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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Meet Our People


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Kalie headshot

August 1, 2022

Kalie Lamb ›

Kalie “Coach Lamb” joined the Playworks team in 2016 as an AmeriCorps Program Coordinator serving her first two years at both Kennedy and Lincoln Elementary in Santa Ana Unified School…

Glendy Playworker
Glendy Playworker

November 6, 2023

Glendy Ibarra ›

Glendy “Coach Coco” first came to Playworks as an AmeriCorps Coach in 2019 and served two years at Santa Ana elementary schools. As a coach, she quickly realized her love…

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Headshot photo

September 22, 2017

Luciano Mondolo ›

Luciano is in his tenth year with Playworks currently serving as the Associate Director of Southern California, Program spearheading school partnerships and program quality in Southern California. He previously served…

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