Junior Coach Leadership Conference 2016

  1. Updates

This year more than 200 fourth and fifth graders across Philadelphia participated in Playworks' Junior Coach program.

Our Junior Coaches train four days a week after school on topics such as conflict resolution, leading recess games, and public speaking. They receive homework help and participate in literacy projects and social/cognitive skills building. Junior Coaches play a leadership role in creating a safe and inclusive recess and learning environment in their schools. They practice their leadership skills first hand on the playground with their peers in K-3rd grade every week.

Our program ends with a celebratory and educational Junior Coach Leadership Conference at the end of the school year. This year's conference was held at Temple University in Philadelphia, with a keynote by Temple University's Head Football Coach Matt Rhule.

Through participating in the Junior Coach program, students develop the academic, social, and leadership skills needed to stay on a pathway to life-long success.

For photos, like our Facebook page.

More Updates


August 24, 2021

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet Publishes ‘Why Play Works’ ›

Play brings out the best in every kid. Over the course of 25 years since Jill Vialet founded Playworks, she and her colleagues, as well as researchers and play experts, have demonstrated precisely how and why play works to help kids learn and grow in the most positive and healthy ways. Jill gathered stories from people…

March 25, 2021

Top 6 Games to Play Physically Distant with No Equipment ›

As more and more schools transition back to in-person learning, we know educators are looking for games that are physically-distant and don’t require equipment. The need for play is more important than ever due to the isolation that our kids have endured during COVID-19. Play encourages creativity, flexibility, teamwork, and other critical social skills. We’ve…

March 12, 2021

Playworks: One Year Later ›

One year ago… All of our partner schools closed their buildings and our work serving kids in schools risked coming to a halt. We knew our mission had to continue. We remained committed to providing opportunities for joy and connection through play for kids in a COVID safe way, regardless if their school was virtual,…