Join us for a discussion on the importance of play for kids

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Join Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen, Commissioner Deborah Kafoury and Playworks Founder/CEO, Jill Vialet for a discussion on the importance of play and physical activity on the well-being, health and learning for kids (and adults) and Playworks’ strategies that reduce bullying.  We want to hear from you – the leaders in education, health, business, philanthropy and community development in Portland – about ways we can partner and strengthen the health and education outcomes of children in low-income and marginalized communities in the city.  Light refreshments will be available.

Jill Vialet is an Ashoka Fellow who was recently named to the Women's Sports Foundation 40 for 40 list as well as the Forbes Impact 30 List of worldwide social entrepreneurs. Jill founded Playworks in 1996 which has expanded to 23 cities and 300 schools serving 120,000 students daily. Portland operations began in 2009 and currently partners with 14 Portland Public Schools through direct service and 15 schools in Centennial, Gresham-Barlow, Clackamas, Beaverton and Parkrose School Districts through our Training model.

When: June 22, 2012 12pm-1:15pm

Where: Rose Room at The Rose Quarter; One Center Court St, Portland, OR 97227

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More Updates

March 25, 2021

Top 6 Games to Play Physically Distant with No Equipment ›

As more and more schools transition back to in-person learning, we know educators are looking for games that are physically-distant and don’t require equipment. The need for play is more important than ever due to the isolation that our kids have endured during COVID-19. Play encourages creativity, flexibility, teamwork, and other critical social skills. We’ve…

March 12, 2021

Playworks: One Year Later ›

One year ago… All of our partner schools closed their buildings and our work serving kids in schools risked coming to a halt. We knew our mission had to continue. We remained committed to providing opportunities for joy and connection through play for kids in a COVID safe way, regardless if their school was virtual,…

December 15, 2020

Top 6 Games to Play Virtually ›

Many educators have risen to the challenge of transitioning their lessons to accommodate virtual education, and Playworks has been helping educators ensure play remains in every child’s day, even online. Kids prioritize play, and with our support educators are leveraging play when teaching virtually in order to keep kids engaged, active, and to build community.…