play / 2016

WOW on Wheels: Creating New Paradigms Through Intergenerational EDUPlay

WOW on Wheels: Creating New Paradigms Through Intergenerational EDUPlay

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge by WOW Imagined, Inc.

Using an EDUPlay Paradigm to Honor Elders, Ancient Wisdom & Children of Exceptional Abilities through community-wide mobile enrichment programming


Are any other organizations collaborating on this proposal?

InspiredParenting.com, Legacy Wisdom School- TCG Consulting, Transformation Family Services, Reciprocal Mentoring, WOW Learning Center - Youth Advisory Council, UCLA

Please describe your project proposal.

An educational, nature-based, play-centered pilot project on wheels involving elders, indigenous wisdom and children of various abilities using a curriculum and mentoring model that focuses on youth being able to develop better relationships with themselves and their world and to create a new story for their future.

Which of the play metrics will your proposal impact?​

  • Access to open space and park facilities
  • Number (and quality) of informal spaces for play
  • Number of children enrolled in afterschool programs
  • Number of parks with intergenerational play opportunities
  • Number of residents with easy access to a “vibrant” park
  • Per capita crime rates

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • Central LA
  • East LA
  • San Gabriel Valley
  • San Fernando Valley
  • South LA
  • Westside
  • South Bay
  • Gateway Cities
  • Antelope Valley
  • County of Los Angeles
  • City of Los Angeles
  • LAUSD

Describe in greater detail how your proposal will make LA the best place to play?

WOW (World of Wonder) on wheels will give greater access to open space and park facilities by offering after school programs for multi-age children of all social and emotional abilities and seniors. WOW on Wheels offers an opportunity for communities to engage in a play-based curriculum and mentoring program in natural surroundings within community park spaces. On-lookers, residents and dog-walkers in park spaces are encouraged to participate through video interview segments, facebook live commentary and unique interactive team-building & play elements. Because of it’s mobile nature, WOW on Wheels will turn green neighborhood zones all-around-the-town into informal play spaces. These pop-up play and frolic experiences will be announced via social media, building e-communities and a WOW factor of ‘where will they pop-up next?’ Communities can vote to have their park be the next stop on the vibrant and inclusive WOW on wheels tour, with multi-age volunteers, memory-making and elder wisdom sharing at each and every stop.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.​

Pre-and post tests, creative portfolio assessment

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money
  • Volunteers
  • Publicity/awareness
  • Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles etc.)
  • Technical infrastructure (computers etc.)
  • Community outreach