October 2, 2017

Alumni Spotlight: Odiaka Gonzalez ›

Raised in Atlanta, GA, Odiaka Gonzalez graduated from Morehouse College with a BA in Psychology.  Prior  to serving as the executive director of Oakland Leaf, a nonprofit that utilizes creative education to develop young leaders to become agents of change in their community, Odiaka was a program manager at Playworks East Bay. A husband, father,…

October 2, 2017

From the Playground to USC ›

After graduating from college, McKenna Griffith was searching for an opportunity where she could make an impact on students’ lives. She was interested in youth development and wanted to hone her skills by earning a master’s in social work, but McKenna knew that she needed more experience to successfully transition into a graduate program. When…

September 25, 2017

More Play, Fewer Suspensions ›

“It was chaos. A lot of kids would get in trouble or get hurt,” said Assistant Principal Peter Wilson, remembering what recess used to be like at Burbank Elementary in Hayward, California. With about 300 kids out on the pavement playground at a time, his school recess had been challenging. “We have this blue game…

August 10, 2017

Want to Change the Classroom? Start at Recess ›

Done right, recess improves classtime. "Our teachers get back so many hours of instruction time because they do not have to interrupt the lesson to deal with student behavior.

July 27, 2017

Why Kids Like Clinton Need Mentors ›

Last year I had a student, Clinton, who was pretty challenging. He was constantly being put on the fence by his teachers because of something he did in class or at lunch. He could be disrespectful to other kids, didn’t want to participate in games and was hard to get through to. He had some…

April 14, 2017

Steph Curry Plays Rock, Paper, Scissors with James Corden ›

Watch Steph Curry play a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors with James Corden on The Late LateShow. Looks like Steph learned a thing or two from the kids at Playworks! Playworks students use Rock, Paper, Scissors to resolve conflict on the playground. Steph Curry visited a Playworks school in Oakland last year as part of the Get Fit…

October 26, 2016

Building Civil Society in the Jungle ›

Have you ever wondered how the world would be different if every kid had the opportunity to play—every day? We asked how you are leveraging the power of play to create a healthy civil society. This is the first response we got. Absolutely perfect! Reserva Los Coyotes in Costa Rica is teaching scientific inquiry and…

October 24, 2016

From Playworks to TFA ›

After graduating from Kalamazoo College, Imani Sims knew she wanted to become a leader in her home city of Detroit. She was inspired by the Playworks mission and, in 2014, became a Playworks Coach in a Detroit school. Her passion for service work only grew, and she chose to continue her impact in Detroit Public…

October 12, 2016

Bringing out the Best: Mindful Life Project ›

JG Larochette came to work for Playworks during its Sports4Kids days and ultimately went on to become a teacher, starting as a sub at the Richmond, CA elementary school where he had been a Playworks coach. Although he was passionate about supporting students, JG noticed that as his work shifted away from the daily opportunities…