Parents must complete a registration form for each youth program participant. Registration forms may be picked up at Weisser Park Youth Center.
Opportunity for youth to showcase their talents!
Staff provides homework assistance for students in pre-K through 12th grade.
Children ages 5-18 learn African and African-American history and culture and career options, the value of having a positive identity, sense of culture, unity , self-determination and making good career choices. They also visit with career professionals in a variety of fields.
Simba Rites of Passage
Boys ages 10-18 learn the skills necessary to transition into healthy, productive and positive young men; they learn the value of brotherhood, community service, exercise, good nutrition, etiquette, having respect and making positive choices. They also enjoy fieldtrips and exposure to professionals, businesses, agencies, civic leaders and cultural events.
Goddess Aset Rites of Passage
Girls ages 10 – 18 learn the skills necessary to transition into healthy, productive and positive young ladies; learning the value of sisterhood, community service, exercise, good nutrition, etiquette, having respect and making positive choices. They also enjoy fieldtrips and exposure to professionals, businesses, agencies, civic leaders and cultural events.
Akoma Dance Crew
Boys and girls 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 sportsmanship, being a scholar athlete and community service while learning the games basic skills, rules and playing competitively. Participants must be enrolled in the SBA Academy, Simba, Jump for Life or Goddess Aset programs.
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.
Children age 5-18, are served a FREE healthy, nutritious meal each weekday. Served 2:00-3:00 when FWCS is closed.
Pictures taken at Ma'at Youth Group-"Betta" album
Summer Programming at Weisser Center
The Neighborhood Recreation Center summer program will run June 4-July 27, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Weisser, Jennings and Cooper Centers. Field trips are scheduled throughout the summer for children who participate in the enrichment programs. Open swims will also be scheduled for each of the three centers. The Fort Wayne Community Schools Summer Lunch Program will provide free lunches each weekday between 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at all three sites. Stop by Jennings, Cooper or Weisser Center to complete a registration form. The activities at our Neighborhood Recreation Centers are FREE! For more information, please contact Zynette Paige (260.427.6780).
Special Events at Weisser Center
Community Unity Nights at Weisser Center
September 27, 5:30-7:30 pm
Saturday, June 16, 2 pm
Thursday, December 27, 6-8 pm
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!!
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