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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.

Parkview Healthy Seeds

Parkview representatives are sewing the seeds of healthy nutrition in our youth.

Ivy Tech Career Program

Youth learn about career opportunities.

Ms. Lovie’s Kids’ Café  

Children age 5-18, are served a healthy, nutritious meal each weekday. Served 2:00-3:00 when FWCS is closed.

Study Club

Staff provides homework guidance and assistance.

Crafting Around

Youth will create fun crafts for gifts and display.

Boys to Men/ Sisterhood

These life skills programs are designed to teach elementary through high school youth etiquette, mannerisms, respect for self and others, social skills, positive behavior and decision making. They will work together on community service projects and more to help them become successful and productive young adults.

Show Time

Opportunity for youth to showcase their talents!

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Photo: Girls Rock Tea Event at the Fort Wayne Country Club


Youth learn acceptable social behavior.

Everlasting Fitness

Everlasting Fitness is an exercise and nutrition program for children of all ages. Youth enjoy a variety of health and nutrition related field trips within the community and learn how to prepare simple, healthy meals and snacks.

Summer Programming at Jennings 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 Michael Ayers (260.427.6700).

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Upcoming Special Events  

18th Annual Black History Bowl
Wednesday, February 21, 6 pm
Weisser Park Youth Center

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Community Unity Nights at Jennings Recreation Center
March 22, 5:30-7:30 pm
October 25, 5:30-7:30 pm

Teenage Sunday
June 3, 3-6 pm
Jennings Recreation Center

Wassail Celebration
December 2, 4-6 pm
Jennings Recreation Center

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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!

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At Jennings Recreation Center we offer plenty of opportunities for activities of all sorts! 

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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.

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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 Creative Dance

Student learns a variety of dance style, including hip hop breakdance in this fun, interactive program. The dedication and commitment required of students and parents is evident in the performance showcase.

Basketball Program/Leagues 

Our basketball program is designed to help youth (8-16)  develop basketball skills. This program also helps build self-confidence, develop leadership ability and promote sportsmanship.


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A big congratulations to the Jennings Center Fitness & Wellness crew! The ladies participated in the 9th annual Saint Francis Formula for Life Walk/Run. It was the first time many of the ladies participated in a run/walk and they all finished! If you'd like to learn how to get involved with JC Fitness and Wellness, contact Chantell Davis at 427-5966.

JC Fitness Studio - Fitness Class
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

This free exercise class is for adults of all fitness levels and taught by a certified instructor.

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A Celebration of Community featuring:
Sonny Charles of the Checkmates 

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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.

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Hope Books

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 or find her on Facebook at HopeBooksFW.

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Team Read

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.

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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

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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!!

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