August 8, 2016

The Ultimate Playlist: 50 Reasons to Believe in the Power of Play ›

Do you believe in the power of play? When it comes to a child's physical, emotional, and cognitive growth, nothing is more enriching and empowering than playtime. The magic of play can unfold anywhere as long as children have the freedom to unleash their imaginations – on the playground, deep in the woods, nestled in…

June 27, 2016

2015-16 Playworks Southern California AmeriCorps Graduation ›

The 2015-16 SoCal AmeriCorps Graduation was held at the StubHub Center Stadium Club in Carson, CA on June 10, 2016. This off-site venue provided an excellent opportunity for the AmeriCorps members to reflect on their accomplishments in an environment reflective of their active lifestyles.   The day began with Americorps members arriving at the StubHub Center…

June 23, 2016

Fitness With A Spark ›

Playworks has teamed up with New Balance to offer the SparkStart Fitness Challenge across the nation. See how New Balance, MLB athletes, and Playworks are getting kids in the game! Learn more here.

June 9, 2016

From Outbursts to Emotional Awareness ›

  Coach Boh, the Playworks Coach at Diamond Elementary in Santa Ana, shared this story of transformation: Silviano (name changed for privacy) was one of my junior coaches that struggled with controlling his anger. He was known for having a “short fuse.” Silvi would constantly find reasons to get into arguments. I noticed that Silvi was very engaged in…

May 11, 2016

Playworks Southern California AmeriCorps Coach, DeMar George selected for 2016 National Rookie of the Year Award Winner ›

Playworks Announces Local AmeriCorps Member as National 2016 Rookie of the Year Award Winner Carson, CA—May 10, 2016—Playworks announced today that DeMar George, Playworks AmeriCorps Coach of Playworks Southern California at Kennedy Elementary School in Santa Ana, CA, has been selected as the recipient for the 2016 Rookie of the Year Award for exemplifying service…

April 10, 2016

Playworks Southern California AmeriCorps Music Video ›

Playworks AmeriCorps Coaches do their strong clap for service Watch this video written, produced by, and starring our Playworks Southern California AmeriCorps Coaches to celebrate AmeriCorps Week. Coaches answer the call to serve those in need and help our community. Our AmeriCorps members commit to serving 1700 hours in one school year, and have fun on…

March 29, 2016

DPR MicroVention Project Crew, Playworks Team up to Help Local School ›

The construction team at DPR’s MicroVention project site in Alisa Viejo, CA, partnered with youth in Playworks’ junior leadership program to transform a 12 x 12 foot barren dirt lot on the school grounds into a colorful space for gardening and creativity. Click here to read more.

March 17, 2016

Los Angeles Lakers 2016 Fit For Life Health Fair ›

I am most excited about meeting the Laker player and Laker Girls! This is like recess at my school because we ro-sham-bo for fairness. –​Kayla Ingram, Westport Heights, 4th Grade I am excited about moving and having fun! We all play games as groups and as friends. –​Idaiyah Austin, Warren Lane Elementary, 6th Grade Hundreds…

March 7, 2016

Playworks Southern California is Celebrating AmeriCorps Week ›

A healthy community is imperative for a program like Playworks to flourish at any school. The bonds that we make with the children through the course of the year are inevitable; it is the bonds with our staff on campus that can sometimes be the hardest to establish. One teacher at my school resisted Playworks from the…