Meet Coach Makeda

  1. Updates

This year Coach Makeda runs her program where she left off last year at PS 24 in Brooklyn, NY. PS 24 is in a predominantely hispanic community. In an effort to build more rapport, Coach Makeda has begun learning Spanish.

Coach has been able to really interact with parents through the family nights that she has thrown this school year. Each family night consists of games, cheers, snacks and a group clean up at the end. Her rapport building can really be seen in her relationship with her junior coaches. Each junior coach knows there responsibility and the importance of working together to facilitate a great recess.

At her recess, you will find a riveting game of soccer going on almost everyday. She makes a great effort to score a goal when she can and then she’s off to the next game. Coach runs a solid program with confidence. With this being her second year, Coach has taken on more of a leadership role by setting the example. She has been able to demonstrate organization skills, attention to detail but more importantly, the playful professionalism that it takes to be a successful coach! Go Coach Makeda!

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three people with Playworks shirts
three people with Playworks shirts

July 28, 2022

A year of social and emotional learning ›

“You can’t do SEL, trauma, or equity work without each other,” Jennette Claassen, Head of Evaluation, Playworks. As Playworks continued to progress on our equity journey, we explored a critical question: what are the intersections between play, social and emotional learning, physical activity, and trauma? A working group focused on this question decided, among other…

August 24, 2021

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet Publishes ‘Why Play Works’ ›

Play brings out the best in every kid. Over the course of 25 years since Jill Vialet founded Playworks, she and her colleagues, as well as researchers and play experts, have demonstrated precisely how and why play works to help kids learn and grow in the most positive and healthy ways. Jill gathered stories from people…

June 25, 2021

Playworks & Buffalo Sabres Partner for Girls Community Leadership Program ›

When the Buffalo Sabres Foundation was looking for ways to virtually engage their young fans after their Kids Club programming was canceled due to COVID, they turned to Playworks. Building off of the Sabres’ interest in introducing ice hockey to more girls, Playworks created the Girls Community Leadership Program. Dontae Privette, Playworks Community Engagement and…