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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September 23, 2019

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…

September 22, 2017

Debbie Serota ›

Debbie Serota has worked for Playworks since 2008, first as a program coordinator in San Francisco and then in Chicago. After three years on the playground, Debbie transitioned into the program manager role and most recently program director. Originally from…

August 5, 2019

Carly Siess ›

Carly attended Hope College, studying sociology and woman and gender studies, where she advocated for many of the unheard voices on campus. As a Inter-group Dialogue Facilitator, she fostered “brave” spaces for Hope’s diverse communities to find common ground and…

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