Updates

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…

May 24, 2016

Stepping Up for Education ›

Playworks, KGW and OnPoint Community Credit Union are Stepping up for Education in the Pacific Northwest.

April 19, 2016

Trail Blazers Surprise Junior Coaches ›

King School Junior Coaches got a special surprise from the Portland Trail Blazers for their work on the playground and commitment to show respect to their peers. Les Schwab partnered with Damian Lillard’s RESPECT program to surprise Playworks Junior Coaches with a visit from the Blazer Dancers and Stunt Team as well as tickets to…

April 19, 2016

Playworks Training Ignites Recess at Woodland School ›

Teachers from Woodland Primary School attended a two-day Playworks training to revamp recess and engage more kids on the playground. The implementation of the program resulted in even more beneficial outcomes. Students were more inclusive at recess and teachers taught kids how to resolve their own conflicts, ultimately resulting in fewer problems at the school.…

April 19, 2016

Running for the Worlds ›

Playworks was invited to celebrate and kickoff the IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships with Vin Lanana and KGW’s Drew Carney. Playworks students had a once in a lifetime opportunity at the recent IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships here in Portland, Oregon. Fifty students from across the Portland metro area got to represent…

March 3, 2016

Meet Coaches Aaron, Maria, & Savery! ›

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. Playworks started our partnership with AmeriCorps in 2004. Since then, we have received over $9 million dollars in funding support and 1,071 members have contributed almost 2 million hours of service.  …