About Playworks Southern California

All kids deserve the social, emotional, and physical benefits of play. We help schools and youth programs create healthy play environments where every child can join in.

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Meet Playworks Southern California


Founded in 1996, Playworks expanded to Southern California in 2009. Playworks Southern California serves low-income schools through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across Southern California through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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September 22, 2017

LaVal Brewer ›

LaVal Brewer brings to Playworks more than three decades of experience in nonprofit management, with more than a decade of experience in executive and development roles. He recently supported the work of Southern California nonprofit and for-profit corporate employee volunteer…

September 22, 2017

Michelle Serrano ›

Michelle has a background in psychology and ethnic studies and a passion for youth development and community service. It was the ability to serve her community and make a positive impact that initially drew her to Playworks. Through the partnership…

September 22, 2017

Diane Santana ›

Diane joined the Playworks family for a full year as a volunteer in 2011. After falling in love with the mission and vision of the organization she joined the team as a full-time staff member. Diane is directly responsible for…

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