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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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…