How a Nonprofit Gets Kids Moving, Learning, and Leading

It’s always great when you can support a nonprofit organization that you firmly believe in. Usually when you pledge support, you know your money is going to a great cause, but you don’t always get to hear the amazing stories that come from your gift. Luckily, our friends at Playworks were willing to share a truly inspiring tale about the work they’re doing in Portland, OR.

Playworks is a nonprofit that encourages learning by providing physical activity, games, and play to children in public schools. To pull it all off, they have program coordinators that serve as game coaches and role models for elementary school students. These coordinators play thousands of games with students, and over time they’ve transformed several schools that were once full of behavior issues and bullying into places where active learning thrives. To ensure that the positive environment is sustainable, Playworks also runs a leadership development program for 4th and 5th graders called the “Junior Coach” program. These junior coaches serve as leaders amongst their peers, and help to lead games, encourage other students, and serve as a lasting ambassador when the program coordinators aren’t present. By getting the children involved, it builds stronger peer communities, and it leaves a lasting result of the work Playworks does in the school.

To give a first-hand tale, one of their program coordinators, Coach Ruby, told a story about one of her Junior Coaches, Chloe:

“Chloe was a reserved student, but behind her shy exterior was something incredible. She was an outstanding leader, with infectious positivity. I remember during a kickball game Chloe noticed a peer having a terrible time. Like a pro, Chloe consoled him, told him how great he was doing and turned his attitude around. Chloe’s greatest asset as a Junior Coach is her selflessness for others. She is a role model and a catalyst for positive change.

Junior Coach Chloe graduated to middle school this year but we know she has learned valuable skills and will continue to inspire those around her. She will continue to be an outstanding leader for her community and serve as an Ambassador of Play.”

We’re couldn’t be happier to support folks like Ruby, Chloe, and the great people at Playworks. We love your vision, and can’t wait to see what you have in store for the future. Thank you for the work you’ve done in our community!

To learn more about Playworks, check out their website.

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