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The Community comes together to celebrate Juneteenth!


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Computer Assistance is offered



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SBA is offered for all ages!
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MAAT Youth Group performs after release of 1st album!
 

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Jump for Life topics include: healthy snacks, portion sizes, exercise and much more! 

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Assisting with Kid's Cafe

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Testimonials

I like the Center.  I've been coming here 3 years. Caprice B.

I like the Center because it is a safe place. Kaleb

It is very fun. Jaeme S.

I liked when we got to play pool. Tyrese A. Q.

This program helped me a lot. Alex

The Center is very helpful and changes a person's life around. Denzell H.

It helps with a lot of things.  It also teaches you to be respectful. Shairyia H.

I love coming to the Weisser Center because its really fun there.  Kaley W.

Since my daughter has particapted in your classes I have ntoiced a cahnge in her. She has become a psotiive person and is proud of herself and her heritage.  Heather J.

Very postiive and helps the youth excel.  Ms. C.

I like all programs and it is fun. Tori W.

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School Schedule
Winter session runs from January 14-May 11

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

 

Recreation

Table & Board Games, Computer Lab, TV Time, Group Games, Playground

Power Hour

Homework assistance

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Kids Café

Nutritious meals are provided for youth ages 5-18.

Wisercise

 A short exercise activity to get the youth moving and remind them of the benefits of daily exercise, good nutrition and general well-being.  

Imhotep Club

STEM activities encourage youth to be problem-solvers and critical thinkers by using hands-on activities that are both fun and challenging. Youth also will enjoy exposure to a variety of profession- als speaking with them about their careers.

Simba Rites of Passage

 

Boys ages 10-18 learn the skills necessary to tran- sition into healthy, productive and positive young men; brotherhood, community service, exercise, good nutrition, etiquette, having respect and mak- ing positive choices. They also enjoy fieldtrips and exposure to professionals, businesses, agencies, civic leaders and cultural events.

Show Time

Children have the opportunity to showcase their visual arts and talents. 

Goddess Aset Rites of Passage

Girls (ages 10-18) learn skills necessary to tran- sition into healthy, productive and positive young ladies; sisterhood, community service, exercise, good nutrition, etiquette, having respect and mak- ing positive choices. They also enjoy field trips and exposure to professionals, businesses, agencies, civic leaders and cultural events.

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Jump for Life

Children ages 5-9 learn the skills necessary to transition into positive, healthy and productive adolescents; learning the value of friendship, exercise, good nutrition, good hygiene, respect, manners and helping to keep our community safe and clean. 

Akoma Dance Crew

Youth ages 5-18 learn the art of performance and competition of a variety of dance styles and stepping; learning the value of unity, discipline, being focused and committed to excellence in performing arts. They participate in public performances throughout the year.

Akoben Basketball League

Boys and girls ages 5-11 learn the value of sports- manship, being a scholar athlete and community service while learning the games basic skills, rules and playing competitively. To participate in the league, participants must attend Simba, Imhotep Club or Goddess Aset.


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 Pictures taken at Ma'at Youth Group-"Betta" album

2019 Special Events  

Community & Family Engagement Nights

Thursdays (3rd Thursday of the month) 5:30-7:30pm

Sept. 19, 2019  (Weisser)  Oct. 17, 2019 (Jennings)    Nov. 21, 2019 (Faith United Methodist Church, 207 E. Dewald)

Door prizes, youth activities, light meal, and more!

 

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UBUNTU-A Celebration of Community

Join us at Indiana Tech's Multi-Flex Theatre on May 31 for live jazz with George Middleton, Jr. and local singer/songwriter Fatima Washington. All proceeds from the concert benefit the Jennings Recreation Center's Teenage Sunday Scholarship Fund. Call 438-2929 for ticket information.

Check out the UBUNTU flier for additional information

Juneteenth 2019 flyer

Community Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday, June 15,  2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Weisser Park Youth Center, 802 Eckart St.

  • Performances
  • Youth Activities
  • 3-on-3 Basketball Tourney
  • Free Hotdogs & Popcorn
  • Free Haircuts
  • Community Booths
  • Food and Merchandise for Sale
  • Live Concert 4-6 pm
  • FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The Community Juneteenth Celebration is sponsored by B96.9 and Wane 15.

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Fort Wayne Derby Girls

The Fort Wayne Derby Girls chose the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department Youth Centers as their charity recently and presented us with a check for $500!  Thanks to Kellie Adkins, Outdoor Education Supervisor for the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department AND member of the Derby Girls (pictured above with our kids and staff) for assisting with this effort!


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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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Brandon Gross from Troop 43 built five Free Little Libraries for his Eagle Scout Project. One of these free libraries he donated to Weisser Park Youth Center. He did this project so children can have books to read and come together and talk about what they have read. Brandon is pictured above with Facility Supervisor, Zynette Paige. Thank you Brandon for your willingness to share your talents with the youth of Weisser Center.

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Tours

Periodically Cultural Tours are led to such destinations as Ghana, West Africa or Washington D.C.           


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Field Trips

Periodically field trips are taken to places around the Fort Wayne area.

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WBNA Game

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!!

 

Summer Programming at Weisser Center

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Testimonials

This is a very nice program. Diane J.

Love and appreciate the program so kids can have something to do-meals and snack provided-I love Weisser- R. Little

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Special Note:
Weisser will be closed August 5-9. 
Youth are able to participate in programming at Jennings Center that week instead (12-5 pm).


Address:

802 Eckart Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46806
Directions
(260) 427-6780
 


Weisser Center Hours

Youth Center Hours
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M-Th 3-8 pm; Friday 3-6 pm
When FWCS are closed, 12-5 pm

A registration card must be completed and a Pick-Up Procedure form signed for each program participant. Forms are at the Center.

 

The Weisser Park Youth Center opened its doors in 1998. The 14,000 square foot facility houses: 

  • a computer center
  • an arts & crafts room
  • a library/resource/study center
  • a teen club/meeting room
  • an open lobby for unstructured recreation
  • a snack preparation station
  • a weight training room
  • a full service kitchen
  • a (27’ x 36’) multi-purpose/performing arts room equipped with a stage area and seating for over 300 people.

    The campus also has outdoor tennis and basketball courts and shared use of the Weisser Park School gymnasium.


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Staff

Chantell Davis, Manager of The Community Youth Centers

Zynette Paige, Facility Supervisor

Join our team!

Recreation Leaders engage and interact with youth, lead games, and provide guidance and mentoring at three community centers and in our Summer Playground program. Must be 18 or older, meet all qualifications and pass a background check and drug test.

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What's NEW

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Community Youth Center Summer Program

June 3 - July 26

Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Community Youth Center summer program will run June 3-July 26, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Weisser,The Community Youth Center summer program will run June 3-July 26, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Weisser,Jennings and Cooper Centers. Field trips are scheduled throughout the summer for children who participate in the enrichment programs. Open swims will also be scheduled for each of the three centers. The Fort Wayne Community Schools Summer Lunch Program will provide free lunches each weekday between 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at all three sites. Stop by Jennings, Cooper or Weisser Center to complete a registration form. The activities at our Community Youth Centers are FREE! For more information, please contact the coordinator at each center.

Weisser Park Youth Center
802 Eckert St.
427-6780
Supervisor: Zynette Paige

Cooper Community Center
2300 Clinton & Creighton
427-6728
Supervisor: Michael Ayers

Jennings Recreation Center
1330 McCulloch St.
427-6700
Supervisor: Michael Ayers

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UBUNTU-A Celebration of Community

Join us at Indiana Tech's Multi-Flex Theatre on May 31 for live jazz with George Middleton, Jr. and local singer/songwriter Fatima Washington. All proceeds from the concert benefit the Jennings Recreation Center's Teenage Sunday Scholarship Fund. Call 438-2929 for ticket information.

Check out the UBUNTU flier for additional information

Juneteenth 2019 flyer

Community Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday, June 15,  2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Weisser Park Youth Center, 802 Eckart St.

  • Performances
  • Youth Activities
  • 3-on-3 Basketball Tourney
  • Free Hotdogs & Popcorn
  • Free Haircuts
  • Community Booths
  • Food and Merchandise for Sale
  • Live Concert 4-6 pm
  • FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The Community Juneteenth Celebration is sponsored by B96.9 and Wane 15.

B 969 No BG                                            WANE 15 Logo

 

2019 Scholarship Application   

The 2019 Scholarship Application and all other documentations are due to the Jennings Center by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2019.  2019 Scholarship Application Form

Interviews will be scheduled on May 21th or 22nd 2019. 

It is advised that the applicant must visit and research the Jennings Recreation Center prior to the interviews.  

All candidates must attend the Teenage Sunday event on June 2, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. as the Scholarship winners will be announced at this time and you MUST be present to receive the Scholarship. 



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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 Weisser! 

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Programs

The Center is fully staffed to serve as a primary after-school alternative and a safe haven for neighborhood youth. During Center hours, children may play unstructured games or table games (air hockey, foosball, pool, etc.); create art or craft projects; use educational or recreational software in the computer room; study, read or do research in the resource room; exercise and work out in the weight training room; or just relax and enjoy the company of friends. For more about core programs: CLICK HERE 

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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High Achievers

Weisser Center High Achiever Alumni

Adrian Curry  Morehouse College
Denzel Hayden, Miles College

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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