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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July 29, 2022

Kay Mwakyona ›

Kay aka Coach Dream is going into her 2nd year with Playworks as a Site Coordinator after serving her first year as an AmeriCorps Coach at 95th Street Elementary. Originally from Chicago, Kay brings her experience working in non-profit spaces…

Jerson Lim
Jerson Lim

September 13, 2022

Jerson Lim ›

Jerson, “Coach Corn” rejoins Playworks as a Site Specialist. Prior to Playworks, he was a Site Coordinator for Creative Brain Learning’s after-school program. Working with kids and being a positive role model for students during recess continues to be a…

Ashlee J
Ashlee J

September 29, 2022

Ashlee Johnson ›

Ashlee joins Playworks bringing her experience in her career as a semi-professional basketball player that began while growing up on the basketball courts of Los Angeles, CA. While earning her BA in Business Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce she also…

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