Playworks Michigan Real Players Don't Bully Campaign

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

At Playworks Michigan, we promote inclusion and respect in everything that we do. This year alone, we are helping over 17,000 students feel included and engaged in their school community by leveraging the power of safe, healthy play.

And our school partners are noticing a difference. Last school year, 76% of our partner school staff reported a decrease in bullying incidents and 91% reported an increase in students’ use of conflict resolution strategies.

This past October, we had celebrity supporters join our bullying reduction efforts during our #RealPlayersDontBully social media campaign. Celebrities partners, including the Detroit LionsDetroit PistonsDetroit City FC, Detroit native Carl Davis , Kacie Hollins, Justin Rose, Armond Rashad, 76ers, Breanna Stewart, Duke, Indiana Fever, Pacers and Tamika Catchings, took to social media to stand up for inclusion with Playworks. Check out their posts by clicking the links below.

 

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January 10, 2023

Understanding the Complex Simplicities of Play ›

Play is a behavior that is natural and has existed for thousands of years and across species. It combines a set of made-up rules or norms and a willingness to explore. Researchers, scientists, and doctors have studied the effects of play on kids–and adults–and understand that this natural behavior has tremendous benefits. As the American…

three people with Playworks shirts
three people with Playworks shirts

July 28, 2022

A year of social and emotional learning ›

“You can’t do SEL, trauma, or equity work without each other,” Jennette Claassen, Head of Evaluation, Playworks. As Playworks continued to progress on our equity journey, we explored a critical question: what are the intersections between play, social and emotional learning, physical activity, and trauma? A working group focused on this question decided, among other…

August 24, 2021

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet Publishes ‘Why Play Works’ ›

Play brings out the best in every kid. Over the course of 25 years since Jill Vialet founded Playworks, she and her colleagues, as well as researchers and play experts, have demonstrated precisely how and why play works to help kids learn and grow in the most positive and healthy ways. Jill gathered stories from people…