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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Read the Playworks Equity Statement

 

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 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…

September 22, 2017

Brandon Elsner ›

Brandon Elsner (“Coach Brando” on the playground) is the Program Manager for Playworks Minnesota. His passion for play, physical activity and social and emotional wellness comes from his B.S. in Health Promotion and Wellness from the University of Wisconsin Stevens…

August 6, 2019

Julian Peota ›

Julian Peota (Coach JP) has a passion for play and youth development that helps youth to become conscientious and inclusive members of the greater community. As a lifelong soccer player and coach, he loves play, physical exercise, and building unity…

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