Check out the Spring Fun Times which includes the School Schedule including many exciting classes and programs!!
Parents must complete a registration form for each youth program participant. Registration forms may be picked up at Weisser Park Youth Center.
PLEASE NOTE: Weisser Park Youth Center is CLOSED on 3/13. The Center will reopen on 3/14. All other Youth Centers are open.
Table & Board Games, Computer Lab, TV Time, Group Games, Playground
Children ages 5-18 learn African and African American history and culture and career options; learning the value of having a positive identity, sense of culture, unity , self-determination and making good career choices.
Simba Rites of Passage (boys) / Goddess Aset Rites of Passage (girls)
Youth ages 10-18 learn the skills necessary to transition into healthy, productive and positive young adults; learning the value of brotherhood/sisterhood, community service, exercise, good nutrition, etiquette, having respect and making positive choices. They also enjoy field trips and exposure to professionals, businesses, agencies, civic leaders and cultural events.
Akoma Dance Crew
Youth ages 5-18 learn the art of performance and competition in 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
Youth ages 5-11 learn the value of sportsmanship, being a scholar athlete and doing community service while learning basic basketball skills, rules and playing competitively. To participate in the league, participants must attend SBA Academy, Simba, Jump for Life or Goddess Aset.
Join in the FUN at the Community Unity Neighborhood Family Fun Nights. Read more...
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!!
THANK YOU parents for entrusting your children with us this summer for a fun and exciting learning experience. Hope to see you all and many more for our 2017 FREE Summer Playground Program. Check back in the spring for additional information.
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