We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Playworks AmeriCorps to the community of national service and AmeriCorps programs switching to the Impact Suite to handle — with breezy, calm-filled ease — AmeriCorps compliance activities like timesheets and AmeriCorps member files.
Playworks is a national nonprofit respected for its evidence-informed services and strategic approach to scale. The organization is currently scaling with the goal of helping 3.5 million students in 7,000 schools experience safe and healthy play every day.
Playworks AmeriCorps Coaches serve for a school year at an elementary school providing essential opportunities for children to explore their imaginations, connect with other kids, and stretch and grow. Through service, Playworks AmeriCorps members create a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills by organizing games during and after school. There are three pillars in the structure of Playworks’ AmeriCorps program: Transforming School Communities, Inspiring Youth Leaders, and Engaging Communities.
Transforming School Communities: AmeriCorps coaches create safe, healthy, and inclusive playgrounds in low-income elementary schools across the country. Through play, coaches inspire kids to become their best selves and help foster a school environment where students can make the most out of every learning opportunity.
Inspiring Youth Leaders: AmeriCorps coaches empower fourth- and fifth-graders to take on leadership roles and improve their school community. Coaches help students work together to learn recess games and practice fair play and conflict resolution. These young leaders then teach these skills to their classmates.
Engaging Communities: AmeriCorps coaches’ impact doesn’t stop on the playground. Coaches bring students, parents, teachers, and school administrators together by facilitating after-school sports leagues and community engagement activities.