Office Address: 610 N Water Street, Suite 310
Contact: Katie Davis, Program Associate, 414-220-4301, firstname.lastname@example.org
By Car: Head west down Wisconsin Ave. Turn right at North Water street. Building will be on the left. Estimated time- 7 minutes.
By Bus: Take number 14, 30, or 10 bus east. Disembark at Water or Broadway. Walk one block south on Water.
Description of Agency: Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that transforms schools by providing play and physical activity at recess and throughout the school day. Through our on-site direct service, Playworks restores valuable teaching time, reduces bullying, increases physical activity and improves the school and learning environment. Playworks teaches children to resolve their own conflicts that arise at recess and carry over to the classroom, improving school climate both on and off the playground. We help transform recess into a safe, fun and inclusive time that gets students active and engaged so they can return to the classroom focused and ready to learn.
Student Role in Agency: Students will assist the Playworks Program Coordinator (Coach) at an elementary school in creating a safe and inclusive playground and be a significant presence by organizing and playing games with 20+ kids. Students will encourage safe, healthy play and positive conflict resolution through role modeling and active participation. Students must love to play games and lead activities with kids and have the ability to model positive behavior. In addition, students will actively engage a diverse range of students in respectful and inclusive healthy play as they build rapport, trust and respect with students. There will also be opportunities to serve at Playworks special events on weeknights for additional service learning.
Commitment: 2 hours at one school per week for the duration of the semester (starting week of September 22nd and ending week of December 1st). All service learners must complete online volunteer application prior to orientation.
Limit: 15 students (5 at each school listed below)
School Service Sites
Brown Street Academy, 2029 N 20th Street
Recess Time: 10:15am to 12:15pm (tentative, subject to change slightly)
Available days: M-F
Transportation: BUS--Take 23 Bus towards Calumet/Granville - Via Fond Du Lac-National at Wisconsin and N14th Street. Exit at Fond Du Lac and N19th Street. Walk to 20th Street and go South. (15min) CAR--Drive North on 17th Street. Turn left on W Walnut Street. Turn right on 20th Street. (8min)
Siefert Elementary, 1547 N 14th Street
Recess Time: 11:00am to 12:30pm (tentative, subject to change slightly)
Available days: M-F
Transportation: BUS--Take 23 Bus towards Calumet/Granville - Via Fond Du Lac-Nation at Wisconsin and N14th Street. Exit at N17th and Walnut. Walk south on 17th street. Turn left on Galena street. (13min) OR Take 12 Bus towards 92ND-Hampton at Wisconsin and N12th Street. Exit at N12 and Cherry. Walk West on Cherry and turn right on 14th street. (13min) CAR--Drive North on 14th Street for about 5 minutes.
Allen-Field Elementary School, 730 W Lapham Blvd
Recess Time: 11:30am to 1:40pm (tentative)
Available days: M-F
Transportation: BUS--Take 80 Bus towards Layton at Wisconsin and N6th Street. Exit at S6th and Lapham Blvd (22min) OR Take 14 Bus towards Southridge at Wisconsin and N14th Street. Exit at Chavez and Lapham. Walk .6 miles east on Lapham (23min) OR Take 23 Bus towards Greenfield/68th - Via Fond Du Lac-National at Wisconsin and N14th. Exit at National and S9th. Walk south on 9th Street and turn left on Lapham (32min) CAR--Go South on I-43. Take exit 312A toward Lapham Boulevard/Mitchell St. Merge onto S 5th St. Turn right onto W Lapham Blvd (7min)
Date: Wednesday, September 18th
Time: 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Location: Brown Street Academy or Siefert Elementary (TBD)
Dress: Athletic clothing for playing