About Playworks Indiana

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 Indiana in 2013. Playworks Indiana serves low-income schools through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across Indiana through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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September 22, 2017

Jo Bender Yocum ›

Jo Yocum has served as the Executive Director of Playworks Indiana since January 2017, leading the strategic growth of the organization from providing services in just 9 Indianapolis schools to more than 50 Schools and youth serving organizations throughout the…

September 22, 2017

Audrey Hallmann ›

Audrey joins us with experience as a youth leader, caseworker for refugees, and social worker for individuals and families in crisis. Audrey most recently served the Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington, Indiana for eight years as their Program Director, Camp…

September 22, 2017

Emily Kitterman ›

Emily was born and raised in northern Illinois, about 60 miles west of Chicago, in the small community of DeKalb. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Augustana College, in Rock Island, Illinois, with a concentration in Biology. During her time at…

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