ADVANCING THE WAY
GAMES ADVANCE US
The iThrive Games Foundation works to benefit teens at the intersection of game development, education, and mental health. We strive to foster and enhance empathy, creative thinking, problem-solving, and other social and emotional skills using games.
We apply co-design, evidence-based practices, and systems thinking to drive innovation around games as a medium for change, growth, and exploration of self and the wider world. We embrace diverse perspectives and believe in building supportive, inclusive, and equitable communities.
Our team of social and emotional learning experts, game developers, psychologists, and mental health professionals collaborates and co-designs with teens, game developers, publishers, studios, and universities to create meaningful and equitable game-based learning experiences. We partner both with teens and the people and organizations who impact the gameful spaces they inhabit.
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The summer I was 14, I saved the world for the first time. I also attempted to destroy it, spied on the Illuminati, and journeyed into the underworld, all in the span of two weeks. That’s what happens when you go off to a summer camp for live action role playing or...read more
iThrive co-designs games with teens, educators, mental health experts, and professional game developers to discover how play and design can empower teens to thrive. But why do we care about teens? First of all, we know teens face tremendous pressures. Just a few of...read more
The first weekend of October, iThrive staff made their way to Montréal, Canada to co-host the JamNATION game jam. The jam was the perfect opportunity to test two shiny new Design Kits we developed with expert devs and scholars at this fall’s iThrive Design Hive:...read more
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