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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August 21, 2018

Whitney Bunn ›

Whitney joined Playworks Michigan in 2018 after spending three years in New York City working in marketing for the entertainment industry. Raised in Grand Rapids, she was excited to return to her home state as a member of the Playworks…

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…

November 28, 2017

Karen Dunham ›

Karen began her journey with Playworks in 2013. With over a decade of working with youth, Karen’s enthusiasm for youth development has led her around the world to serve youth, and the adults who work with youth, in communities in Michigan, Oregon,…

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