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.
Table & Board Games, Computer Lab, TV Time, Group Games, Playground
Nutritious meals are provided for youth ages 5-18.
A short exercise activity to get the youth moving and remind them of the benefits of daily exercise, good nutrition and general well-being.
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.
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.
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.
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
March 21, 2019 (Jennings) April 18, 2019 (Faith United Methodist Church, 207 E. Dewald)
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
Tour of Ghana, West Africa Tour of Washington DC with Anthony Browder
Periodically Cultural Tours are led to such destinations as Ghana, West Africa or Washington D.C.
Periodically field trips are taken to places around the Fort Wayne area.
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
2019 Will be a great summer in the park!
It’s going to be a great summer in the park and you are invited to join the fun! Kickball, t-ball, bumper pool, Mancala, basketball, arts & crafts and field trips program are just a few of the fun and exciting activities planned for our summer playground program. All seven playground sites are supervised by qualified, trained staff. Children are free to come and go as they please. The program is FREE and is open to boys and girls ages 5 and older. FREE lunches are provided daily by Fort Wayne Community Schools. Each park will host a FREE summer carnival featuring games, food and fun for kids and their families. Stop by Jennings, Cooper, or Weisser Center to complete a registration form. Parents must complete a registration form for each child at their first visit. For more information, please call Chantell at 427-5966.
The Summer Playground Program is a Walk in/Walk Out facility for children. To learn more, check out the Walk in/Walk out flier.
Playground Program Locations
Spring & Cherokee
Carnival: June 13, 5-7 pm
1401 Lake & Vermont
Carnival: June 27, 5-7 pm
Gay & Lewis Mondays 3-5 pm
(Youth Basketball 9 & under)
Carnival: July 11, 5-7 pm
Lafayette Espl. & Sherwood Ter
Carnival: July 18, 5-7 pm
2301 Maumee & Glasgow
Carnival: July 19, 5-7 pm
Kaboom Play Day: July 25, 5-7 pm
The enrichment program is an interactive review in math, reading and language arts skills. All of the activities are designed to keep your child engaged, using and building the skills he or she has learned in school as well as learning something new. Some of the activities include sparkle spelling, bingo math, chalkboard races, free writes, storytelling, grade appropriate worksheets, crosswords and more.
Character Building/Etiquette Program
Helping children learn, develop and grow is the purpose of this program. Designed to teach life skills and build self-esteem our Character Building/Etiquette Program helps participants reach their academic potential; succeed in the workplace; live happy, worthy and fulfilling personal lives; and become engaged, responsible and productive citizens. All ages are invited to participate in the programs.
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