Never Elsewhere is proud to announce our Community Spotlight of the Month: Playworks!
If you don’t already know, Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s social and emotional health. Playworks is changing school culture by leveraging the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at school every day to a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills. Since 1996, Playworks has worked hard to spread their positive message, focusing particularly on low-income students in urban areas.
Countless teachers and principals from all over the country report tremendous improvements in their students’ behavior, focus, and academic engagement after partnering with Playworks. Playworks currently serves more than 900 schools in 23 U.S. cities, and reaches more than half of a million students directly and through professional training services.
How it works: Playworks partners with schools, districts, and after-school programs to provide a service or mix of services including on-site coaches, professional training for school staff who support recess, and consultative partnerships. Their program is especially impactful on low-income schools, many of which cannot afford to hire recess and afterschool staff (which means that without the support of Playworks, children would not be able to experience recess at all). By implementing the Playworks model, more schools are able to provide a safe space in which children can play, exercise, and live a healthier life.
Due to their awesome goals and great success over the years, we at Never Elsewhere are donating 10% of online proceeds this month to Playworks. This is our way of honoring their hard work and dedication to the community that they have demonstrated for so long.
For more information on Playworks, visit playworks.org.