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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March 25, 2021

Top 6 Games to Play Physically Distant with No Equipment ›

As more and more schools transition back to in-person learning, we know educators are looking for games that are physically-distant and don’t require equipment. The need for play is more important than ever due to the isolation that our kids have endured during COVID-19. Play encourages creativity, flexibility, teamwork, and other critical social skills. We’ve…

March 12, 2021

Playworks: One Year Later ›

One year ago… All of our partner schools closed their buildings and our work serving kids in schools risked coming to a halt. We knew our mission had to continue. We remained committed to providing opportunities for joy and connection through play for kids in a COVID safe way, regardless if their school was virtual,…

January 25, 2021

The Difference a Caring Adult Makes in the City of Good Neighbors ›

“Schools are going weeks without hearing from kids. Calling it a tragedy doesn’t do it justice. Even if kids are safe, they’re still lost kids because they aren’t connected,” Tyler Davis, Playworks Site Coordinator in Buffalo, NY, explains about kids in the pandemic who haven’t been attending school virtually. At the end of the pandemic,…