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 Bender Yocum, a native Hoosier, began her professional career as an AmeriCorps member with City Year. Her 13 years of nonprofit experience includes service in both local and national education and health-related organizations, where she has focused on organizational development,…

September 22, 2017

Josh Rice ›

Josh is a super cool dude who first joined Playworks as an AmeriCorps program coordinator serving Greenbriar Elementary. Before joining the power of play movement, he worked as a special needs camp counselor in California and a youth sports 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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