Game to Grow is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the use of games of all kinds for therapeutic, educational, and community growth.  Our therapeutic social skills groups use tabletop role-playing games to help youth become more confident, creative, and socially capable. Many of the kids and teens in our groups struggle with social challenges related to autism, ADHD, anxiety, or depression, and the groups help them build social skills, reduce isolation, and develop friendships. We also provide training and support to other professionals and advocates so that even more individuals can benefit from the life-enriching power of games.

“Thank you for this amazing opportunity! My son left the group radiant and smiling, more relaxed and talkative than I have seen him in a year. This is just exactly what he needs. …He lives in his head a lot of the time, and this is giving him a perfect venue to connect with others about what’s going on in there. So great!!”

- Game to Grow Parent

2018 has been a great year!

This year we provided game-based therapeutic services to around 40 kids each week across our five weekly social skills groups, and we hired and trained two new facilitators so that even more youth can receive services. Over the summer we offered game-based summer camps, incorporating craft and other enrichment activities, and led workshops instructing families how to discuss the role of video games in the home and how to successfully set safe and appropriate limits. 

Thanks to support from people like you, in 2018 we spoke to over 1000 people at conferences around the country about the benefits of games of all kinds, we provided training to over 400 medical and therapy professionals in the use of role-playing games for therapeutic growth, and provided one-on-one consultations to nearly two dozen individuals to assist the development of game-based programs in their own communities. We’ve offered guidance to individuals in seven countries around the world.

We want to accomplish even more in 2019.

We have projects that will only be brought to life with your support. We plan to expand programs even further, providing direct services to more youth across a larger area, and we plan to provide even more resources, materials, and training to support other professionals across the world. But that’s not all. Game to Grow’s services are currently focused on therapeutic social skills groups for youth, but our mission is broad and our aim is high. We have been coordinating with educators to provide school-based services using games to improve educational outcomes, build valuable 21st century skills, and reduce the impact of bullying. We are developing programs focusing on the use of games to help veterans and first-responders with PTSD, and to provide support services to incarcerated youth and adults.

Help us make this possible.  

Your support is critical. With your donations even more individuals can receive the support they need, either in our direct services, or through our training and outreach programs.  

Please make a donation today!

“I’m not sure what I would have done had we not found you. The counseling that has come from it, the connection and a place for [my son] to find some direction. When a parent is trying everything under the sun for their kid, with little success, finding a place that feels like “home” is life changing. I know [my son] still has a long way to go, but I’ve let go of the daily worry.”

-A Game to Grow Parent

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