Urban School Students Ready to Play

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Playworks has launched an exciting partnership with the service learning department of The Urban School of San Francisco.  Through classroom discussion, community projects, and self-reflection, Urban students become responsible, resourceful citizens with a sense of personal, social, and political awareness.  Playworks will place these high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors in 4-5 week projects in our under-resourced elementary schools.

Seventy-five sophomores will particpate in our signature recess training, students will support our coaches in creating a safe and inclusive environment for play: working with junior coaches and assisting in after school programming.  At Peabody Elementary, Urban volunteers are helping kick start a running club and working to make after-school programming more active.  At Leonard Flynn Elementary, students are helping with special education Class Game Times, making sure that despite ability levels all kids get play during the day.  We have already seen the positive effects of having more playful volunteers on the yard as more kids join in games and get the physical activity they need everyday.

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coach standing in front of children
coach standing in front of children

July 19, 2021

Warriors Community Foundation and Salesforce sponsor Playworks video ›

Playworks is delighted to share this video showcasing our continued partnership with the Warriors Community Foundation and Salesforce during the 2020-21 school year! We are grateful for our highlighted partners, Catholic Charities Maureen & Craig Sullivan Youth Services in San Francisco and Manzanita Community School in Oakland. Playworks has delivered safe and healthy play to…

March 25, 2021

Top 6 Games to Play Physically Distant with No Equipment ›

As more and more schools transition back to in-person learning, we know educators are looking for games that are physically-distant and don’t require equipment. The need for play is more important than ever due to the isolation that our kids have endured during COVID-19. Play encourages creativity, flexibility, teamwork, and other critical social skills. We’ve…

March 12, 2021

Playworks: One Year Later ›

One year ago… All of our partner schools closed their buildings and our work serving kids in schools risked coming to a halt. We knew our mission had to continue. We remained committed to providing opportunities for joy and connection through play for kids in a COVID safe way, regardless if their school was virtual,…