August 1, 2012

Playworks’ Coach awarded California’s AmeriCorps Volunteer of the Year ›

Playworks Southern California is excited to announce Coach Luciano Mondolo has been awarded California’s AmeriCorps Volunteer of the Year at the 2012 Governor’s Volunteer and Service Awards! This was Coach Mondolo’s first year as an AmeriCorps Program Coordinator, but even as a rookie he rocked it his first year! We couldn’t agree more that Luciano…

June 14, 2012

Brad Jamison’s 30 Days of Service ›

It's a lot of work to play all day, and Brad Jamison, former VP of Corporate Initiatives at Disney/ABC Television Group, learned that first hand. On day 25 of his 30 Days of Service, he volunteered with Playworks at Bennett-Kew Elementary. Playing 4-Square for the first time ever, assisting Coach Green with class game times…

May 2, 2012

Reduce Bullying ›

Studio 11 LA Fox News showcased Playworks and its effectiveness in reducing bullying. Executive Director, Darlene Kiyan, discussed Playworks’ methods in modeling leadership, “Most anti-bullying programs teach kids what not to do, what our program does is teach kids what to do”. To watch the interview click Fox 11.

April 12, 2012

Playworks Los Angeles #33 Best Nonprofit to Work For in 2012 ›

Darlene Kiyan, executive director of Playworks Los Angeles, believes she knows what doesn’t attract would-be employees. “They don’t come here for the pay or the benefits,” said Kiyan, whose organization was number 14 in the Small Organizations category and 33 overall in The NonProfit Times’ 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For in 2012. It’s all…

April 11, 2012

Junior Coach Leaders Take Over South Coast City Soccer ›

It was the biggest event thus far for Playworks Southern California! It’s our annual Junior Coach Conference. Four hundred fifth grade leaders united at South Coast City Soccer, in which we honored their commitment to being a positive role model for all students at their school. The conference is a day of recess games such…

March 8, 2012

Corporate Kickball is coming ›

Get ready to get your game on and kick it around with your colleagues. Playworks brings you back to the playground and your childhood as we raise funds to enhance the lives of underprivileged children in the Greater Los Angleles area. There will be prizes for top teams and a great opportunity to have fun,…

January 11, 2012

“I’m better than you!” ›

Of all the great things Playworks has implemented into a school filled with 1200 students; one story, in particular, personifies Playworks’ mission and the reason we are increasing in size every year. At the beginning of the school year, I met a student who was competitive in every possible sport on the school yard.  Darren…

October 7, 2011

Transformation: A Road to Confidence ›

Martha is an energetic fifth grader with a contagious smile and a love for play.  At most recesses you will find her dribbling a basketball and honing her defensive skills trying to keep the ball away from the Playworks coach at her school! Last year she participated in Playworks’ co-ed Volleyball league and explained that…

October 7, 2011

“Come on Coach, Let’s play handball” ›

It was the first week of school at 6th Avenue Elementary in Los Angeles, California! The sun was beaming down on the massive schoolyard and every student from Pre-Kindergarten to fifth grade was ready to begin a new year. Even though this is the third year that the school has had Playworks, I am their…