Bringing Playworks to the Streets

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It is often said that a Playworks Coach's real office is the playground. On Sunday, September 11th, twelve coaches created a new, temporary office right in the middle of Western Addition, as part of the larger event series – Sunday Streets. Sunday Streets is an event during which a large, temporary public space is created by closing off stretches of neighborhood streets to automotive traffic, opening them up to pedestrians, bicyclists, and activities for several hours on predetermined Sundays. This month, Sunday Streets experienced a Playworks-style play explosion. Coaches were all over the place, running a wide variety of different games, including four square and cookie monster. Children weren't the only ones enjoying themselves, as even a few adults joined in on the fun, playing games they hadn't had the opportunity to practice in years.

Sunday Streets is the kind of community building event that makes the Playworks vision a reality. Each person affected by what they experienced at Sunday Streets is more likely to go home and remember the games they played. Each person is more likely to remember how playing these games made them feel. Who knows? Maybe these persons will be more likely to spend an evening playing games with family and neighbors, strengthening their community with a little help from Playworks.

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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!