Playworks is the organization it is because of the effort and care of the people who work here and who have worked here over our history.

As we endeavor to expand our reach and influence the way our educational system values play, we recognize that tapping into our alumni network represents an important opportunity. It is also our belief that just as Playworks has been positively influenced by our alumni, our alumni have been positively influenced by their experiences at Playworks. It is our hope that in building a stronger engagement with our alumni, we can continue to provide them with transformative opportunities to serve and grow.

Enrichment and Service Opportunities


We provide unique opportunities for our alumni to grow and give back through:

  • Engagement initiatives. We want to help you expand and strengthen your professional network by reconnecting you with Playworks alumni through special events and a dynamic online community.
  • Educational and professional development. We are developing learning opportunities and partnerships to support your educational and career advancement after Playworks.
  • Leadership opportunities. We have alumni-drive initiatives, including opportunities to sit on the Alumni Advisory Board, to lead trainings for Playworks staff, and to serve as Playworks ambassadors.
  • Impact opportunities. We create seamless ways for you to plug back into the Playworks community. You can continue to make an impact on more kids’ lives by donating or volunteering.

For more information about the alumni community and ways to get involved, email alumni@playworks.org.

Resources


 

We are excited to partner with Teach Now to provide an opportunity to earn a teaching certification. Former AmeriCorps members can use their Education Award for the certification. Learn more and apply

Alumni Spotlight


October 11, 2017

Coach Alumna Brings Joy to School Community as Principal ›

Alumni Spotlight: Eleanor Alderman Current Role: Principal, International Community School (ICS), Oakland, CA Before Eleanor began her career in teaching and school administration, she was an AmeriCorps coach with Playworks (then called Sports4Kids). We sat down with Eleanor to learn about her journey from coaching to leading school communities. Give us an elevator-pitch-style history about…

October 2, 2017

From the Playground to USC ›

After graduating from college, McKenna Griffith was searching for an opportunity where she could make an impact on students’ lives. She was interested in youth development and wanted to hone her skills by earning a master’s in social work, but McKenna knew that she needed more experience to successfully transition into a graduate program. When…

October 2, 2017

Alumni Spotlight: Odiaka Gonzalez ›

Raised in Atlanta, GA, Odiaka Gonzalez graduated from Morehouse College with a BA in Psychology. Prior to serving as the executive director of Oakland Leaf, a nonprofit that utilizes creative education to develop young leaders to become agents of change in their community, Odiaka was a program manager at Playworks East Bay. A husband, father,…

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Have something you want to share with the alumni community? We want to hear about it. Email us at alumni@playworks.org.