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


November 28, 2017

Karen Dunham ›

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 across Michigan, Oregon, Washington, and South Korea. Karen began…

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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…

October 26, 2022

Sara McKendry ›

Sara McKendry is a Site Coordinator, is originally from the West Suburbs of Chicago and went to school at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo Michigan. After graduating from Western Michigan in 2022 she decided to move to Kalamazoo Michigan. Going…

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