About Playworks Illinois

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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Founded in 1996, Playworks expanded to Illinois in 2011. Playworks Illinois serves low-income schools through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across Illinois through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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March 18, 2022

Annie Share ›

Annie graduated from Clark University in 2018 with a B.A. in Sociology and Urban Development & Social Change. She first joined the Playworks Illinois team in 2019 as an Engagement Specialist, and is thrilled to continue her Playworks journey as…

December 13, 2021

Henry Novak ›

Henry graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2015 where he studied art education. After years of working in different teaching positions, he decided to serve as an Americorps Coach with Playworks New England. After a year away…

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December 9, 2021

Christina Ukachukwu ›

Christina received a Bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry and Adolescence Studies from Judson University in 2016. Over the past few years, she has worked with youth in many capacities. She loves finding new ways to empower youth to become authors…

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