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.
Students enjoy leisure time with board games, TV, computers, bumper pool, ping-pong, foosball, playground and more.
Students participate in hands-on activities that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Easy, mouhtwatering and useful recipes are made from scratch by children to eat and share with the community.
This Parkview sponsored program teaches kids about nutrition and other healthy habits.
Building Bridges: Respect and Etiquette Edition
This life skills program is designed to give all students the tools to help them be successful in their life endeavors.
Youth learn the skills necessary to transition into positive, healthy and productive adolescents; learning the value of friendship, exercise, good nutrition, hygiene, respect, manners and helping to keep our community safe and clean.
Children age 5-18, are served a FREE healthy, nutritious meal each weekday. Served 2:00-3:00 when FWCS is closed.
Imagine, Design, Create
Children express themselves through art.
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 and sportsmanship.
School Success Celebration
Led by our FWPD Partner Officer, youth discuss school highlights, behavior, social and life skills.
Neighborhood Family Fun Nights
Faith United Methodist Church, 207 E. Dewald
Jennings Recreation Center, 1330 McCulloch
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Program from 6:00-7:15 followed by a meal. You must be present for the program to receive a ticket for meal and prizes. Questions? Call 427-5966.
Cooper Center Tree Lighting
Thursday, December 12, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Music • Refreshments • Family Fun
Event sponsored by B 96.9 and Fort Wayne's NBC.
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!!