Playworks Leadership NOW

  1. Updates

Why Play Matters


Play is vital for our children’s development of civility, social skills, physical activity, and leadership. Through safe and healthy play, we have an opportunity to make a mark and shift the dynamic for our youngest generation and those that support them. This is our mission at Playworks

With electronics, a lack of kindness in today’s society, and inactive lifestyles on the rise, it’s important to keep kids engaged physically and socially. Playworks, the leading national nonprofit providing safe and healthy play during the school day, has impacted 42,5000 students and 97 schools throughout the mid-Atlantic (DC, VA, MD and West VA), just this year.

It is our collective responsibility as citizens to create an environment for all people, especially our youth, to truly experience the childhood they deserve. At Playworks, our coaches and mentors supply school communities and youth-serving organizations with the skills and the mindset they will need to be successful in their lives as children and adults.

As civility becomes the main focus of schools and school districts, the demand for our program continues to heighten. We are looking for play advocates to help us reach every kid. Our program is applicable to all types of schools and youth-serving organizations. Each demographic or segment deals with their own unique set of challenges (e.g. social justice, bullying, lack of physical activity time, multicultural and non-diverse environments, parent pressure, safety, sharing, and kindness). 

 

Recently released national IMPACT survey results show the impact of Playworks:

  • 90% of staff agree that play and Playworks improved the overall school climate to one of kindness, student leadership, and joy.
  • Teachers recovered an average of 17 hours a year formerly spent on conflict resolution, exclusion, and bullying.
  • 4,000 junior coaches (4th and 5th graders, an average of 12 students per school) participated in the program last year. 90% of teachers reported junior coaches are strong role models, and 87% said junior coaches also improved their academic success.

 

What is Leadership NOW


Leadership NOW is a giving circle of concerned citizens and advocates who believe in play.

Connections, advice, and funds from Leadership NOW supporters will allow Playworks to enhance our program, hire staff when an entire district needs our services (more and more requests for this), and scale throughout the mid-Atlantic in a sustainable way.

At each Playworks elementary school, there is a sandlot team of junior coaches who learn and practice leadership every day. They understand leadership at their schools happens NOW and they are empowered to shift and/or improve their school cultures from WITHIN.  Leadership NOW funds will allow us to grow our school footprint and serve more junior coach leaders!

 

I enjoy helping the kids STAY SAFE and PLAY FAIR. Kids need play to release their energy and a lot of times in classes, you don’t get to socialize with your friends so that gives them the time to socialize with their friends.” 

Kenadie (Junior Coach Alum)

 

 

Who Should Join


Leadership NOW is an exceptional network of supporters, aligned with our junior coaches and all kids, who are community leaders, elected officials, professional sports teams/players, school leaders/educators, parents, corporate partners, nonprofit partners…really anyone who is a proponent of play.

Leadership NOW donors understand that time is of the essence and we can unify to create a better outcome for the next generation.

“White & Case believes in spreading kindness and ensuring every kid gains the skills they need to thrive as future leaders in person, online, and in the recess yard. That’s why we support Playworks. Playworks teaches kids kindness, teamwork, inclusion, and leadership through play. Changing the culture of school for a better future. Join us in supporting Playworks. Leadership is needed NOW. It matters.”

                                                         -Dara Brown, White & Case, Attorney and donor 

 

Our Goal


We are engaging individuals, families, and corporations alike to help us reach our goal of $100,000 by June 30, 2020. To date, we’ve raised $44,000.  That includes gifts on three levels and multi-year commitments for sustainable impact. 

 

Be A Leader of Change Today


Join Leadership NOW to be an advocate for play and to make an impact on today’s youth.  Leadership NOW donors pledge for at least two years.

Category Donation Amount Benefits 
Play NOW Champion $5,000
  • Bi-annual strategy session with Board
  • Four tickets to all major events (Real Players Don’t Bully Congressional event with Playworks founder Jill Vialet, Rock Paper Scissors, Summer Soiree)
  • 50% discount on the corporate kickball team, if applicable
  • Play day at a local school
  • Recognition in the annual report
  • Share viral information from Playworks and play on your social media outlets and peer network
  • A mentoring session with junior coach leaders
Play NOW Advocate $2,500
  • Bi-annual strategy session with Board 
  • Two tickets to all major events (Real Players Don’t Bully Congressional event with Playworks founder Jill Vialet, Rock Paper Scissors, Summer Soiree)
  • Play day at a local school
  • Recognition in the annual report
  • Share viral information from Playworks and play on your social media outlets and peer network
Play NOW Steward $1,000
  • Bi-annual strategy session with Board
  • Two tickets to all major events (Real Players Don’t Bully Congressional event with Playworks founder Jill Vialet, Rock Paper Scissors, Summer Soiree)
  • Recognition in the annual report
  • Share viral information from Playworks and play on your social media outlets and peer network

JOIN NOW

 

Any and all supporters of play are WELCOME!  If you are unable to provide monetary funds at this time, please serve as an advocate for play in however way you can.

  • Direct contact with those in need of safe & healthy play
  • Help us increase our viral presence
  • Keep tabs on our events and volunteer!
  • Sign your corporation up for a play day or school beautification project

For more information and/or to discuss your passion for play, contact Jennifer Oxley at Jennifer.oxley@playworks.org or 202.822.0097.

Thank you!

 

More Updates


November 14, 2019

Playworks Mid-Atlantic’s Real Players Don’t Bully Event 2019 ›

  For the past two years, Playworks Mid-Atlantic has been teaming up with Google’s Be Internet Awesome campaign to work towards inclusivity and anti-bullying on the playground and the internet. Our Let’s End Bullying event was held in downtown Washington D.C. and consisted of a keynote given by John Gomperts of America’s Promise Alliance, as…

November 7, 2019

Give Kids the Childhood They Deserve ›

When kids feel included and supported at recess, they’re more likely to thrive in school and in life. Everyone deserves a chance to become the best possible version of themselves. Kids need us to make that possible for them.  Not all kids feel like they fit in at school. Feeling safe and like you belong is…

November 6, 2019

Playworks Named 2019 Top-Rated Nonprofit ›

Playworks is proud to receive the 2019 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. “Playworks is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits. “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but the tremendous support…