About Playworks Utah

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 Utah


Founded in 1996, Playworks expanded to Utah in 2011. Playworks Utah serves low-income schools across Salt Lake and Davis Counties through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across Utah through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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Meet Our People


September 22, 2017

Desirae Arends ›

Desi began her journey with Playworks in 2014. She worked as a speech therapist in Nebraska with elementary-aged children for three years prior. After learning about the power of play and how Playworks helps children grow socially and emotionally, she…

August 23, 2022

Ashley Engeler ›

Ashley joined Playworks Utah in 2013 as an Americorps Member with an extensive background in childcare and youth development programming. Her journey with the organization has curated a deep passion for educational equity and expanding platforms for community impact. She…

August 27, 2021

Kurtis Livingston ›

Kurtis is a Site Coordinator here at Playworks Utah. Prior to becoming a Site Coordinator, he served as an Americorps Coach at Sandy Elementary, and loved it so much. Playworks has taught Kurtis so much about creating a fun and…

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