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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October 6, 2020

Using Play to Foster Social Connections and Physical Activity ›

Play isn’t just fun and games – it’s a vital aspect of our health and well-being. When we play, we engage our bodies, minds, and senses, creating opportunities for increased physical activity, learning, and connection with others. Play can even help relieve stress and support the development of important social-emotional skills, including communication and cooperation.…

September 3, 2020

How Equity, Trauma, and Play Intersect ›

The play opportunity gap Play is critical for healthy child development as it is a safe way for kids to experiment and practice building relationships and cooperating with others. And yet, even in normal circumstances before COVID-19, there wasn’t an equal opportunity for every kid to play. We need to make sure this disparity does…

August 14, 2020

Playful Ways to Build Relationships in 2020 ›

Rapport building is always key to a successful, engaging school year. When kids feel safe, empowered, and cared for, they are more likely to attend school, lean into their education, and develop critical social and emotional skills. This year, students around the country are going to school virtually, in-person with potential virtual experiences during COVID…