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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September 22, 2017

Abe Alcodray

Abe joined Playworks after spending over three years with Palace Sports and Entertainment. He was born and raised just outside of Detroit, where he has lived most of his life. Abe graduated from the University of Michigan where he studied…

June 1, 2018

Matt Matthews ›

Matt Matthews joins Playworks Michigan with over a decade of experience in higher education and nonprofits, specifically in youth development and program management. As a State Court Administrative Office qualified mediator and a specialist in conflict resolution, Matt has facilitated…

October 7, 2020

Christa Williams ›

Christa joined Playworks Michigan in August 2018, serving as an AmeriCorps Coach for two years in Dearborn. Born in Detroit and raised in Canton, Christa was educated in the Plymouth-Canton Community School District before pursuing a degree in Culinary Arts…

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