In August, Playmaker Project team members traveled to the Poland/Ukraine border for a training with 40 Ukrainian youth and family services workers from Lviv, teaching them to develop the safe spaces children need to freely engage, connect, and explore the world around them.
“What better way to kick off our first season back on-site with campers than to teach staff how to embrace each moment and create an O’Playsis with our campers!”
In our annual survey, Playmakers reported high levels of implementation of practices learned in training, along with positive impacts on their personal and professional life.
The Playmaker Project partnered with Ridni, a Ukrainian charitable fund, to scale up Guardians of Childhood, a psychosocial recovery initiative designed to train adult caregivers to protect children’s social-emotional wellbeing.
“Playmaker training can be applied to all aspects of life, but this is where that light can really shine... [Helping] people who have just escaped horrific circumstances being able to process and have hope.”
Trained Playmakers goodify and adapt practices, tools, and resources to build the healing, life-changing relationships that children in their own communities need to heal, learn, and grow. Here are some of their stories!
For William Chapman, School Resource Officer for Newtown, Connecticut, there's one important message he wants to convey to each and every child.
To fully appreciate just how big a deal Charlie and Reggie the rubber chickens really are, you’d have to go back to Carly McPartland’s first year of teaching.
After a catastrophic 7.0 earthquake nearly leveled Haiti in 2010, Rishi – now the Executive Director of Gerye Jwa, our Playmaker team in Haiti – found Playmaker training to "life-changing" and "affirming."