About Playworks North Carolina

All kids deserve the social, emotional, and physical benefits of play. We help schools and youth programs create healthy play environments where every child can join in.

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Meet Playworks North Carolina


Founded in 1996, Playworks expanded to North Carolina in 2011. Playworks North Carolina serves low-income schools across the Durham area through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across North Carolina through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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July 23, 2018

Amaya McKoy ›

Amaya McKoy is a North Carolina native who graduated from UNCG with her Community Health Education degree in 2017. As she was looking for the next part of her journey she found the AmeriCorps position with Playworks where she was…

September 22, 2017

Janelle Averill ›

Janelle graduated with her degree in education in 2009, but quickly fell in love with the idea of spending her days on the playground teaching the power of play through wall ball and foursquare. Janelle was a Playworks program coordinator…

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