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School Year Youth Programs

Parents must complete a registration form for each youth program participant.  Registration forms may be picked up at Jennings Recreation Center.

Homework Assistance

Homework assistance and tutoring; Clever Crazes computer activity (online STEM education games)

Everlasting Fitness

Exercise, nutrition and hygiene; exposure to health related businesses within the community; preparing healthy meals and snacks.

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Ms. Lovie Kids Cafe

Nutritious meal prepared and served on-site




Rite of passage program teaches young women life skills, self-care, character building, respect for self and others, discipline, manners and etiquette.

Boys to Men

Rite of passage program teaches young men life skills, self-care, character building, respect for self and others, discipline, manners and etiquette.


Healthy Seeds

This Parkview sponsored program teaches kids about nutrition and other healthy habits.


Friday Schedule

3:00-3:30 p.m.   Computer Room/ Game              
                                Room/ Playground Area
3:30-4:30 p.m.   Kids Café
4:30-5:45 p.m.   Open Recreation
5:45-6:00 p.m.   Backpack Program/ clean-up


Crafting Around

A variety of craft activities are available for children to make and take.


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Structured and unstructured free time such as board games, outdoor play, field games.

Basketball Program/Leagues

6:00-8:00 p.m. at Lakeside M.S.

Tuesdays ages 7-11, Thursdays ages 12-16

Our basketball program is designed to help children and teens develop basketball skills..


Family-friendly movies are shown every Thursday evening.  

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Ivy Tech Career Program

Youth learn about career opportunities.

Upcoming Special Events  

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Neighborhood Family Fun Nights

October 15

Weisser Park Youth Center, 802 Eckart St.

November 19

Faith United Methodist Church, 207 E. Dewald

December 17

Jennings Recreation Center, 1330 McCulloch

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Program from 6:00-7:15 followed by a meal. You must be present for the program to receive a ticket for meal and prizes. Questions? Call 427-5966.


Heroes and Hoops

Honoring Jeron Lewis

Saturday, September 14

Jennings Recreation Center

Join us for a special day filled with fun learning activities, a youth basketball tourney, games, prizes and food for the whole family. The event will honor Jennings Center alumnus and donor hero Jeron Lewis.

10 am-1pm         Family Health and Resource Fair

10 am- 3pm        Youth Basketball Competition

1:30 pm                Program Honoring Jeron Lewis


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Fort Wayne Derby Girls

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At Jennings Recreation Center we offer plenty of opportunities for activities of all sorts!   

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Enjoy our newly remodeled Fitness Studio.  We have added fresh paint and duraflex flooring that is resilient and provides a safe environment for multi-functional, plyometric and group exercise activities.

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Youth & Adult Fitness Classes

Kids 5 and up are able to be registered for the after school program and participate in programming while adults are in the fitness studio.  Kids fitness is available during after school programming for registered students. 

Jennings Creative Dance

Student learns a variety of dance style, including hip hop breakdance in this fun, interactive program. The dedication and commitment required of students and parents is evident in the performance showcase.

Basketball Program/Leagues 

Our basketball program is designed to help youth (8-16)  develop basketball skills. This program also helps build self-confidence, develop leadership ability and promote sportsmanship.


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A big congratulations to the Jennings Center Fitness & Wellness crew! The ladies participated in the 9th annual Saint Francis Formula for Life Walk/Run. It was the first time many of the ladies participated in a run/walk and they all finished! If you'd like to learn how to get involved with JC Fitness and Wellness, contact Chantell Davis at 427-5966.

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JC Fitness Studio - Fitness Class
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

JC Fitness Studio is located inside the Jennings Recreation Center at 1330 McCulloch St. and offers a FREE quality fitness. Join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. for Total Body Fusion. Special classes such as Cardio Kickboxing and Cardio Rhythms are occasionally held at Weisser Park Youth Center (802 Eckart St.) and are led by various instructors from Strength Factory in Indianapolis. These special classes require a $5 drop-in fee. Join us on Saturday, May 19 at 2:30 p.m. for Cardio Rhythms. Call 427-5966 for more information.

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Hope Books

Katie Dorsey has a passion for reading and giving back to the community.  Katie will be at select special events throughout the year at Jennings, Cooper, and Weisser Youth Centers distributing FREE books.  Thank you Katie for sharing your love of reading to others. To find out more about Katie and her organization Hope Books read below.

Katie Dorsey started Hope Books in March 2015. It started as a challenge to create a take a book, leave a book box. After seeing how many children came into Community Harvest Food Bank she decided that was where she wanted to place her box. The program evolved from there to include Boys and Girls Club, The Urban League and several Community Centers in downtown Fort Wayne, along with various other locations. Nearly all of the new and gently used books are donated. Since March 2015 she has given away over 7000 books to kids in our community who may not have the opportunity to own a book otherwise.  Katie says, "My favorite part of this program is seeing the children's face light up when I hand them a book and tell them it is theirs to keep. It reminds me why I do this. Through Hope Books kids will grow a passion for books and learning that will help them succeed in the future. " You can find out more about what Katie is doing through Hope Books by visiting HopeBooksFW.blogspot.com or find her on Facebook at HopeBooksFW.

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Team Read

Team Read is a group from ACPL that comes to Jennings one time a week for an hour (as well as visits other centers and some playgrounds). Team Read employees read to and with the children as well as listen to them read and play games with them.

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Basic gardening skills are being taught to the youth by Lynda Heavrin, Manager of Landscape & Horticulture. The students have an outside area where they have planted various plants to take care of and watch grow. The students will be able to harvest these herbs, fruit and vegetables and make dishes at the center as well as possibly take them home and use them for their own families. If you would like to see a list of the plants the youth are growing, check out the following: Jennings Center Plants

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Thank you to the Indiana Fever, Jr. NBA and NRPA for making a trip possible for 47 youth to attend a recent WBNA game (Indianapolis Fever vs. LA Sparks). The youth and adult chaperones had a wonderful time-even though it was a very late night!!


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This is a very good program. Z.

I believe it is a must and a coming together of the community. S.F.

The program is good. J.R.

It is a good afternoon program. Derrick N.

I love it.  Been going here for awhile and I have learned many things that apply to my life. C. Beemon

The entire staff is committed to developing the character of youth.  Tony P.

This is the best place that I have ever went to!!!  Max P.

I really enjoyed having to help others with their math and other stuff.   Austin H.

Excellent jobs with all the kids. I hope it keeps going.   Tom S.

The youth programs at the Jennings Center have been instrumental in my son's character development.  Anthony  P. Jr.

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Special Note:

On Oct. 3rd the Community Youth Centers staff will be at a training all day (Great Kids make Great Communities).

We will NOT open for youth on this day. We will reopen on Friday Oct. 4th at 3pm for our normal Friday programming (3p-6p).


 The Albert G. Jennings Center

1330 McCulloch Street
(260) 427-6700

Jennings Center continues to fulfill its unique mission, by providing activities for people of all ages in such areas as athletics, club organization, crafts, skill development and food service. All activities are supervised by a highly committed and trained staff. All programs are free. 

Jennings Center Hours

August 13-September 6, M-F 3-6 pm
September 9-December 20: M-Th 3:00-8:00 p.m.; Fri 3-6 pm
When FWCS are closed, 12-5 pm

Parents must complete a registration form for each youth program participant. Registration forms may be picked up at Jennings Recreation Center.

All programs are offered FREE of charge. View an on-line Schedule  



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After-School Time FUN!

The Parks and Recreation Department's three community youth centers offer a safe, fun environment for after-school hours. School age youth are encouraged to do homework, play, and enjoy a nourishing evening meal. All programming is FREE! 

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Chantell Davis, Manager of The Community Youth Centers
Michael Ayers, Facility Supervisor

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Purdue Cardinal Community Hoops & Managed Health Services (MHS) Donate Funds to Improve Basketball Court at Jennings Recreation Center

Read more about this great investment in the youth of this community! 

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Thanks to our volunteers for assisting with the Great American Clean-up!  We cleaned up yards for the elderly in the area. 

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The Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department’s Partner Officer Program received the 2018 Innovative Program Award during the 2019 Indiana Parks and Recreation Association (IPRA) Conference in French Lick.

The Partner Officer Program began in the three Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation youth centers in January 2018. Uniformed, off-duty Fort Wayne police officers work at the three Youth Centers to play with, help, and serve kids who spend their afternoons there. In local schools they are called Resource Officers, and in Youth Centers, these Partner Officers are becoming regular fixtures, with center participants knowing them as the great people they are—not just uniforms they only see at crime scenes.

Check out Facebook and Twitter for information about Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation including information on Jennings!

Check out the NEW East Central Neighborhood Blog and learn more about what is happening in our community 


Youth Scholarship Information

Jennings Recreation Center Scholarships are given out yearly at Teenage Sunday, which is the 1st Sunday in June each year to selected college bound Freshmen. We rely heavily on donations from the community to make these scholarships possible. Scholarships range from $300-$500.

Jennings Recreation Center is the oldest standing neighborhood community center in Fort Wayne.  The philosophy of the center has always been a positive, fun and safe atmosphere for the youth of the community. The center is a safe haven for children and promotes positive interaction and behavior plus allows relief for parents knowing their children are being fed, engaged and taken care of daily. That same philosophy stands today.

The first scholarship was given in 1958 to Charles Jackson. He is currently still participating with Jennings Recreation Center. He is on the advisory Council Board and he participates in the annual Wassail event.

While at Jennings Recreation Center, children learn and develop lifelong skills. These skills include: educational, nutritional, exercise, recreational as well as a variety of others. What they learn will be stepping stones from childhood through adulthood.  

Please consider giving a donation towards this worthy cause!

Donate NOW!

For those students that are interested in the Jennings Recreation Center Scholarship please contact your guidance counselor or stop by Jennings Recreation Center to pick up an application. 

2020 Scholarship Application   

Information on the 2020 Scholarship will be available in the spring.

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Recent Scholarship Recipients

2019 Cydney Bridges & Sydney Gilbert

2018 Aschlee Holloway & Alyson Harrison

2017 Dennis Johnson & Jordan Bridges both attending Purdue University

2016 Deon Palmer- Mott Community College (MI)

2015 Desmon Davis- Trine University (Angola, IN)

2014 Karris Sims-  Ivy Tech and Shaquan Archie- Ivy Tech (FTW)

2013 Aric Curry- Ivy Tech and William Holley Jr- Ivy Tech (FTW)

2012 Denzel Hayden- Miles College (AL)  and Kristina Harrington- IPFW and Aaren Curry- Spellman(ATL)

Jennings Center High Achiever Alumni

Bianca Woods-Saint Francis
Jayla Starks-Grace Imani Freeman-Missouri
Kahita Collins-Indiana Wesleyan
Eshuante' Jones-Nebraska
Demarlo Belcher-Indiana
Reginald Hearn-Northwestern
Denzel Hayden, Miles College
Kristina Harrington, IPFW
Aric Curry, Ivy Tech
William Holley, Jr., Ivy Tech

Twenty-first Century Scholars Program

The Twenty-first Century Scholars program is an income-eligible program for families in Indiana. Students in the 6th, 7th or 8th grade who qualify for the program can receive up to four years of college tuition to attend an eligible Indiana public or private college or university.

You can learn more about the scholarship program by applying online at www.scholars.in.gov

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