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 Jenning Center Opens!
The Albert G. Jennings Center
1330 McCulloch Street
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
M-Th 3:00-8:00 p.m.; Fri 3-6 pm
When FWCS are closed, 12-5 pm
Chantell Davis, Manager of The Community Youth Centers
Michael Ayers, Facility Supervisor
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.
Jennings Center staff enjoys sharing the love of reading with the students.
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!
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!
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.
2021 Scholarship Application
Information on the 2021 Scholarship will be available in the spring.
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
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