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


September 28, 2023

Janiah Chew ›

Janiah has been a Playworks AmeriCorps Coach since 2022. Before Playworks, she was a youth coach for a first place national dance team. Janiah loves working with the youth. Being part…

December 1, 2023

Judy Tipton ›

Judy Tipton is the Executive Director for Playworks Michigan. She is a NCAA division 1 collegiate athlete and Southern University Hall of Fame nominee who strategically leverages her experiences from the…

October 26, 2022

Christa Williams ›

Christa “Coach C” Williams joined Playworks Michigan in August 2018, served as an AmeriCorps Coach for two years in Dearborn, Site Coordinator for an additional two years in Novi and…

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