Fab Youth Philly – Play Captains Initiative/PLL partnership: 2018 & 2019
The Philadelphia Play Streets program, overseen by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, shuts down hundreds of city streets during the summer to provide free meals and opportunities for children to play with community-based organizations. One such community-based organization, Fab Youth Philly, created the Play Captains Initiative, which focuses on teens’ workforce development and civic engagement with the mission to empower and train them in leadership, playful learning, and facilitation to make the Play Streets and neighborhoods of Philadelphia more playful for neighborhood children.
During the summers of 2018 and 2019, the Play Captain Initiative partnered with Playful Learning Landscapes to train teen Play Captains on transforming playful activities into playful learning activities. We worked together to measure the impact of playful learning on learning goals and developmental skills that are critical for in- and out-of-school success. We found that not only did children profit from playful learning, but so too did the teens who now enjoy richer interactive and mentorship skills when engaging in playful learning with children.