Updates

October 17, 2019

Playworks AmeriCorps Coach of the Month: Coach Poe ›

Coach Poe is serving her first year as an AmeriCorps member at Whittier Elementary School in the Salt Lake District. Coach Poe loves helping kids have the best possible day at school by forging a relationship with each and every student, making them feel safe and included, and being an all around blast to play…

September 25, 2019

Playworks AmeriCorps Coach of the Month: Coach Colin ›

Coach Colin is serving his first year as an AmeriCorps member at Roosevelt Elementary in the Granite School District. Colin is passionate about play and helping the students at Roosevelt have a better experience at school. Colin brings his positive energy to school every day and we can’t wait to see the impact he makes…

Safe and Healthy Recess at a Playworks school
Safe and Healthy Recess at a Playworks school

September 23, 2019

It’s Recess Checkup Week ›

It can be hard to understand the impact that your play space has on your school’s culture and your students’ experience, and while there are a lot of solutions worth trying, it’s tough to know what’s working and what’s not. Recess Lab is designed to help more principals, teachers, and students discover the power of…

September 17, 2019

Playworks Junior Coach Program named in DOJ’s ‘Promising Program’ ›

Recently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) reviewed evidence of the Playworks Coach program and found that the program met the criteria for a Promising Program intended to improve school attendance.  The DOJ invests in reviewing research that shows programs positively impact attendance because higher rates of kids attending school “prevents or reduce crime, delinquency, or…

August 7, 2019

Chris Conard Named Ernst & Young’s 2019 Social Entrepreneur of the Year ›

Our Executive Director, Chris Conard, was named Ernst & Young’s 2019 Social Entrepreneur of the Year, and we could not be more proud! Chris was recognized for his commitment to ensuring every kid throughout the state has access to safe and healthy play at their schools. He empowers his staff to innovate around services and…

March 22, 2019

Playworks Earned a 2019 Gold Seal of Transparency ›

Playworks just earned a 2019 Gold Seal by adding information to our Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar. Now our community members as well as 10+ million GuideStar users can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress. We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in the world. Plus, we’ve provided fresh…

February 7, 2019

Playworks AmeriCorps Coach of the Month: Coach Ashley ›

Coach Ashley is serving her first year as an AmeriCorps member at Parkside Elementary in the Murray School District. This year she has focused on building meaningful relationships with both the students and staff and is helping ensure student success by creating a positive and inclusive environment throughout the entire school. We’re so grateful for…

January 2, 2019

Playworks Named 2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit ›

Playworks is proud to receive the 2018 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. “Playworks is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits. “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but the tremendous support…

December 12, 2018

November Playworks AmeriCorps Coach of the Month: Coach Heath ›

Coach Heath is serving his third year as a Playworks AmeriCorps Coach at North Star Elementary School. He’s spreading high-fives and good vibes far and wide on the playground! We are constantly impressed by his passion, dedication, and amazing attitude, and we’re so grateful that he serves as one of our coaches. Learn more about…