Updates

Safe and Healthy Recess at a Playworks school
Safe and Healthy Recess at a Playworks school

September 23, 2019

It’s Recess Checkup Week ›

It can be hard to understand the impact that your play space has on your school’s culture and your students’ experience, and while there are a lot of solutions worth trying, it’s tough to know what’s working and what’s not. Recess Lab is designed to help more principals, teachers, and students discover the power of…

September 17, 2019

Playworks Junior Coach Program named in DOJ’s ‘Promising Program’ ›

Recently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) reviewed evidence of the Playworks Coach program and found that the program met the criteria for a Promising Program intended to improve school attendance.  The DOJ invests in reviewing research that shows programs positively impact attendance because higher rates of kids attending school “prevents or reduce crime, delinquency, or…

March 22, 2019

Playworks Earned a 2019 Gold Seal of Transparency ›

Playworks just earned a 2019 Gold Seal by adding information to our Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar. Now our community members as well as 10+ million GuideStar users can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress. We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in the world. Plus, we’ve provided fresh…

March 6, 2019

Playworks Illinois Celebrates AmeriCorps Week ›

Playworks Illinois celebrates AmeriCorps Week by giving a huge Whoosh Clap to our AmeriCorps members for their commitment to service and for the great work they do in our community in Illinois and across the nation. We appreciate our Playworks coaches: Julia, Melanie, Tyrone, Carly, Stella, Zacharia, Andrew, Cassidy, Makaia and Raven. Get to know our…

January 22, 2019

Playworks Illinois Partners with JPMorgan Chase Fellowship Initiative ›

On Saturday, January 12, Playworks Illinois partnered with The JPMorgan Chase Fellowship Initiative for a day of intergenerational fun and learning as part of National Mentoring Month. The Fellowship Initiative (TFI) is a JPMorgan Chase program that provides intensive academic and leadership training to help young men of color from economically distressed communities complete their high school…

January 2, 2019

Playworks Named 2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit ›

Playworks is proud to receive the 2018 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…

October 11, 2018

Fun with Playworks and Leadership for Greater Chicago ›

On September 13, Playworks staff and AmeriCorps coaches helped this year’s cohort of Leadership for Greater Chicago Fellows kick off a year of civic leadership and learning. Leadership for Greater Chicago (LGC) is a year-long Signature Fellows Program that immerses the most promising leaders from the private, nonprofit, and public sectors in the major socio-economic…

March 29, 2018

Meet AmeriCorps Coach Mel ›

Meet our rockstar coach, Melanie! Melanie, or Coach Mel, to her students, is spending her year of service at Chappell Elementary School, a longtime partner of Playworks Illinois. Coach Mel is from the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on the northwest side of Chicago. She studied exercise sport science at Judson University. She has a passion for service,…

February 27, 2018

Celebrating AmeriCorps Week with Service! ›

AmeriCorps Week is when we celebrate and highlight the great work of our AmeriCorps members across the nation. At Playworks Illinois, we want to give a huge whoosh clap to our AmeriCorps members for their commitment to service. Here is just one example of how they go above and beyond: This past January, Playworks Illinois…