About Playworks Pennsylvania

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 Pennsylvania

Founded in 1996, Playworks expanded to Pennsylvania in 2010. Playworks Pennsylvania serves low-income schools across Philadelphia through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across Pennsylvania through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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Meet Our People

September 20, 2021

Malik McPherson ›

Malik McPherson is a dynamic and intuitive communications specialist dedicated to creating and facilitating unique and engaging experiences which inspire creativity, self-discovery, and authenticity for oneself and others. With over a decade of experience in K-12 Education, Performance Arts, and…

December 5, 2022

Bridget Poisel ›

Bridget is so excited to be joining Playworks this year as a Program Specialist to help bring the power of play to students across Philadelphia! After spending the last two years as an AmeriCorps student success coach, Bridget is looking…

February 6, 2023

Niya Smith-Hutson ›

Niya Smith-Hutson, a social butterfly, youth advocate, community liaison, and philanthropist comes from an extensive background working in education, and human services throughout Pennsylvania. Born and raised in Philly, Niya has held many positions within the School district of Philadelphia…

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