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April 24, 2017

Playworks Southern California Junior Coach Impact Report April 2017 ›

Playworks Southern California is pleased to present this impact report highlighting our Junior Coach Leadership Program during the 2015-16 school year. The Playworks Junior Coach Leadership Program impacts young leaders, and through them, the world. More than 1,000 fourth- and fifth-grade students participate in the Junior Coach Leadership Program. Junior Coaches become agents of real…

April 24, 2017

Playworks SoCal Celebrates National Volunteer Week 2017 ›

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, Playworks Southern California would like to thank all of our volunteer groups and individuals who give their time and talent to ensure that every kid has a place on the playground. Laura Rickert began her full-time spring internship in January. She was eager to serve on any project in…

March 23, 2017

‘Who’s Ready to Play with the Lakers?’ 2017 Fit for Life Health Fair ›

It was a beautiful day for our Junior Coaches and players from Playworks’ developmental sports leagues to meet Los Angeles Lakers Tyler Ennis, David Nwaba, Metta World Peace, Thomas Robinson, and the Laker Girls. On March 23rd, the City of Hope presented Lakers Fit for Life Health Fair at Campus El Segundo Athletic Field. Nearly…

March 4, 2017

Celebrating AmeriCorps Week 2017 ›

During AmeriCorps Week, we like to acknowledge and thank our members who are doing incredible things in our communities. Monica “Coach M” Martinez is one of our coaches making a big impact. As an AmeriCorps member and Playworks coach serving her second term at Dolland Elementary in Norwalk, California (the elementary school that she actually…

February 28, 2017

Playworks Junior Lakers Take the Court at the Staples Center ›

On February 28th, the Junior Lakers from Eastman, 107th, Garfield, and Gardenhill Elementary had the opportunity to practice on the Los Angeles Lakers basketball court at the Staples Center. They got to practice dribbling and shooting while playing various games on either Team Purple or Team Yellow. To add a special bonus for the Junior…

February 22, 2017

Olympic-Sized Junior Coach Retreat for Santa Ana ›

  On February 22, 2017, over 160 Junior Coaches in 11 Santa Ana Unified Playworks partner schools came together at the Long Beach City College for their Leadership Retreat. The olympic theme gave the Junior Coaches a chance to earn their rings in leadership, inclusion, respect, teamwork, and empowerment at each game station they participated…

February 16, 2017

Jared Blank Joins Team Playworks for the 2017 LA Marathon ›

Los Angeles, CA—On March 19, 2017— Team Playworks will be an official charity for the 2017 LA Marathon, running to transform the social and emotional health of every kid through recess and play. The LA Marathon is an important opportunity to increase awareness and raise funds for Playworks. This year is also unique in that Playworks Southern…

February 16, 2017

Meet Encore Fellow: Melani Smith ›

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-term—whatever role Playworks plays on…

January 27, 2017

Homerun at Crenshaw High with the LA Dodgers ›

As part of the week-long “Dodgers Love L.A.” community tour, the Los Angeles Dodgers stopped at Crenshaw High School to engage with the softball, baseball, and cheer teams as well as to recognize select students that have made significant improvements in behavioral, attendance, and academic performance. The players included Rich Hill, Scott Van Slyke, Austin…