Our Services

Customized Supports for Each Unique Partnership

All program service offerings now available via virtual platforms.

Play At The Core offers Youth Development Program Consulting

We partner with youth development organizations that:

• Believe in the strength and potential of their community
• Confront complex challenges that affect their work
• Seek tailored professional development experiences for their practitioners

• Value interactive and engaging approaches to learning and skill-building
• Crave collaboration that respects their program’s unique context
• Believe innovation is key to improving quality

A Play At The Core partnership catalyzes meaningful and lasting change.


Community Programming

Committed to strengthening the youth development field, these offerings bring together practitioners from different programs and geographies to connect, support, and inspire one another as the field continues to confront transformational challenges. To this end, we offer:

  • Community Huddles 
  • Play Breaks
  • Community Play Days

Experiential Learning Seminars

We create highly interactive professional development experiences that fuel program growth. We blend play-based and adult learning approaches to promote collaboration, discovery, and program innovation.

Hands-On Mentorship and Coaching

We offer one-on-one consultation with key organizational staff to enhance support, refine program approaches, share feedback, and promote ongoing development.

Collaborative Resource Creation

We design customized tools that collect and organize strategies and expertise around pressing issues. By co-creating with partners, we ensure that resources take action on key challenges with immediate impact.

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Program Assessments

We generate multi-dimensional program evaluations to highlight program strengths, and offer research-based recommendations to enhance quality. This process allows organizations to better understand their impact and challenges.

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Strategic Program Planning

We develop opportunities for program leaders to connect with key stakeholders to define or refine program mission, promote alignment with operations, and identify key metrics to ensure desired outcomes.

Leadership Development

We partner with program leaders in the ongoing development of professional development workshops, coaching, and resources for their unique contexts. Leaders develop both technical and adaptive skills while creating program supports that are more interactive, empowering, and goal-oriented.