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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Meet Our People

April 6, 2022

Alexander Grassi ›

Alexander (Al) Grassi is excited to be back with Playworks in a new role in his hometown of Chicago Illinois! A product of the city’s south side, Al previously spent four transformative years with Playworks Indiana as a two term…

November 14, 2022

Aviva Abrams ›

Aviva graduated from Bradley University in 2020 with her B.S. in Elementary Education with an ESL endorsement. After working as a general education teacher for the past two years, Aviva has decided to continue making a difference through her work…

August 26, 2022

Korie Booker ›

Korie Booker was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Like many other youth services workers she took a summer job working with youth at Colin Powell Elementary in Detroit, Michigan. Little did she know that small summer job would shape her…

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