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 ›

A North Carolina native, Amaya was raised in the small town of Burgaw, NC which is home to the NC Blueberry Festival. Amaya dedicated her free time while living in Burgaw to service and how she could best help those in her community. When…

July 23, 2018

Deshea Blake ›

Deshea’s background includes over 15 years of experience working with children. His main objective is to advocate for youth who cannot speak for themselves. A former Playworks Program Coordinator at Eno Valley Elementary (2011-2014), he has taught the power of…

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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