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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

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the opportunity to be a part of the Playworks organization for a while now and I continue to be amazed by the positive difference it is having in the lives of so many youth around the country. As a child, recess was always the highlight of the day. This organization has found a way to expand and enhance recess even further while teaching the youth of today valuable life and leadership lessons. Just a few days ago there was a Playworks hockey Jamboree in my city and if everyone had an opportunity to see the happiness and joy which illuminated from the children participating, the world would truly be a better place. I'm glad to volunteer for an organization as wonderful as Playworks, and I look forward to watching them continue to grow in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The simple truth is that Playworks is fun but Playworks is also extremely necessary. Too often children grow up too quickly, and as a "grown up" myself I can solemnly declare that besides being able to have cake for breakfast if I feel like it, being an adult is not all it is cracked up to be! Adulthood is centered around work, but as anyone that has been to a schoolyard recess lately can attest to, playing is also a lot of work. Part of my 'adult work' is volunteering as an intern for Playworks Pacific Northwest and I have seen first hand how Playworks transforms playgrounds and also the very way that children play. The concepts of inclusion, healthy conflict resolution, and healthy play are not things to be left with the jump ropes and basketballs, however. The message of Playworks grows within the children that it reaches and I am privileged to work with an organization that allows children everywhere the space and tools to play and to learn. Playworks truly allows children the ability to have their cake and eat it too, and I am proud to be a part of that process no mater what time of day!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic! Our coach has made huge difference on our campus. Students are better behaved and having more fun.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My time volunteering with this nonprofit was wonderful. I am a student, and the organization provided enough flexibility to make the opportunity comfortable and realistic, but provided a great atmosphere which made my time spent there worthwhile and rewarding. The organization allows volunteers a hands-on approach, and gives volunteers the opportunity to interact regularly with the children.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

This internship was exactly what I was looking for. It allowed me to experience and learn so much. I have been able to take everything from my experience there and apply it to my life after college. I graduated in May 2013 and I'm currently traveling around the world, 11 countries in 11 months. I have done a lot of work with kids in the past 4 months of traveling, and I have been able to bring the games I learned with Playworks into these countries. They have been loved all around the world. I am so thankful for everyone I worked with and how open they all were to allow me enough room to grow and learn by participating, and not just taking a backseat view of how everything works. I got to be right in the middle of the action. I would go back and do it all over again. Not only was I getting college credit, but I really felt like I was making an actual difference in the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While with Playworks I helped out in two different roles. I had the opportunity to both volunteer at recess and work with one school's group of kids in after-school programming. Volunteering at recess really allowed me and my classmates to see how beneficial the organized play could be to avoid possible confrontation as well as redirect kids attention back to the games instead of fighting with each other if issues did arise. Working at recess with the children allows you also see how much the role of a Playworks coach empowers the older children.

Jerry A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a amazing organization that truly changes lives of children. It helps eliminate bullying and instead teaches children harmony and conflict resolution. The results are just phenomonal.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Playworks is an amazing organization that provides significant opportunities for schools, communities, sponsors and parents to make a difference in the lives of children. The simplicity of the theme makes it all the more powerful and rewarding for those who choose to become a part of the program. My role with Playworks is as a local Leadership Council member. I have seen the benefit the program has on kids and am a huge believer in its mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Playworks is a tremendous program that is taking a proactive approach to getting kids on the right path and providing them social skills at an early age. The coaches are impacting the lives of these children, families and teachers on a daily basis, making school a safe and fun environment for kids.

Rob K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Playworks through their corporate recess program. Our team at Baird had an amazing time learning how Playworks helps kids not only at recess, but in school and life. The Playworks team was phenomenal, and they are clearly passionate about what they do. I would most certainly volunteer with them again, and I'm pursuing other ways that I can be a part of this fantastic organization!