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


September 7, 2022

Raymi Choate ›

Raymi is originally from Iowa and attended Warburg College where she obtained a B.A. in Neuroscience with minors in Leadership and Psychology. During her time at Wartburg she was in various student organizations and served on the Dance Marathon executive…

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…

September 22, 2017

Shauna McDonald ›

Shauna McDonald is the Executive Director of Playworks Minnesota. In this role, Shauna is responsible for growing Playworks impact and long term sustainability in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota. Shauna joined Playworks in 2015 inspired by the vision…

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