School Year Youth Programs
Parents must complete a registration form for each youth program participant. Registration forms may be picked up at Jennings Recreation Center.
The School Schedule for Jennings Center is now available.
At Jennings Recreation Center we offer plenty of opportunities for activities of all sorts!
Ms. Lovie’s Kids’ Café
Children, ages 5-18 are served a healthy, nutritious meal each weekday.
Staff provide homework assistance and tutoring.
Boys to Men/Sisterhood
These life skills programs are designed to give elementary, middle and high school boys and girls the tools that will help them be successful in their life endeavors.
Boys and girls learn respect, etiquette and life skills that will prepare them for success in their life endeavors.
This exercise, nutrition and hygiene program for youth ages 4-15 features fieldtrips involving swimming, hair, skin and nail care and dining. Children are exposed to health related businesses within the community and learn how to prepare healthy meals and snacks.
Arts and Crafts
Make fun, creative crafts.
Family-friendly, free movies.
Enjoy our newly remodeled Fitness Studio. We have added fresh paint and duraflex flooring that is resilient and provides
a safe environment for multi-functional, plyometric and group exercise activities.
Youth & Adult Fitness Classes
Kids 5 and up are able to be registered for the after school program and participate in programming while adults are in the fitness studio. Kids fitness is available during after school programming for registered students.
Jennings Jewels Dance Group
Students learn a variety of dance styles in this fun, interactive program. The dedication and commitment required of student and parents is evident in the performance showcase.
Our basketball program is designed to help children and teens develop basketball skills. This program also helps build self-confidence, develop leadership ability and promote sportsmanship.
JC Hip Hop Line Dance
Hip Hop fun for all ages!
JC Fitness for Adults
Exercise class for adults of all fitness levels.
Starts on September 12 at 7 pm.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:45 pm
No 2 classes are the same! Every class you attend will challenge, motivate, and push you while empowering you to gain strength, focus and confidence. You will dig deep within to move forward in your health and fitness journey but you never know what type of class you're going to get because it is a surprise every time! Some days may be intermediate/high cardio routines, strength training, plyometric, body-weight training, conditioning or a little bit of everything. Bottom line, you’ll get a great total body workout and you will challenge your aerobic and anaerobic thresholds every time. Come prepared to sweat, breathe hard and get #HealthyFit#!
This class is for all levels of fitness. Modifications are available for exercises if needed.
W.I.T.S and YMCA Certified Instructor: Chantell Davis
Sunday, December 4, 4:00 p.m.
Jennings Recreation Center
Operation Stocking Stuffer
Thursday, December 15, 6:00 p.m.
Weisser Park Youth Center
17th Annual Black History Bowl
Wednesday, February 22, 6:00 p.m.
Weisser Park Youth Center.
Call Michael Ayers at 427-6700 or 479- 8588 for more information.
A Celebration of Community featuring:
Sonny Charles of the Checkmates
Jennings Center & Weisser Center staff & youth assisted with serving the food.
Staff & youth also assisted with hosting & helping where needed.
Condra Ridley couldn't resist taking a photo of Sonny Charles!
Thanks to members of the Jennings Center Advisory Committee and other caring adults we were able to enjoy a very successful evening celebrating our Youth Scholarship program! If you would like to learn more about the Youth Scholarship program check out the Jennings Center link.
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.
Team Read is a group from ACPL that comes to Jennings one time a week for an hour (as well as visits other centers and some playgrounds). Team Read employees read to and with the children as well as listen to them read and play games with them.
Basic gardening skills are being taught to the youth by Lynda Heavrin, Manager of Landscape & Horticulture. The students have an outside area where they have planted various plants to take care of and watch grow. The students will be able to harvest these herbs, fruit and vegetables and make dishes at the center as well as possibly take them home and use them for their own families. If you would like to see a list of the plants the youth are growing, check out the following: Jennings Center Plants
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.