Lakers Youth Foundation YOU GRANT: January 2013
Congratulations to our January 2013 Lakers Youth Foundation YOU Grant winner... Playworks of Southern California. Please read below about the great project they will be continuing with the $5,000 YOU Grant.
The Lakers Youth Foundation will be hosting one more YOU Grant this season, check back for details.
Playworks of Southern California
Mission: To improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, and meaningful play.
Playworks places full-time, caring adult coaches in schools in underserved communities who turn the playground into a virtual classroom where students learn essential life skills. A grant of $5000 will enable Playworks to provide over 300 4th and 5th grade students in the Junior Coach program the opportunity to develop leadership and conflict resolution skills. This peer leadership program, improves kids’ self-esteem, communication skills and motivation to do well in school.
Playworks creates an educational and social environment where students learn how to interact with their peers in appropriate and respectful ways, practice safe and healthy behaviors, take on meaningful leadership roles on the playground which translate into the classroom, and make positive contributions to the broader school community.