About Playworks New England

All kids deserve the social, emotional, and physical benefits of play. We help schools and youth programs create healthy play environments where every child can join in.

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Meet Playworks New England


Founded in 1996, Playworks expanded to New England in 2006. Playworks New England serves low-income schools across the Boston, Lawrence, Salem, and Somerville area through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across New England through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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September 22, 2017

Jon Gay ›

Jonathan Gay has worked with Playworks since 2006 and is continually inspired by the power of play in education. Beginning as a program coordinator at an elementary school in East Boston, he has grown within the organization serving in such…

September 22, 2017

Akeem Flowers ›

Akeem joined Playworks in 2012 as a Playworks AmeriCorps coach and spent his first two years at Joseph Lee Elementary School. In 2014, Akeem launched programming at Mattahunt Elementary School. Born in Belize, but raised in Las Vegas, Akeem is…

September 22, 2017

Karleen Herbst ›

Karleen Herbst is entering her fourth year with Playworks Massachusetts. She began her career as the Program Associate, transitioned into the Development Associate, and is now serving as the Development Manager. Growing up actively involved in sports, Karleen is aware of the…

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