Meet Encore Fellow: Melani Smith

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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.

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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…

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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…

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November 19, 2021

AAA’s Creating Safe Spaces Guide and Lesson Plan ›

In partnership with AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah School Safety Patrol program, we’re proud to share teacher-led and student self-guided digital educational resources for Creating Safe Spaces – an interactive guide for students on how to have courageous conversations. AAA Creating Safe Spaces Overview This lesson is all about students being leaders in creating safe spaces…