Updates

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…

February 23, 2018

AmeriCorps National Day of Service: Martin Luther King Jr. Day! ›

This past January, Playworks Illinois staff and AmeriCorps members painted a mural to show love and appreciation for one of our partner schools to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Everyone worked together and painted a part of the mural, ended the day with a full beautiful mural to go in the cafeteria at the…

Guests at Playworks Illinois' Get in the Game: Camp Playworks.
Guests at Playworks Illinois' Get in the Game: Camp Playworks.

October 19, 2017

Get in the Game: Camp Playworks 2017 Recap ›

Playworks Illinois hosted its fourth annual Get in the Game: Camp Playworks event on September 28th. This celebratory party was attended by 150+ friends of Playworks Illinois including community, business, and education leaders for a night of fun, food, drink, and of course play! We were also excited to welcome back Natalie Martinez from NBC…

February 22, 2017

Celebrating AmeriCorps Week with Coach Shay ›

Playworks Illinois is celebrating AmeriCorps week by highlighting one of our AmeriCorps Coaches, Shamerea Richards. Coach Shay is a first-year coach serving at James N. Thorp Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois. She received her undergraduate degree in Corporate Communication from Eastern Illinois University and returned to the city to help strengthen the Chicago Public School…

November 10, 2016

Founder of Playworks, Jill Vialet, Q&A on Chicago Woman ›

It was in 1996 that Jill Vialet founded Playworks, a national nonprofit providing elementary schools and youth organizations around the country with fun and safe activities. Read the full interview on chicago-woman.com.

August 9, 2016

How Play Fits Into Social and Emotional Learning ›

photo by GettyImages Why are we so quick to dismiss play as a force for learning? As Playworks CEO and founder Jill Vialet notes, "Consider something as simple as a game of foursquare. For kids to keep the game going, they have to practice social and emotional skills. They must learn to follow and create…