Playworks is a social enterprise that seeks to leverage the time schools spend on recess and turn it into fun and active learning. In many cases, the arts are integral in Playworks’ strategy to get everyone included and participating together.
In reality, we know recess can turn even the nicest of kids into little monsters, and behavior problems are particularly acute in poorer school districts. Playworks remakes play time in 318 elementary schools by providing them with a full-time “coach” who organizes games and other structured activities during recess and afterschool programs. The schools pay $25,500 for each coach, many of whom are members of the AmeriCorps federal service program. Nearly 130,000 kids have access to a Playworks coach.
Managing partnerships and working within the current infrastructure of schools seems to be a huge success factor for this startup social enterprise.