December 26, 2013

Happier, Healthier Children ›

This letter arrive at Playworks earlier this school year: When Playworks came to our school, it changed Gabriel's world. Gabriel is my son. He's 11 years old. Since he was 5, Gabriel was picked on and bullied, because he was stout and not very athletic. He was extremely intimidated at school and especially at recess.…

November 22, 2013

Taking Care of Our Students ›

Every day educators, parents and community members go above and beyond to support our children. It is with support from these wonderful people that our kids are able to shine. Coach Ashley Engeler, Playworks AmeriCorps member in Utah, recently shared this wonderful story of her school principal's kindness below: While preparing for my first student leadership…

August 20, 2013

Deep meaning often lies in childish play ›

It was with the passion to make change in children’s lives that then 25-year-old Jonathan Reid moved 3,000 miles away to Los Angeles for his first cross country experience. After his interview with the Playworks in Southern California, Jonathan was ready to join a team and a cause he believed in. “It’s all about having…

July 25, 2013

2013 Most Playful CEO Trip Hawkins ›

If You Can company's Trip Hawkins is the 2013 Playworks Most Playful CEO. As former CEO and Founder of the large gaming company Electronics Arts, Hawkins knows a lot about how play makes happy, creative and productive employees. In Trip Hawkins words, “The way you learn is through play”. And Trip practices just this. As…

July 2, 2013

Chicago Principal Values Play and Community ›

Principal Adam Parrott-Sheffer (Mr. P) of Mary Gage Peterson Elementary in Chicago Public Schools embodies the Playworks core value of healthy community. “We have a mechanism that families care about to be a part of this school. This is our space. This [school] is a beacon in our community,” Mr. P shares. At Peterson Elementary,…

June 12, 2013

Honoring a Great Youth Development Worker ›

Every year at Playworks, we honor a first year Playworks program coordinator who is doing great work leading play and physical activity in their school. This person takes their service seriously, going above and beyond the regular call of duty to provide a great place to play for every child (and adult) in their school…

January 17, 2013

Parents Improve School Play Space ›

Both as a mother and former pediatric nurse, I see kids today spending less and less time just playing! Kids’ play should entail running, skipping, jumping and hopping, using their imagination in outdoor fun, getting their feet moving and hearts pumping and games that keep their mind active. It seems to me that every parent…

December 3, 2012

City Kids get to Camp ›

As a child, I lived for the two months each year I spent at a sleepaway sports camp in the Catskill Mountains. I loved everything about camp: the people from all over the world, the sports instruction by college coaches and professional athletes, and the independence of living away from home for the summer. In…

November 27, 2012

Bringing Play to Refugee Children ›

Two months after finishing my AmeriCorps service with Playworks, I moved to Egypt. I have gotten my Masters of Art in International Human Rights Law and am working as a Lawyer and English teacher for refugee children in Cairo.     I was distraught by how the low quality and rare access to play in…