About Playworks Northern California

All kids deserve the social, emotional, and physical benefits of play. We help schools and youth programs create healthy play environments where every child can join in.

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Meet Playworks Northern California

Founded in 1996, Playworks expanded to Northern California in 2012. Playworks Northern California serves low-income schools across the San Francisco Bay Area through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across Northern California through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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June 3, 2019

Ben Neveras ›

Ben has worked in youth development and nonprofit leadership for over ten years. An alum of San Jose Unified Schools, Ben returned to the district in 2010 as a Playworks AmeriCorps member at Lowell Elementary. After two years serving the…

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April 13, 2021

José Ruiz II ›

José joins Playworks with an extensive background in youth development and empowerment. While at San José State, he helped start a student organization that aims to mentor elementary school youth and motivate them to seek and value higher education. As a Youth Development…

July 7, 2021

Roderick Burnley ›

Roderick Burnley joined Playworks in 2015. As senior operations manager for Playworks California, he manages the administrative and capacity building functions and develops collaborative partnerships with educational institutions, not-for-profit organizations and private businesses to scale Playworks’ social impact. Roderick has…

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