About Playworks Minnesota

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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Meet Playworks Minnesota

Founded in 1996, Playworks expanded to Minnesota in 2010. Playworks Minnesota serves schools across Minnesota through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across Minnesota through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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Our Core Values

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Every child deserves

• to learn how to be a good friend.

• to feel like a hero.

• a voice.

Playworks outcomes speak for themselves. Last year school principals and teacher reported:

96%more opportunities for inclusion of diverse groups of students.
96%increase in student participation in class activities.
90%decrease in bullying incidents.

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Meet Our People

January 31, 2022

Haley Friel ›

Coach Haley hails from northern California where she spent her childhood days as champion of the handball court. After graduating from Whitman College with a degree in sociology she dug into agriculture and ran the education program on a large…

November 15, 2022

Kat Saba ›

Kat joined the Playworks team in 2020 as an AmeriCorps Coach, and transitioned to her role as Program Associate, and now Operations Manager. In conjunction with Playworks and the University of South Carolina, she completed an MPH in Physical Activity…

September 7, 2022

Travis Evans ›

Travis is a passionate youth worker whose primary goal is to help equip students with the necessary skills to succeed in school and beyond. Before joining the Playworks team, Travis has done youth work in a myriad of capacities, such…

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