Game to Grow

A nonprofit organization

$8,505 raised by 49 donors

100% complete

$3,000 Goal

Gimme 5! Celebrating 5 years of Life-Affirming Magic Social Play!

When Game to Grow launched in 2017 we were focused on bringing the life-affirming magic of social play to people in Seattle, Tacoma and the Eastside. Today we have grown to serve 150 players from all over the world each week in therapeutic gaming groups, provide robust training in applied games to mental health professionals, educators, and community members, and offer individual counseling services. We are dedicated to the use of games for therapeutic, educational, and community growth and are proud to be a leader known for moving the field of applied games forward!


Here’s what we do:

Therapeutic game-based social groups: Game to Grow groups are a safe, supportive, and fun environment for our youth and adult participants to improve social confidence, reduce isolation, and form friendships that last. We honor neurodiversity, never assuming a deficit that needs correcting, and support participants to flourish on their own terms. In addition to our open-enrollment tabletop role-playing (TTRPG) and Minecraft programs, we also offer groups specifically for hospitalized youth, youth in the foster care system, and LGBTQ+ youth. 

Trainings in the Game to Grow Method: We train others to use games to benefit their own communities! Our comprehensive training offerings for mental health professionals, educators, and community members are our best multipliers of our impact - bringing inclusive, supportive games to people around the world. Live and on-demand trainings and workshops are available no matter where you are in your applied TTRPG journey – from “never picked up a die” to “expert GM” – we have trainings designed to support you.

Individual counseling services: Game to Grow provides individual counseling and psychological assessment services in-house so we can better support our participants. It’s a virtuous cycle of information-sharing that allows our therapists and facilitators to collaborate to best meet our participants’ needs. Our therapists speak the language of game lovers - which allows us to meet challenges and breakthroughs with a language of shared joy!


Here’s where you come in:

We’re celebrating our 5th birthday and we need your support to ensure Game to Grow is able to keep growing and improving our services for the next 5, 15, and 50 years! 

Demand for our programs skyrocketed when the world embraced virtual life, and we must continue to meet that demand as we resume in-person programming. Your support makes it possible for us to bring on additional facilitators, create more groups for specific individuals (such as trans youth and an adult women’s group), improve the accessibility of our on-demand trainings, and support our alumni and older teens by offering new ways for them to engage as peer mentors and game masters. 

We believe that the sense of joy, wonder, and inclusion that intentional gaming brings should be available to everyone. Each new group we run, each facilitator we hire, and each training we provide gets us closer to that goal. Your GiveBIG gift makes this possible!

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Game to Grow

Tax id (EIN)

82-1306872

Category

Mental Health

Demographics

Youth & Children, LGBTQ+

Address

12025 115TH AVE NE BUILDING D STE 215
KIRKLAND, WA 98034

Service areas 0

Seattle, WA, US

King County, WA, US

Pierce County, WA, US

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