School Year Youth Programs
Parents must complete a registration form for each youth program participant. Registration forms may be picked up at Cooper Community Center.
Check out the Spring Fun Times which includes the School Schedule including many exciting classes and programs.
Jump for Life
Children ages 5-9 learn the skills necessary to transition into positive, healthy and productive adolescents: friendship, exercise, good nutrition, good hygiene, respect, manners and helping to keep our community safe and clean.
Respect and Etiquette Edition – This life skills program is designed to give all students the tools that will help them be successful in their life endeavors.
Children are served a healthy, nutritious meal.
The Mad Batters Baking Club
Easy mouthwatering and useful recipes are made from scratch by children to eat and share with the community!
Freedom of Expression
Art, poetry, stories, singing and dancing; a weekly show-and-tell!
Arts and Crafts and Balloon Sculpting
Make fun, creative crafts for gifts or to keep and display!
Akoben Basketball League
Youth 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.
Lakeside Basketball League
Our basketball program is designed to help children and teens (ages 12+) develop basketball skills. This program also helps build self-confidence, develop leadership ability and promote sportsmanship and teamwork!
Enjoy a great family movie and fresh popped popcorn every Thursday evening!
Students enjoy leisure time with board games, TV time, computers, billiards, ping-pong, foosball, playground and more!
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.
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.