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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 Cooper Community Center.


Our basketball program is designed to help young children and teens develop basketball skills. This program also helps build self-confidence, leadership and sportsmanship.

Building Bridges: Respect and Etiquette Edition

This life skills program is designed to give all students the tools to help them be successful in life.

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

Financial Literacy with Flagstar Bank

Youth ages 9-13 are invited to participate in this 4-week program on Thursdays 4:00-5:00 p.m. where they will learn the importance of saving, having a bank account at a young age and needs vs. wants.

Healthy Seeds

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

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Imagine, Design, Create

Children express themselves through art.

Power Hour

Homework assistance and academic enrichment.


Students enjoy leisure time with board games, TV, computers, bumper pool, ping-pong, foosball, playground and more.

School Success Celebration

Led by our FWPD Partner Officer, youth discuss school highlights, behavior, social and life skills.


Students participate in activities that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

What’s Cooking

Easy, mouthwatering recipes are made from scratch by children to eat and share with the community.

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Kids’ Café

In partnership with Community Harvest Food Bank, children age 5-18, are served a FREE healthy, nutritious meal each weekday. Served 2:00-2:30 p.m. when FWCS is closed.

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Special Events


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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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 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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