2021 After School Youth Program
For school-age children ages 5-18
Free Youth Programming
Monday-Thursday 3-7 pm; Friday 3-6 pm;
You must be registered to participate.
Use your phone to check out the QR code to register above
OR CLICK here to Register
In addition, please review the 2021 program options, policies & procedures BEFORE registering. We are excited to actually SEE you in person soon!
Social Distancing Guidelines
Following the social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC, there will be some changes in the operations of the youth program for the safety of our youth, their families, and our staff. For your safety, upon entering the facility all students:
Must have previously registered for the program including signing a waiver regarding COVID-19.
Must have temperature taken 1st thing upon entering building.
Must practice social distancing (6 ft apart).
Must wear a mask.
** NOTE: Masks may be removed during any physical recreation but please continue to practice social distancing.
Nutritious balanced meal cooked on site (in partnership with Community Harvest Food Bank),
Science, technology, engineering, art and math practiced in a variety of fun projects and activities.
A variety of staff led interactive youth appropriate fitness challenges and games.
Youth go through a variety of topics dealing with trust, respect, responsibility, self-image, behavior and many more including doing community service projects to show/grow care and citizenship.
Youth participate in self-expression activities, via dance, instruments, writing, singing etc.
Game & Recreation Time
Youth will learn rules to various games and have the opportunity to show what they have learned as well as teach games they know.
We also offer virtual programming for all youth/ families. A link is sent out weekly to those who have registered.
Photo collage from Juneteenth 2019
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.
Brandon Gross from Troop 43 built five Free Little Libraries for his Eagle Scout Project. One of these free libraries he donated to Weisser Park Youth Center. He did this project so children can have books to read and come together and talk about what they have read. Brandon is pictured above with Facility Supervisor, Zynette Paige. Thank you Brandon for your willingness to share your talents with the youth of Weisser Center.
Tour of Ghana, West Africa Tour of Washington DC with Anthony Browder
Periodically Cultural Tours are led to such destinations as Ghana, West Africa or Washington D.C.
Periodically field trips are taken to places around the Fort Wayne area.
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!!
Picture taken at Ma'at Youth Group-"Betta" album
This is a very nice program. Diane J.
Love and appreciate the program so kids can have something to do-meals and snack provided-I love Weisser- R. Little