Would you like to have Play Captains at a playground or park near you?
The Play Captains are placed in teams, minimally five per team.
They are supported by an adult, called a Group Leader. The Group Leader is ONSITE every day with the teens; their job is to provide real-time coaching and support to the Play Captains.
Play Captains and Group Leaders have their FBI, Criminal Background, and Child abuse clearances; We partner with the Drexel Health Hub to ensure they get a physical exam and their TB shots.
An Innovation of FAB YOUTH PHILLY, LLC
During the summer and fall of 2020, in the middle of the Pandemic we tested a new model of the Play Captain Initiative; Play Captains at the Playground!
Because it was not safe for the Play Captains due to Covid-19, to be in early childhood centers, we hired three teens to lead playful learning games at a playground near the early childhood centers where they had been working in West Philly.
Children and whole families safely played tag, basketball, "hot-hot-cold"; and read books together and made crafts.
In 2021, with funding from William Penn Foundation we further tested the model at playgrounds in Mantua in West Philly and in North Philly in Fairhill and Kensington! In partnership with Friends of Norris Square Park and Friends of Rainbow De Colores Park, 13 Play Captains facilitated games and literacy activities.
2022 will bring the Play Captains to Hissy & McPherson Square parks.