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


November 14, 2022

Adina Gray ›

Adina Gray was born in Southern California and grew up in Omaha Nebraska. In high school she became interested in art in her community and helped form a summer art program for kids at a local community center. It was…

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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…

December 15, 2021

Charmee Jones ›

Charmee was born and grew up on the naval base in Bethesda, Maryland. Her family came to Chicago when she was 13. Growing up, Charmee always knew that working youth was her passion and she took summer jobs every year…

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