January 29, 2009

Hi there! Check out our shiny new webinars!

Hello!

How are you today? Everything going OK? Good.

Wait.

What?

You're having trouble with your playground build/Playful City USA application/understanding why play is important?

Goodness.

That is a problem.

Fortunately, I have just the solution for you.

How about a webinar?

It's free.

And we have just the one you need. Check out the vast selection of upcoming webinars below.

Answering Your Playful City USA Application Questions
(4 of 4 in the Playful City USA webinar series)
Feb 5, 3-4 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's or town's playspaces on to 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! online community, 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.

FUNdraising 101
Feb. 6, 3-4 p.m. Eastern time
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We know that fundraising is often the biggest hurdle when planning a playspace project. Don't worry – we're here to help you. KaBOOM! has years of fundraising experience that we're excited to share with you. During this webinar, we'll take you through the four main types of fundraising: individual giving, corporate sponsorship, grants, and special events. We'll help you hone your communication skills as you approach businesses and individuals for money. We'll show you what a successful grant looks like. And finally, we'll give you great examples of special events that you can start planning ASAP. Put the FUN back into FUNdraising!

Success Stories: Revitalizing Your Playspace on a Shoestring Budget
Feb. 10, 3-4 p.m. Eastern time
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With budgets crunching and funding growing increasingly scarce, there are still ways to keep play alive in your community. Join us as guest presenter Nancy Serrand shares concrete examples of how to work with local organizations and companies to revitalize your playspace on a "shoestring" budget. After this webinar, you'll see the tangible results of resourcefulness, community support and creativity!

Introduction to Rallying Your City to Be a Playful City
(1 of 4 in the Playful City USA webinar series)
Feb. 11, 3-4 p.m. Eastern time
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This webinar will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how you can be the catalyst for creating a lasting agenda for play in your community by working toward recognition as a Playful City USA community. The following topics will be covered:

  • Playful City USA as a framework for advocating for play in your community
  • Benefits of becoming a Playful City USA
  • Tools and resources to support you in becoming a Playful City USA

Play and Children's Health: The Value of Playgrounds
Feb. 12, 3-4 p.m. Eastern time
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Most people recognize that physical activity is important for children's overall development. Over the past few years a number of different nonprofit, government, and private initiatives have attempted to increase the amount of physical activity children receive each day. J.C. Boushh, founder of Design for Play and a recognized expert in the field of playground safety, natural play environments, and inclusive playground design, has compiled a host of research that shows how play, and specifically playgrounds, are the key to increasing children's activity levels. Join us for this webinar that clearly outlines why play is important, where recess fits, and why building playgrounds is critical to improving the health and wellbeing of children.

Benefits of Nature Play
Feb. 13, 3-4 p.m. Eastern time
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Kids need to go outside and play! This webinar will discuss the developmental benefits of exposure to nature and nature play for children. Participants will have the chance to engage in a discussion that will include the prevalence of "nature deficit disorder" and how nature and nature play can be incorporated into children's busy lives. Links and references to a number of nature-based resources will be provided and discussed, including specific community projects that are currently underway across the United States.

Safety, Surfacing, and Vendors, Oh My!
Feb. 23, 3-4 p.m. Eastern time
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Choosing the right site and the right surfacing for your play structure are important first steps in planning your playground project. In this webinar, you'll learn about safety standards, equipment hazards, and the types of surfacing that will guarantee you'll have a fun and safe place for your kids to play. You'll also learn specific site considerations that you'll need to keep in mind before planning a project.

Incorporating Service Learning into you Project
Feb. 24, 3-4 p.m. Eastern time
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Building a playspace presents a learning opportunity for EVERYONE involved! For community leaders, teachers, parents and school administration this type of project teaches skills in volunteer recruitment, fundraising and community organizing. But the learning isn't limited to the adults! If planned well, a playspace build can lend itself to countless science, math and social studies lessons. Join this webinar to learn ways that you can incorporate teaching into your playspace planning and building.

Playful City USA: Developing an Action Plan for Play
Feb. 25, 3-4 p.m. Eastern time
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How can you work with local leaders to develop a concrete action plan to ensure children's access to great, safe places to play? This webinar will walk you through the steps needed to bring a variety of people to the table and develop an Action Plan for Play. We'll share recommendations on how to get started and how to perform a preliminary needs assessment. Additionally, we'll help you think through whom to involve in the action planning process and we will share some tips on how to influence policy related to play! By the session's end, you'll be on your way to developing a playful yet powerful action plan!

Becoming a KaBOOM! Community Partner
Feb. 26, 3-4 p.m. Eastern time
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So you're on your way to becoming a community partner. You have reviewed the application and have a general understanding of the selection process but you still have a few remaining questions. If this sounds like you, join us as we walk through the step-by-step process of becoming a KaBOOM! community partner. During this webinar we will revisit the community build model, the application process, how selections are made, and the responsibilities of a community partner.

Using the KaBOOM! Playspace Finder to Change Policy
Feb. 27, 3-4 p.m. Eastern time
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More information coming soon!

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