does amazing work, day in and day out. It's always wonderful to see the direct impact the programming has on kids in transforming playgrounds and schools, and inspiring to watch the program blossom nationwide!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Playworks organization is contributing positively to our communities working directly with schools to help kids learn how to resolve conflicts and stop/prevent bullying during recess (including after school and evening developmental sports leagues), so it doesn't spill into the classroom. Really great work that positively impacts the schools they work with (see below metrics for further info). In 2015, Playworks served more than 60,000 kids in 150 schools in the Pacific Northwest. Playworks programs teach skills related to conflict-resolution, trust, inclusiveness, integrity and fair play, while increasing physical activity and decreasing bullying. Playworks' schools spend less time transitioning from recess to learning, reclaiming an average of 24 hours of teaching time per classroom, per year. The schools that partner with Playworks have also reported a 96% increase in the level of participation with academic activities, 96% increase in cooperation during class, and a 94% increase in students' ability to focus. In addition, they've experienced an 82% decrease in the amount of class time spent resolving conflicts, and an 85% decrease in bullying incidents. To learn more, please visit the NW Playworks site at: http://www.playworks.org/communities/pacificnw

Board Member

Rating: 5

Playworks is developing young leaders in elementary schools who promote a culture of empathy, caring, respect, and fun in school environments. Junior coaches look out for the other students, resolve conflict on the playground, and help eliminate bullying. The organization encourages the same qualities and culture among its staff and board. I am proud to be a part of and supporter of Playworks!

Andrea155

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization that uses an effective method to improve the health and well-being of kids and communities!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is our second year with Playworks and we love it! Kids are engaged in play, healthy, and active! We have less issues outside as well.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a local board member for Playworks. It is an excellent organization leading a national movement to make recess a fun, safe, and inclusive experience for all kids. Through youth leadership, conflict resolution, and having fun, Playworks promotes kids social-emotional learning skills and helps them return to the classroom ready to learn. All schools should partner with Playworks!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Playworks mission and the people in the organization driving that mission are simply fantastic. There is an incredible passion for the organization, the people, and the kids it serves that I have not seen at other organizations. Most impactful to me was the opportunity to visit a Playworks school and see the program in action. Not only were the kids engaged, positive, able to resolve conflict on the spot without adult intervention, and having fun but they even invited me to play in one of their games!
Playworks is doing great work in the Pacfiic NW!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an incredible nonprofit that makes a difference every single day in the lives of so many children. The structured recess has significantly reduced the number of incidents of bullying and given children an environment that encourages meaningful interaction with each other. By allowing older students to assist in running the programs as junior coaches, it also provides an opportunity for those students to develop leadership skills that will be beneficial far beyond the playground.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is terrific, and has a very important mission. Safe, active play is imperative for our elementary school kids, and Playworks highly motivated and energized coaches and staff ensure that it happens -- all while creating a statistically significant increase in classroom focus and reading comprehension. What's not to love?

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Playworks is a great organization! The coaches are upbeat, energetic, and work with the kids each and every day.
It’s all about keeping recess fun while teaching kids how to resolve conflict, share, and enjoy physical activity.
It prevents bullying and boosts self-esteem. Playworks also teaches leadership skills to the junior coaches selected from the students.
Administrative overhead is low; the majority of funds go to play the coaches for the schools.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The impact of Playwotks Colorado is exponential! The junior coaches turn into confident leaders. The parents experience an amazing change in their children not only at school but in their home. The teachers look into a classroom of more willing learners...children who are ready and more capable to learn after an exciting and structured recess full of exercise. Principals oversee an entire elementary school of children who are more focused on studies, respect each other, and know how to resolve conflict peacefully amongst themselves. The community benefits from having a grade school with a Playworks program...a sought after program that increases enrollment in their schools and brings growth to their area.

We see smiling faces, hugs, pride, happy kids, confidence, and tons of healthy play when we visit a Playworks school.

When we ask how Playworks has impacted the children...particularly the junior coaches...we see tears of joy and hear amazing stories of growth.

Our hope is to share this experience with more communities, schools, families, and especially...children.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My name is Stephanie Syner and I am a board member for Playworks! I became passionate about this organization after watching my son serve as a junior coach. Playworks gave my son a super power that he was able to use to become more of a leader with his peers. Before Playworks he was intimidated while interacting with some of his peers. Playworks gave him the tools to confront his peers demonstrating negative behavior in a positive manner. These tools have continued to lead him in the right direction 4 years later. I sit on the board to ensure other young people get the same opportunity and we continue to grow this program throughout all schools in Denver.

1 Dafna M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Playworks lives by the value of giving far more in service than expected. As a board member I am consistently awed at the high level of service our coaches provide to our community youth. Even more than that, I am consistently awed by the highest levels of professionalism of the executive and administrative staff of the organization. I know that my donation is working as hard as possible to serve our community when I give to Playworks.

1 Shad D.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Play works is a fabulous program that teaches kids to be active. They include in their program problem solving skills that help kids work through issues that arise during recess time. Kids have a lot of fun and learn to include others in any game they are playing. The first year we had Playworks at our school, we moved into a new school and we didn't have our playground installed until a couple months into school. I was very worried about kids not having anything to do and I was worried that without the playground equipment there was going to be a lot of problems. Playworks was all we had for recess time. What I witnessed were kids being active, having fun and including others and we didn't have any office referrals until a couple months later when the playground equipment was installed. I have seen the benefits of how PLAY does WORK when kids are taught problem solving skills and how to all play together.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been associated with PLAYWORKS for 4 years as a school district administrator and for the last year as a Board member. As an organization, PLAYWORKS excels in executing their vision and mission to bring out the best in every child through play. We have data to show dramatic improvements in recess behavior as tracked through Office Disciplinary Referrals, and improved school wide behavior as measured by PBIS SET data. All students learn conflict resolution strategies in context, and the opportunities provided to Junior Coaches for leadership training are superior to any I have seen. The PLAYWORKS Executive Director leads this non-profit with passion and skill, and constantly seeks opportunities to grow the organization, build connections, expand services and include diverse groups. School-based Coaches (often Americorp personnel) are well-trained, well-supervised and very effective.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They are at our school and we have LOVED them. I don't know what we would do without them and the coaches they provide at our school. Thank you Playworks...you are the best!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Playowrks is an integral part of our Positive Behavioral support plan for East Midvale Elementary. They teach our students how to be safe respectful and responsible. They also encourager prosocial behavior and skills that help to resolve conflict in a fun and exciting way.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

I worked for Playworks and can't think of a more authentic, engaged organization. People who work here believe in what they do and it drives the connection to community and the difference in kids lives. Go Playworks!

Donor

Rating: 5

I feel great about donating to Playworks -- what an amazing organization and I am happy to support their mission to keep kids active and educate everyone about the value of play in children's lives. I am lucky to have corporate matching to double my gift. Thank you, Playworks, for all you do to improve the lives of our children!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.