Playworks Pacific Northwest

Playworks helps kids stay active and build valuable social and emotional skills through play.

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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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March 5, 2018

The Changing Playground ›

It is raining outside, as it usually is in Oregon. Ella, a fifth grader, sits by herself against the wall at recess. She refuses to make eye contact with any of the kids running past her. She tells me she had to give a speech in class today, and it did not go well. She…

March 5, 2018

A Lasting Impact ›

This is my third year as a Playworks AmeriCorps Coach. In my first two years as a coach I worked with over 1,000 students, and this year it will be even more. Most of the schools I have served have been in the neighborhood where I grew up. My first Playworks school was one that…

December 5, 2017

Basketball Jamboree ›

On Saturday, December 2, over 120 girls played at Playworks Pacific Northwest’s Basketball Jamboree—a tournament-style all-day basketball event that gives girls who have never played basketball the opportunity to participate. Blaze from the Portland Trail Blazers stopped by to get in on the action! View more photos here  

March 1, 2017

An AmeriCorps Poem ›

A Playworks Office In a Year of Service by PacNW AmeriCorps coaches   My punch card is 100 high-fives. My dress code is muddy shoes, stretchy pants, a whistle,  a smile, and this Playworks shirt. People shout in my office & you’re encouraged to throw things. My office changes with the weather. My office supplies…

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A Better Recess

Instead of going back to class energized and ready to learn after recess, kids often return upset and unable to focus. We can change this. At a great recess:

Kids are at their best

Kids bring out the best in themselves and each other. They learn the value of fair play, compassion, and respect. They practice key social and emotional skills.

Kids become leaders

They run their own games and settle their disputes quickly (we recommend rock, paper, scissors) because getting along is more fun than fighting.

Kids choose to be active

When all students are included and all students know how to play popular games, every child has the opportunity to discover the joy of active play.

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1125 SE Madison
Suite #210
Portland, OR 97214

t: 503.928.8684
f: 503.345.6687


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