Updates

June 6, 2018

2018 Get in the Game Gala a Success ›

Thank You! A big thanks to everyone who came out to play with us at our 10th Annual Playworks Get in the Game Gala. It was a wonderful evening thanks to all of the amazing supporters who helped to make our fundraising efforts a success. Special thanks to this year’s host Andrew East, former Oakland Raider,…

June 6, 2018

Junior Coach Mabel Finds Her Voice as a Leader ›

Junior Coach Mabel is a 4th grader at the Boston Teachers Union School in Jamaica Plain. Although Mabel only joined the Junior Coach team in February, she has already made a big impression as a leader in her school. In the beginning of the school year, Mabel was very shy and didn’t always feel confident…

May 2, 2018

Introducing our Principles of Play ›

About a year ago, I spent a week with a group of other nonprofit leaders at the MIT Media Lab Open Leadership Camp. We explored the idea that open technology is a framework with relevance and importance for the social sector. I’m not a big technologist, but a very simple definition of open technology is…

April 6, 2018

Playworks Celebrates National Volunteers Week ›

National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice, and support to causes they care about in their communities and around the world. Their stories serve to inspire others to take action and discover their collective power to unite in making a difference.

Playworks Director of Service Design Susannah Staats speaks on a Service Design Network SF panel discussion about service design in the nonprofit sector.
Playworks Director of Service Design Susannah Staats speaks on a Service Design Network SF panel discussion about service design in the nonprofit sector.

March 30, 2018

Designing for Play ›

Quick: what comes to mind when I say service design? Now how about when I say nonprofit? “Service design” often brings up images of exciting, new, entrepreneurial and tech-y—probably in the Bay Area, Silicon Valley, or Copenhagen.  “Nonprofit” likely brings up a different set of images. I had the wonderful experience of talking with a…

March 16, 2018

PlayworksU: Online Learning for Play ›

After a year of hard work, playful trial and error, and generous feedback from teachers and principals, we are happy to announce PlayworksU! Courses are available to preview through June 1; school subscriptions will be available starting August 1. These new online courses and videos from Playworks are designed to reinforce in-person training and help you…

March 13, 2018

A Successful Play Everywhere Tour 2018 ›

We joined forces with Target and KaBOOM! to bring four communities outside to play. Kids, parents, and community members in Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, and Miami high-fived and smiled throughout the Play Everywhere tour this February and March. Wellness guru Massy Arias spoke about the importance of fitness and led exercises from the stage. 123 Andrés…

March 9, 2018

Playworks Celebrates AmeriCorps Week ›

Our Playworks AmeriCorps coaches make a positive impact every day at each of the schools we serve. Coaches transform schools, engage communities, and inspire youth leaders. Find stories of these amazing AmeriCorps coaches and learn more about becoming a Playworks AmeriCorps member.  

February 5, 2018

2018 Martin Luther King Day ›

Each year on Martin Luther King Junior  Day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, and create solutions. In that spirit of service, Playworks regional offices across the country select volunteer activities for staff and AmeriCorps coaches that provide the opportunity for service…