February 26, 2009

Climb your way to success with March webinars!

Whether you want to build a playground, make play a priority in your community, or learn more about Imagination Playground™, we've got webinars for you in March!

As always, all our webinars are FREE. All you need to participate is a phone and a computer with an Internet connection.

Volunteer Recruitment: Managing the Process
Mar. 3, 3-4 p.m. Eastern time
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Anyone who has participated in a community-wide project knows that if there is one thing that will define your success, it's volunteer recruitment. The key to success is not only in recruiting volunteers but in managing the process! Join us during this webinar to learn how to manage your volunteer outreach, communication and follow-up correspondence. There are some simple steps you can take to ensure that you have a great volunteer turnout for your community project.

Conducting Your Playspace Audit using the KaBOOM! Playspace Finder
(3 of 4 in the Playful City USA webinar series)
Mar. 5, 3-4 p.m. Eastern time
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Interested in learning where the best playgrounds are in your Playful City USA community? Headed on a road trip with the kids, and want to find great places to play along the way? Perhaps you want highlight how your local government has invested in playspaces in your area. The KaBOOM! Playspace Finder is an invaluable tool that will help you address all of these questions and more. Join this webinar to learn about how to leverage this multifaceted tool in conjunction with your Playful City USA recognition. We'll also show you how to bring this tool to your users in widget form.

So You Want to be a Play Associate
Mar. 6, 3-4 p.m. Eastern time
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KaBOOM! and architect David Rockwell have teamed up for a new concept in playspaces called Imagination Playground™ in a BOX. Imagination Playground™ in a BOX is based around the concept of "free play," a simple but powerful idea that children should initiate and direct their own play, and should be able to manipulate their own environment. A critical component of this concept is a Play Associate, a trained adult on the site of every Imagination Playground™ in a BOX. Play Associates are trained to maintain a safe and secure environment, renew and vary the supply of loose parts and foster creative play with a hands-off approach. Join this webinar to learn more about what it takes to become a Play Associate!

Introduction to Imagination Playground™ in a BOX
Mar. 10, 3-4 p.m. Eastern time
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KaBOOM! and architect David Rockwell have teamed up on a new concept in playspaces called Imagination Playground™ in a BOX, a portable system of lightweight and resilient "loose parts" that kids can put together in limitless combinations. Join this webinar to learn more about the Imagination Playground™ concept and how you can inspire creative and imaginative play in your local playspaces.

Answering Your Playful City USA Application Questions
(4 of 4 in the Playful City USA webinar series)
Mar. 11, 4-5 p.m. Eastern time
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Have you attended the Playful City USA webinars but still have questions about the application? Are you having problems uploading your city or town's playspaces onto the KaBOOM! Playspace Finder? Have you heard about our new social networking site, connect.kaboom.org, but aren't sure how to set up a profile, set up your own group, or post in the Forums? This webinar will provide an open format to answer questions you have about the Playful City USA application, the KaBOOM! social network, planning Play Days, conducting a playspace audit, and much more. This webinar is recommended for communities that have attended one or more of the Playful City USA webinars.

Introduction to Using the KaBOOM! Playspace Finder
Mar. 12, 3-4 p.m. Eastern time
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Want to know where to find play in your community? Where are the closest playgrounds? Where are playgrounds in disrepair? Where are the playgrounds with picnic areas and tetherball polls so that you can host your eight year olds birthday party? The KaBOOM! Playspace Finder can help you answer all of these questions and more! Join us for this webinar, in which we'll explain and demonstrate the capabilities of the KaBOOM! Playspace Finder. By the end of this webinar, you'll be one step closer to performing a playspace audit for your neighborhood and/or community!

Almost There! Getting Ready for Your Build Day
Mar. 13, 3-4 p.m.
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So you have spent the last several months planning out the details of your build, from selecting your planning committee to achieving your fundraising goals. Before you know it you are just a few short weeks away from your build. Join us as we discuss removal of old equipment, prep days, team captains, and much more.

Welcome to the Alumni Network!
Mar. 16, 3-4 p.m. Eastern time
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Have you experienced the thrill and excitement of building a playground in a day with KaBOOM!? Wasn't it a wildly fun experience? With the Alumni Network you can connect with others who shared the same experience and want to keep the excitement alive. In this introductory webinar, we'll tell you more about the Alumni Network and the opportunities that come with it. Even better, this webinar will connect you with other past KaBOOM! community partners who have continued to advance the cause of play! Join us on what promises to be a fun, memory-filled and informative session.

Conducting Your Playspace Audit using the KaBOOM! Playspace Finder
(3 of 4 in the Playful City USA webinar series)
Mar. 17, 3-4 p.m. Eastern time
Register here
Interested in learning where the best playgrounds are in your Playful City USA community? Headed on a road trip with the kids, and want to find great places to play along the way? Perhaps you want highlight how your local government has invested in playspaces in your area. The KaBOOM! Playspace Finder is an invaluable tool that will help you address all of these questions and more. Join this webinar to learn about how to leverage this multifaceted tool in conjunction with your Playful City USA recognition. We'll also show you how to bring this tool to your users in widget form.

Integrating Loose and Found Parts into Your Playspace
Mar. 18, 3-4 p.m. Eastern time
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Already have a playspace for your community's children? That's great, but why not consider some economical and innovative ways to spruce up the area? In this webinar, we'll introduce the idea of adventure playgrounds and "loose parts" play. Already practiced in Europe and Japan, we'll walk you through the core principles of loose parts play and their critical benefits for child development. So join us to learn more about the history of play and ways that you can awaken children's imaginations with basic tarps, noodles, blocks, boxes and sheets.

So You Want to be a Play Associate
Mar. 19, 3-4 p.m.
Register here
KaBOOM! and architect David Rockwell have teamed up for a new concept in playspaces called Imagination Playground™ in a BOX. Imagination Playground™ in a BOX is based around the concept of "free play," a simple but powerful idea that children should initiate and direct their own play, and should be able to manipulate their own environment. A critical component of this concept is a Play Associate, a trained adult on the site of every Imagination Playground™ in a BOX. Play Associates are trained to maintain a safe and secure environment, renew and vary the supply of loose parts and foster creative play with a hand's off approach. Join this webinar to learn more about what it takes to become a Play Associate!

Alumni Network: Sustaining Community Enthusiasm After Your Project's Completion
Mar. 20, 3-4 p.m. Eastern time
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You just finished your community-built playspace project and now you're starting to think about "Sustaining Community Enthusiasm after your Project's Completion." We will share next steps to take, what you can do in your community and what has worked well for other communities.

Learn How to Win an Imagination Playground™ in a Box With Your City's Best-Practice in Play
Mar. 25, 3-4 p.m. Eastern time
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Join Ben Duda, Sr. Manager, KaBOOM! National Campaign for Play, to "Learn How to Win an Imagination Playground™ in a Box With Your City's Best-Practice in Play." This dynamic and informative webinar will focus on the Playful City USA addendum application. By session's end, you will have the information and tools necessary to document and elevate your city’s "best-practice in play" to ultimately benefit communities across the country seeking to increase the quantity, quality, and access to play.

Introduction to Imagination Playground™ in a BOX
Mar. 26, 3-4 p.m. Eastern time
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KaBOOM! and architect David Rockwell have teamed up on a new concept in playspaces called Imagination Playground™ in a BOX, a portable system of lightweight and resilient "loose parts" that kids can put together in limitless combinations. Join this webinar to learn more about the Imagination Playground™ concept and how you can inspire creative and imaginative play in your local playspaces.

KaBOOM! Success Using the Asset-Based Community Development Model
Mar. 31, 3-4 p.m. Eastern time
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At KaBOOM! our work isn't simply about building a playground. Rather we build communities by starting with a playground. Each of our projects is grounded in the fundamental principles of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) approach. Using ABCD, communities consider what they do have rather than what they do not have. Join this webinar to learn more about this community development model, and why over half of all KaBOOM!-led groups reported that their work helped expand their capacity to address other community issues.

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