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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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…

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February 4, 2022

Believe in Me Foundation Visits with Playworks ›

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August 24, 2021

Playworks Founder Jill Vialet Publishes ‘Why Play Works’ ›

Play brings out the best in every kid. Over the course of 25 years since Jill Vialet founded Playworks, she and her colleagues, as well as researchers and play experts,…