Introducing Program Manager Tashan Kilkenny

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Tashan Kilkenny is the newest addition to the Program team for Playworks New York/New Jersey. Prior to this position, Tashan served as a Playworks Corps Member in Brooklyn, New York. Tashan worked at Oasis in Central Park summer camp for six seasons where he began to nurture his love for youth development. After graduating from SUNY Albany with his Bachelor of Arts in English, Tashan started his Playworks adventure. He is most appreciative of the fact that Playworks gives him a platform where he can “pay it forward” for the next generation. Tashan played college basketball and currently enjoys participating in leagues – and pick-up games – throughout New York City.

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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…