Playworks for every kid

Indianapolis Volunteers

About the Organization: 

At Playworks we believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid!

Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that improves school climate, reduces bullying and increases student engagement in school through play and physical activity. Through both our training programs and our on-site direct service, Playworks teaches children to resolve their own conflicts that arise at recess and carry over to the classroom, restoring valuable teaching and learning time. We help transform recess into a safe, fun and inclusive time that gets students active and engaged so they can return to the classroom focused and ready to learn.  For more information, please visit

About the Position: 

We are looking for dynamic individuals who are naturally motivated and possess clear and open communication skills to join our movement for play. You should be humorous and playful with an ability to set clear goals and follow through. You are patient, flexible and enjoy working with elementary school age children. You are comfortable working in a leadership role, possess creative problem solving tools and able to accept direction from our Coaches. As a Playworks Ambassador, you will mirror our core values of respect, inclusion, healthy play and healthy community and have an opportunity to be a part of this important growing movement across the nation.

Direct Program Opportunities 

These opportunities connect volunteers directly with kids.  Patience, flexibility and enjoyment while working with elementary school age children are all requirements for these roles.   Grab your sneakers and get ready for fun, laughter and a whole lot of high-fives!

Recess All-Stars

Role: Assist the Playworks Program Coordinator (Coach) at an elementary school in creating a safe and inclusive playground and be a significant presence by organizing and playing games with 20+ students. Focus students’ attention on having fun, not on winning/losing.  Encourage safe, healthy play and positive conflict resolution through role modeling and active participation. 

Key Skills: Must love to play, lead activities with kids and have the ability to model positive behavior. Actively engage students in teamwork, sportsmanship and physical activity.   Demonstrate ability to build rapport, trust and respect with students.

Available days/times: M-F between the hours of 10am and 2pm

Ideal Commitment:  12-36 hours per school year.  Weekly, bi-monthly and monthly schedules can be arranged based on your schedule

 League Ref (4-8 openings/year) (Girls Basketball, Co-Ed Volleyball)

*Leagues are developmental in nature, not competitive.*

Duties: Referee league games, with focus on teaching players the basic game skills and teamwork.  Communicate with coaches and league manager to ensure games run smoothly and that league rules--respect the game, play hard, have fun--are being followed by coaches, volunteers, players, and spectators.

Key Skills: Understand game rules and core skills required.   Experience refereeing games and or coaching helpful.  Ability to adapt games to include players of all ability levels and provide a safe environment for all players.  Calm demeanor and willingness to help players grow and develop as athletes and students.

Available Day/Hour:  Basketball (Jan – Feb.  Wednesdays 4:30-6:00 PM or Saturday 10:00-11:30 AM) Volleyball (March. Dates and Time TBD)

Varies based on sport and league assignment

Ideal Commitment: 2 hours per week for 6 weeks plus one weekend day for the end of league extravaganza.  **League Ref positions can be shared between two people*

Free Agent (Program Support)

Weekday or Weeknight Opportunity

Opportunities Vary

Duties: Participate in various kid-focused projects, i.e. Junior Coach Leadership conferences, League cheer squads, game jamborees, and playground rehab projects.  These are short-term commitments with big impact.

Key Skills: Willingness to jump in and join the fun.  Ideal Free Agents are enthusiastic supporters of Playworks who can bring a variety of skills to the table and who are team players willing to cheer loudly, work hard and provide a burst of energy and effort.  Additional skills vary by project

Available days/times: Vary by project

Ideal Commitment: On-call availability for one school year

Administrative Support Opportunities

These opportunities connect volunteers with the administrative side of Playworks.  By lending your expertise in the areas of fund development, marketing/communications and community engagement, we can continue to grow Playworks Indiana and bring the power of play to more Indianapolis students.

The Ambassador (Community Awareness)

Flexible schedule

Role: Become a trained Playworks Ambassador and share the program with potential stakeholders, businesses and community through presentations and friend-raisers.  Help us share our story and reach new audiences.

Key Skills: Detail oriented with strong organizational, oral and written communication skills.

Day/Hour: Vary by project

Commitment: Ongoing

The Sideline Report (Communications/Marketing)

Ongoing Weekday Opportunity

Duties: Write newsletter stories and media releases, assist with social media, aid in marketing campaigns, develop communication plan.

Requirements: Detail-oriented with strong organizational, oral and written communication skills. Experience and/or enthusiasm for using Social Media and the web for community outreach. Hard-working and able to work independently.

Day/Hour: Vary by project

Commitment: Ongoing

How to Apply: 

As an equal opportunity program, Playworks encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, or physical ability, and evaluates all candidates on a merit basis.