Urban School Students Ready to Play

  1. Updates

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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A boy and girl holding basketballs on a playground.
A boy and girl holding basketballs on a playground.

November 16, 2022

2021-22 Annual Report ›

We are excited to share with you a look back at everything we accomplished in the 2021-2022 program year. It was a year focused on rebuilding after the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are proud to share that we served 41,200 students in the Northern California Region.  We are thankful for your continued…

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…

April 5, 2022

Golden State Warriors Community Foundation & Salesforce partner with Playworks ›

Check out this inspiring video showcasing Playworks Northern California’s continued partnership with the Warriors Community Foundation and Salesforce during the 2021-22 school year. Playworks has delivered safe and healthy play to over 30,000 elementary school children of promise in Northern California this year. We are grateful for their support of this important work!