Serving Your Community Through Play
Playworks AmeriCorps coaches serve for a school year at a local elementary school providing essential opportunities for children to explore their imaginations, to connect with other kids, and to stretch and grow. Through service, Playworks AmeriCorps Members create a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills by organizing games before, during, and after school.
Join Playworks and help transform a community by engaging students in play at recess and throughout the school day.
Benefits of the Position
During your ten months of service at your elementary school, you will...
- Transform the culture of the school community through creating opportunities for safe, healthy, and inclusive play.
- Inspire, train, and support a group of youth leaders to take ownership of the climate of their school through role modeling, conflict resolution, and service.
- Connect students, parents, teachers, and administrators through play and our community engagement initiatives.
After your ten months of service at your elementary school, you will...
- Have acquired 125+ hours of professional development in leadership, group management, youth development, service planning, cultural competency, and more.
- Connect to a network of more than 15,000 Playworks AmeriCorps and staff alumni now working within nonprofit, education, and various private sectors across the country.
- Pay for further education through a $5,815 education award received upon the completion of your service.
- Continue your career with Playworks or another similar service-minded organization. (See videos on the right for stories of where some of our AmeriCorps Members are now.)
Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s physical and emotional health. Playworks currently serves more than 1,300 schools in 23 U.S. cities, and reaches 7,000 students directly and through professional training services.
AmeriCorps is a national community service program where people commit to serve with an organization. Nationwide, AmeriCorps members, commit to either a part-time or full-time position. At Playworks, our full-time AmeriCorps Member commits to serving a 1,700 hour term of service. This typically coincides with a full school year (about ten months).
More information about AmeriCorps can be found on the AmeriCorps FAQ.
About the Position
Our Playworks AmeriCorps Member position is a full-time role bringing healthy play and physical activity to primarily urban and low-income schools to create a positive environment for learning and teaching. Members are provided with extensive training and placed in an elementary school to work alongside teachers and school administrators to implement our on-site Playworks program. Members also generate community and family involvement in their school community by recruiting and supporting volunteers and facilitating community engagement activities.
Members commit to serving a full school year of at least 1,700 hours. This position typically requires more than 40 hours per week and includes night and weekend sports league and community engagement activities. Members typically start service in August.
Learn more about a day in the life of a Playworks AmeriCorps coach.
Members have a right to reasonable accommodations for known mental or physical disabilities if they are otherwise qualified for a position. If a member has a mental or physical disability or medical condition and needs accommodation to perform the assigned responsibilities, please contact our recruitment team at firstname.lastname@example.org to determine if Playworks is able to make an accommodation.
As an equal opportunity program, Playworks encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical ability, or any other legally protected basis. Playworks evaluates all candidates on a merit basis and does not discriminate on the basis of any factor proscribed by law. Playworks’ core values are inclusion, respect, healthy play, and healthy community and we will not retaliate against any person who, or organization that, files a complaint about such discrimination.
In addition to filing a complaint with local and state agencies that are responsible for resolving discrimination complaints, you may bring a complaint to the attention of the Corporation for National and Community Service. If you believe that you or others have been discriminated against, or if you want more information, contact: