School Year Youth Programs

Winter programming runs from January 14-May 11

Parents must complete a registration form for each youth program participant.  Registration forms may be picked up at Cooper Community Center.

Power Hour

Homework assistance.

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Coop Fun Fit Exercise

Children have fun learning the skills necessary to live a healthy and fit life. This program is fun and interactive for all youth. Includes Parkview's Healthy Seeds program.

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Kids Café

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

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Path to Manhood

Life skills program designed to give boys the tools necessary to be successful in their life endeavors.

Coed 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.

School Success Celebration

Youth meet with partner FWPD officer to share school accomplishments. Partner FWPD officer leads group in a vote for Student of the Week.

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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!

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Special Events

Community & Family Engagement Nights

Thursdays (3rd Thursday of the month) 5:30-7:30pm

March 21, 2019 (Jennings)   April 18, 2019 (Faith United Methodist Church, 207 E. Dewald)
Sept. 19, 2019  (Weisser)  Oct. 17, 2019 (Jennings)    Nov. 21, 2019 (Faith United Methodist Church, 207 E. Dewald)
Door prizes, youth activities, light meal, and more!

Chantell CU

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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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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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 WBNA Game

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!!


Summer Programming at Cooper Center

2019 Will be a great summer in the park!

It’s going to be a great summer in the park and you are invited to join the fun! Kickball, t-ball, bumper pool, Mancala, basketball, arts & crafts and field trips program are just a few of the fun and exciting activities planned for our summer playground program. All seven playground sites are supervised by qualified, trained staff. Children are free to come and go as they please. The program is FREE and is open to boys and girls ages 5 and older. FREE lunches are provided daily by Fort Wayne Community Schools. Each park will host a FREE summer carnival featuring games, food and fun for kids and their families. Stop by Jennings, Cooper, or Weisser Center to complete a registration form. Parents must complete a registration form for each child at their first visit. For more information, please call Chantell at 427-5966.

The Summer Playground Program is a Walk in/Walk Out facility for children.  To learn more, check out the Walk in/Walk out flier.

 Chatnell Summer Program

Playground Program Locations
Hamilton Park
Spring & Cherokee 
Carnival: June 13, 5-7 pm

Lakeside Park
1401 Lake & Vermont 
Carnival: June 27, 5-7 pm

Hanna Homestead
Gay & Lewis Mondays 3-5 pm
(Youth Basketball 9 & under) 
Carnival: July 11, 5-7 pm
Lafayette Park
Lafayette Espl. & Sherwood Ter 
Carnival: July 18, 5-7 pm

Memorial Park
2301 Maumee & Glasgow 
Carnival: July 19, 5-7 pm

Packard Park
Fairfield Ave. 
Kaboom Play Day: July 25, 5-7 pm

Enrichment Programs 

The enrichment program is an interactive review in math, reading and language arts skills. All of the activities are designed to keep your child engaged, using and building the skills he or she has learned in school as well as learning something new. Some of the activities include sparkle spelling, bingo math, chalkboard races, free writes, storytelling, grade appropriate worksheets, crosswords and more.

Character Building/Etiquette Program

Helping children learn, develop and grow is the purpose of this program. Designed to teach life skills and build self-esteem our Character Building/Etiquette Program helps participants reach their academic potential; succeed in the workplace; live happy, worthy and fulfilling personal lives; and become engaged, responsible and productive citizens. All ages are invited to participate in the programs.

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