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What is Game Changer?

Game Changer is a nerd nonprofit that teaches kids how to learn through games. Now in its third year, Game Changer uses strategic card, board, and role-playing games infused with an educational and social/emotional curriculum to create excitement about learning and growing.

OUR STORY

Our founder, Phil Zoshak, wasn’t exactly a model student growing up. He struggled early with reading and writing, was put into remedial classes, and as a result was unmotivated to learn. This all changed with a game. When he was 14, a friend invited him to play a game of Dungeons & Dragons with her friends at a local game store. From the second he picked up the funky-looking dice, he knew this was something he wanted to be a part of. What he didn’t know at the time was that it would change the way he thought about education.

The more he played, the more he learned, picking up the skills he needed to be successful in school, learning became accessible to him through gaming. More importantly still, gaming gave him the confidence he needed to succeed not just in school, but in all aspects of life. Thanks to games like Dungeons & Dragons, Phil was no longer averse to reading and writing. He would become a voracious reader of fantasy novels, which led him to an appreciation for all things literature. Phil would often come home after a night of gaming with his friends and chronicle their adventures of the evening. This little practice would develop into a life-long passion for creative writing. Finally, hanging out with friends and creating a social circle, helped a shy, quiet teenager find the community he longed for. All of these good things came out of a simple game. You could say that learning through play was a Game Changer in Phil’s life…but that would be corny.

Learning through play can open a whole new world for kids, but don’t just take our word. Below are some links to great articles about learning through games like Dungeons & Dragons. If you are more interested in the academic side of gaming in education, please contact us or visit our Programs page.

– New York Times: Dungeons and Dragons as a Literary Tool
– The Verge: What Dungeons and Dragons is really about
10 Reasons Why Roleplaying Games Are a Positive Force for Kids and Adults Alike

Our Mission

We believe that gaming provides multiple ways to learn, helping each individual student find the path right for themselves. We believe that failure in a safe environment brings comfort in risk-taking and gaming provides that safe place to fail in a stress-free environment.

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Events

Stay up-to-date with our latest programs, camps, and special events!

Writing Adventures Summer Camp

June 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Place: Campus Cards and Games 2 116 South Semoran Boulevard Winter Park, FL 32792

Magic: The Gathering Summer Camp

June 12, 2017 at 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Place: Mana Tide Games 1740 FL-436, #112 Winter Park, FL 32729

Kid’s Gaming Summer Camp

June 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Place: Campus Cards and Games 2 116 South Semoran Boulevard Winter Park, FL 32792

Dungeons & Dragons @ Orlando Public Library! (Free Program!)

September 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Place: Orlando Public Library 101 E. Central Blvd. Orlando, FL 32801

Magic: The Gathering:

October 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Place: TBA

Magic: The Gathering

October 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Place: TBA

Dungeons & Dragons

September 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Place: TBA

Dungeons & Dragons

September 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Place: TBA

Open House

September 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Place: TBA

SRP: Game Changer: A Dungeons and Dragons(TM) Writing Adventure

June 22, 2015 at 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Place: Orlando Public Library Children's Department

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  • 101 East Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32801
  • 386-316-7096
  • phil@gamechangerorlando.org