April 18, 2017

Playworks Minnesota Honored at Character Recognition Awards ›

St. Paul, MN—May 25, 2017— Playworks Minnesota received a 2017 Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award on May 25 at the Character Recognition Awards Ceremony. We were one of three community programs, five schools, and one district honored by Synergy & Leadership for excellence in character and ethical leadership development. Governor Dayton proclaimed May 25 as Character Recognition…

February 24, 2017

What Does Service Mean to Our AmeriCorps Coaches? ›

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. Playworks started our partnership with AmeriCorps in 2004. Since then, we have received over nine million dollars in funding support and 1,071 members have contributed almost two million hours of service.…

February 9, 2017

The First Ever Opera Recess! ›

On December 7 at Forest Elementary School in Robbinsdale, Playworks and the Minnesota Opera combined forces to bring together the fun and play of recess with the drama and grace of opera for the first opera recess. The Minnesota Opera believes that Playworks’ vision aligns with their mission as they create opera education programs that…

February 9, 2017

Twelve Consulting Joins Playworks for Recess ›

2017 Twelve CG Day of Inspiration from Twelve Consulting Group on Vimeo. On January 24, Twelve Consulting joined Playworks Minnesota at Lucy Laney Elementary for a Play Day as part of their Day of Inspiration. At Twelve, the staff strives to express their core values of personal growth, excellence, collaboration, and well-being in their daily…

January 11, 2017

Junior Coach Ja’Quis ›

Here at Lucy Laney, Ja’Quis Brown is known as a “Senior Coach.” He is in his second year in the Junior Coach Leadership Program and has taken on additional leadership responsibilities. In his first year as a Junior Coach, Ja’Quis struggled to meet his academic responsibilities. He was put on a long-term break by his teachers after…

December 6, 2016

Meet Coach Brandon ›

Coach Brandon is a Minnesota kid through and through. He grew up in Blaine, Minnesota and he’s lived in the Twin Cities most of his life. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in 2015 but made his way back to Minnesota soon after. He spends his free time running, listening to music, boating,…

June 3, 2016

Minnesota Twins Visit Whittier Elementary ›

  On Friday, May 20th, the Minnesota Twins joined Playworks at Whittier Elementary School for recess and some wiffle ball fun! As part of the Minnesota Twins and Major League Baseball's Play Ball initiative, shortstop Jorge Polanco and pitcher Michael Tonkin played a game of wiffle ball with 5th and 3rd grade students out at…

January 19, 2016

WolvesFit Mini Training Camp 2016 with Playworks ›

In the month of January the Minnesota Timberwolves celebrate WolvesFit month, presented by Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine. WolvesFit month encourages youth to get on the path to being fit at an early age. The FastBreak Foundation and Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine hosted 50 kids from Playworks at Mayo Clinic Square for a Mini Training Camp. Participants…

January 19, 2016

Playworks Minnesota Honored by Timberwolves ›

Playworks Minnesota was recently honored by WolvesFit month, presented by Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine. WolvesFit month encourages youth to get on the path to being fit at an early age. Minnesota Timberwolves President Chris Wright presented Playworkers Brandon Elsner and Olivia Wulf with a basketball signed by the team. Check out the video on Playworks Minnesota's Facebook page.