About Playworks Michigan

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 Michigan in 2010. Playworks Michigan serves low-income schools across Detroit through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across Michigan through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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Meet Our People


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headshot of Allison

December 14, 2021

Allison Schulte ›

Allison Schulte, also known as Coach A, joined Playworks in 2020 as an AmeriCorps Coach and now works as a Site Coordinator. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Kinesiology and is a HUGE…

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headshot of Jamie

September 22, 2017

Jamie Chester ›

Jamie has spent over a decade working in youth development in several different settings. For the past six years, Jamie has been empowering students and school staff to create a safe and inclusive place to play, learn and grow with…

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headshot of Tyler

October 7, 2020

Tyler Jackson ›

Tyler has been with Playworks Michigan, serving as a Playworks Coach, since August 2017. He was born in Kalamazoo, MI, but for the past few years, he has resided in Detroit, MI. Tyler attended Western Michigan University where he studied…

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