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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Meet Playworks Illinois

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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Our Mission

Playworks’ mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.

Our Vision

Playworks’ vision is that one day every child in America will have access to safe, fun, healthy play every day.

Our Core Values

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Meet Our People

October 11, 2023

Micheal Trzos ›

Micheal is so excited to return to Playworks as the Regional Partnerships Manager for the Illinois region. He has formerly served as a Site Coordinator, coaching seven schools over the…

August 29, 2023

Abigail Sieman ›

Abbey joined the Playworks Indiana team in September of 2021 after graduating from Indiana University with a degree in Political Science and International Studies. It was at IU she found…

June 12, 2023

Gabi Mehta ›

Born in the Bay Area and raised in Chicago, Gabriella has spent over 10 years working with youth in varying capacities. Before coming to Playworks she spent time working outside…

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