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.
Planting Healthy Seeds
Planting Healthy Seeds is a fun nutrition program for students ages 5-18. Children learn to make healthy food choices, through interesting games and food tastings and creating new recipes. This program was created by Parkview Hospital.
Homework assistance/independent reading lab.
COOP Fun Fit
Children have fun learning the skills necessary to live a healthy and fit life. This program is fun and interactive for all youth.
Building Bridges (Life Skills)
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.
Children age 5-18, are served a FREE healthy, nutritious meal each weekday. Served 2:00-3:00 when FWCS is closed.
Easy, mouth-watering and fun recipes are prepared from scratch by the youth to eat and share with the community!
Children work on various projects in art, poetry, stories, singing, dancing and drumming as a way to express themselves.
Imagine, Design, Create
Make fun, creative crafts for gifts or to keep and display!
Lakeside Basketball League
Our basketball program is designed to help children and teens (ages 8-16) develop basketball skills. This program also helps build self-confidence, develop leadership ability and promote sportsmanship and teamwork!
Opportunity for youth to showcase their talents!
Students enjoy leisure time with board games, TV time, computers, billiards, ping-pong, foosball, playground and more!
Summer Programming at Cooper 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 (260.427.6728).
Community Unity Nights at Faith United Methodist Church (207 Dewald Street)
Hosted by Cooper Community Center
April 26, 5:30-7:30 pm
November 15, 5:30-7:30 pm
Tree Lighting Event
December 13, 6-7:30 pm
Cooper Community Center
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.
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.