The kids & staff visit Jennings Center this fall!
Cooper will be closed August 5-9. Youth are able to participate in programming at Jennings Center that week instead (12-5 pm).
2300 Clinton & Lafayette
260.427.6700 (9 am-3 pm) 260.427.6728 (3-8 pm)
Cooper Center continues to fulfill its unique mission, by providing activities for youth in such areas as athletics, crafts, skill development and food service. All activities are supervised by a highly committed and trained staff. All programs are free.
Cooper Center Hours:
M-Th 3:00-8:00 p.m.; Fri 3-6 pm
When FWCS are closed, 12-5 pm
June 3 - July 26
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Community Youth Center summer program will run June 3-July 26, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Weisser,The Community Youth Center summer program will run June 3-July 26, 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 Community Youth Centers are FREE! For more information, please contact the coordinator at each center.
Weisser Park Youth Center
802 Eckert St.
Supervisor: Zynette Paige
Cooper Community Center
2300 Clinton & Creighton
Supervisor: Michael Ayers
Jennings Recreation Center
1330 McCulloch St.
Supervisor: Michael Ayers
After-School Time FUN!
The Parks and Recreation Department's three community youth centers offer a safe, fun environment for after-school hours. School age youth are encouraged to do homework, play, and enjoy a nourishing evening meal. All programming is FREE!
UBUNTU-A Celebration of Community
Join us at Indiana Tech's Multi-Flex Theatre on May 31 for live jazz with George Middleton, Jr. and local singer/songwriter Fatima Washington. All proceeds from the concert benefit the Jennings Recreation Center's Teenage Sunday Scholarship Fund. Call 438-2929 for ticket information.
Check out the UBUNTU flier for additional information
2019 Scholarship Application
The 2019 Scholarship Application and all other documentations are due to the Jennings Center by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2019. 2019 Scholarship Application Form
Interviews will be scheduled on May 21th or 22nd 2019.
It is advised that the applicant must visit and research the Jennings Recreation Center prior to the interviews.
All candidates must attend the Teenage Sunday event on June 2, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. as the Scholarship winners will be announced at this time and you MUST be present to receive the Scholarship.
Join our team!
Recreation Leaders engage and interact with youth, lead games, and provide guidance and mentoring at three community centers and in our Summer Playground program. Must be 18 or older, meet all qualifications and pass a background check and drug test.
Chantell Davis, Manager of The Community Youth Centers
Michael Ayers, Coordinator
The Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department’s Partner Officer Program received the 2018 Innovative Program Award during the 2019 Indiana Parks and Recreation Association (IPRA) Conference in French Lick.
The Partner Officer Program began in the three Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation youth centers in January 2018. Uniformed, off-duty Fort Wayne police officers work at the three Youth Centers to play with, help, and serve kids who spend their afternoons there. In local schools they are called Resource Officers, and in Youth Centers, these Partner Officers are becoming regular fixtures, with center participants knowing them as the great people they are—not just uniforms they only see at crime scenes.
Check out Facebook and Twitter for information about Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation including information on Cooper!
We have created a new link with information on all the Youth Programs at Cooper!
Check out the NEW East Central Neighborhood Blog and learn more about what is happening in our community
Cooper Center High Achiever Alumni
Antonio Wilson, Northside High School
Twenty-first Century Scholars Program
The Twenty-first Century Scholars program is an income-eligible program for families in Indiana.
Students in the 6th, 7th or 8th grade who qualify for the program can receive up to four years
of college tuition to attend an eligible Indiana public or private college or university.
You can learn more about the scholarship program by applying online at www.scholars.in.gov
It is fun at Cooper they have a lot of games. Xavier
My daughter enjoys the crafts, games, field trips, and making new friends. Melissa G.
I am so happy that there is a place for my children to go where they are loved and cared for. Staff at Cooper Center are interactive, and friendly and have great ideas. My children talk about them often. Tonya O.
I love the field trips and party ideas Ms.Camille has. I love how she gives each child an African name. The spirit is lively and safe. Callie B.