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Jared Carroll, LMSW, SIFI

Jared Carroll, LMSW, SIFI
Executive Director, Founder

“Jared’s talent lies in his passionate orientation to public service and social justice.  He approaches each project with a deep sense of intentionality and clear focus. He builds consensus and helps people work together for the greater good.  People who work with Jared feel valued and want to contribute to the solution.”

Sherry Cleary
New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute

Jared is a board-certified social worker and youth development specialist, with work spanning the non-profit, education, and mental health fields over the past 15 years.

His experience includes direct practice, program administration, strategic planning, fundraising, and training in program leadership, development, and implementation. With a focus on programs that serve children impacted by trauma, Jared’s mission is to grow a community of change that engages program practitioners, leaders, and youth themselves to overcome the challenges they face.

This work is guided by the following core values:

Relationships First
Build connections as the starting point and greatest outcome of program work

Play as Change
Leverage play as the universal language of ideas, connection, and possibility

Lifelong Learning
Cultivate an unending process of development for every individual

Whole Child, Whole Community
Ensure program quality for children through equally intentional quality supports for those who nurture them

Shift Power
Promote empowerment by honoring voice and choice

Jared began his career in youth development at the Hole In The Wall Gang Camp, a world-renowned therapeutic recreation organization for children affected by serious illness. There, he lead both residential and hospital programming before working internationally to develop a series of new initiatives in Latin America. While consulting on these programs, Jared worked as the in-country program director for an educational non-profit in Paraguay. Most recently, he served as US Program Director for Right To Play, before founding Play At The Core. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Boston College and was named an Adaptive Leadership Fellow while receiving a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University.