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Run Around

  • For Ages 14+

  • For 2 to 4 players

The Run Around is a board game that represents our lived experiences in the cradle-to-prison pipeline. The goal of the game is to simply get home.

The Story Behind
The Run Around 

In February 2021, we released The Run Around, a board game that represents our lived experiences in the cradle-to-prison pipeline.


For over a year, we gathered (in-person and virtually) to compile research and share their stories, challenges, and triumphs, pouring that into a game that authentically communicated the emotional, mental, and spiritual bondage the juvenile justice system creates. Our hope is that everyone who plays this game understands what supports were needed before we were swept into the system and while we were in the throes of it. Since its release, The Run Around has been shared with educators, law enforcement officials, and community stakeholders nationwide, winning a gold medal in the category of Educational Tabletop Games at Serious Games' 2021 Serious Play Awards for the intentionality of its design and the authenticity of its narrative.

Photos of The Run Around

Deepen play with our Facilitator Guide

The Run Around: Facilitator Guide was created for those who are interested in learning more about the cradle-to-prison pipeline and dismantling racial inequities within it. The guide supports you in facilitating transformational play sessions of

The Run Around with others. Throughout, the guide you will find statistics, resources, and facts about the cradle-to-prison pipeline to support your knowledge, as well as Player-Stakeholder Profiles that support you in meaningfully engaging with different player-stakeholder groups.

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