School Year Youth Programs

Winter programming runs from January 14-May 11

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


Power Hour

Homework assistance.

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Coop Fun Fit Exercise

Children have fun learning the skills necessary to live a healthy and fit life. This program is fun and interactive for all youth. Includes Parkview's Healthy Seeds program.

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Kids Café

Children age 5-18, are served a FREE healthy, nutritious meal each weekday. Served 2:00-3:00 when FWCS is closed.

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Path to Manhood

Life skills program designed to give boys the tools necessary to be successful in their life endeavors.

Coed Life Skills

These life skills programs are designed to teach elementary through high school youth etiquette, mannerisms, respect for self and others, social skills, positive behavior and decision making. They will work together on community service projects and more to help them become successful and productive young adults.

School Success Celebration

Youth meet with partner FWPD officer to share school accomplishments. Partner FWPD officer leads group in a vote for Student of the Week.

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Imagine, Design, Create

Make fun, creative crafts for gifts or to keep and display!

Lakeside Basketball League

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

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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

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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 or find her on Facebook at HopeBooksFW.  

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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!!


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