Transformation: A Road to Confidence

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Martha is an energetic fifth grader with a contagious smile and a love for play.  At most recesses you will find her dribbling a basketball and honing her defensive skills trying to keep the ball away from the Playworks coach at her school!

Last year she participated in Playworks’ co-ed Volleyball league and explained that the experience, “encouraged me to do my best work,” and further described it as a “good opportunity for me to exercise.”  Marta’s experience on the volleyball team also helped her build confidence. “Even though I’m really shy, when I’m with the team I feel encouraged!” she describes.  Martha brings this new found leadership to the playground everyday where she helps organize games on the playground and encourages her friends and peers.

Marta’s love for play and constant smile make the playground a welcoming place for all students and her enthusiasm for Playworks’ programs is contagious.  We’ll see you on the court for the Playworks’ girls basketball league in the Spring!

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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…

March 30, 2022

Playworks Celebrates Women’s History Month ›

Playworks Southern California celebrates Women Leaders who have contributed to the Power of 25 years of Play. During this month, meet remarkable female leaders who strive to ensure that every student on the playground feels valued and heard. Throughout Southern California, these women have contributed to empowering students, especially young girls, to get in the…

Group of children
Group of children

January 18, 2022

Playworks Receives Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Grant ›

DAVE ROBERTS CONGRATULATES PLAYWORKS AS A FOURTH QUARTER DODGERS FOUNDATION GRANTEES  Playworks Southern California was among 11 Los Angeles nonprofit organizations that received a video message from Dave Roberts, Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager, congratulating them on receiving grant funds from the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF). Today 11 LA nonprofit organizations received this video…