The kids & staff visit Jennings Center
Starting November 23, 2020-January 19, 2021 all Youth Centers will be transitioning to virtual programs as the Youth Centers will be closed. Cooper, Jennings & Weisser will start virtual programming Monday-Friday at 4:00 pm and McMillen Community Center will have virtual programming starting at 3:30 pm. Please register at your Youth Center of choice and call if you have any questions.
Please check out this link to learn more about the Fall/Winter program and how to register for Virtual Programming.
Youth Centers to provide Free Dinners for Children
Starting Monday November 23, Free Dinners will be available Monday-Friday on a first come/first served basis. Check out the press release for the timing for each center and additional details.
Information starting January 19, 2021 when Cooper Community Center Opens!
2300 Clinton & Lafayette
Cooper Center continues to fulfill its unique mission, by providing activities for youth in such areas as athletics, crafts, skill development and food service. All activities are supervised by a highly committed and trained staff. All programs are free.
Cooper Center Hours:
Hours: M-Th 3:30-8:00 p.m.; Fri 3:30-6 pm (Please note, on Monday, September 14th Cooper will start at 3:30 pm)
When FWCS are closed, 12-5 pm
The 2021 Scholarship Application and all other documentations will be available in the spring.
Interviews will be scheduled in May of 2021.
It is advised that the applicant must visit and research the (in June) as the Scholarship winners will be announced at this time and you MUST be present to receive the Scholarship.
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.
Chantell Davis, Manager of The Community Youth Centers
Michael Ayers, Coordinator
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 Cooper!
We have created a new link with information on all the Youth Programs at Cooper!
Check out the NEW East Central Neighborhood Blog and learn more about what is happening in our community
Cooper Center High Achiever Alumni
Antonio Wilson, Northside High School
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
It is fun at Cooper they have a lot of games. Xavier
My daughter enjoys the crafts, games, field trips, and making new friends. Melissa G.
I am so happy that there is a place for my children to go where they are loved and cared for. Staff at Cooper Center are interactive, and friendly and have great ideas. My children talk about them often. Tonya O.
I love the field trips and party ideas Ms.Camille has. I love how she gives each child an African name. The spirit is lively and safe. Callie B.