Meet Encore Fellow: Melani Smith

  1. Updates

Melani Smith, Playworks’ Encore Gen2Gen Fellow, has pledged to serve 1,000 hours with the Southern California team over the course of this year. Currently, Melani is studying the role that school recess staff plays in the Playworks’ school partnership model, and how the role can be supported and strengthened in the long-termwhatever role Playworks plays on the campus. When she’s not at Playworks, she enjoys teaching, gardening, and experiencing all that Los Angeles has to offer.

Read the SVP Los Angeles article to learn more about Melani Smith.

More Updates


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,…

December 15, 2020

Top 6 Games to Play Virtually ›

Many educators have risen to the challenge of transitioning their lessons to accommodate virtual education, and Playworks has been helping educators ensure play remains in every child’s day, even online. Kids prioritize play, and with our support educators are leveraging play when teaching virtually in order to keep kids engaged, active, and to build community.…