Playworks Coach: Hana Chamoun

  1. Updates

It is hard to believe that it has really only been a handful of months since I started as an AmeriCorps volunteer, working with Playworks Pennsylvania. It feels like so much growth has happened in these past few months, showing me the reciprocal learning that has informed my practice as a development practitioner, and the impact of my service.

My Junior Coaches are perhaps my best example of the influence that my service has had. Watching my 17 students learn, grow, and change through new leadership experiences has been striking and eye opening. These 4th and 5th graders are thriving in this often difficult leadership role. My Junior Coaches are given time most after-school sessions to share out about their experiences, and learn from others successes and failures. Together these scholars are becoming a powerful unit, made up of strong individual leaders.

The year is not over yet, and I am excited to see what comes next for my students. I am grateful to my service as it has allowed me to learn how change can and will happen, both on the individual and community level.


More Updates

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, have demonstrated precisely how and why play works to help kids learn and grow in the most positive and healthy ways. Jill gathered stories from people…

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,…