Introducing Program Director Shelly Wilson

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Shelly Wilson joins our movement to bring out the best in every kid as the New York/New Jersey Program Director! Shelly comes to Playworks with extensive experience operating and supporting after-school programs throughout the New York metropolitan area. During her career, she has served as Director of Enrichment for the Inwood Academy for Leadership Charter School, Program Director for the Partnership for After-School Education, and Chairperson for Bronx Community Board Four Youth Services Committee. Born and raised in the Bronx, Shelly works tirelessly to provide children with the skills and resources they need to become dynamic adults, as an avid volunteer and youth development specialist. In her spare time, she enjoys running, Zumba and Bikram yoga. Shelly is currently trying to overcome her love/hate relationship with the awkward posture.

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January 10, 2023

Understanding the Complex Simplicities of Play ›

Play is a behavior that is natural and has existed for thousands of years and across species. It combines a set of made-up rules or norms and a willingness to explore. Researchers, scientists, and doctors have studied the effects of play on kids–and adults–and understand that this natural behavior has tremendous benefits. As the American…

December 21, 2022

Building Skill Through Play: Managing Disappointment and Teaching Positive Body Language ›

It’s the holiday season! Schools and Playworks are counting down the days until winter break, but first we’re focusing on managing disappointment and teaching positive body language.  We all know that it can be incredibly easy to get swept up in the negative emotions a disappointment brings because our expectations were not met. For kids,…

three people with Playworks shirts
three people with Playworks shirts

July 28, 2022

A year of social and emotional learning ›

“You can’t do SEL, trauma, or equity work without each other,” Jennette Claassen, Head of Evaluation, Playworks. As Playworks continued to progress on our equity journey, we explored a critical question: what are the intersections between play, social and emotional learning, physical activity, and trauma? A working group focused on this question decided, among other…