Youth Development



YouthDevelopment_logoFayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation recognizes the need for life skills programming, in addition to our traditional offerings. The following programs have been designed to enrich the lives of both FCPR youth participants as well as adults.

College Experience Field Trips

Current participants in FCPR Youth Development programs are eligible for inclusion in College Experience Field Trips. Scheduled trips are FREE* of charge and include college tours of regional schools, as well as, a day on the college campus. Trips are traditionally scheduled on days when Cumberland County Schools are not in session. Participants must have participated in an FCPR Youth
Development Program in the past year, or be currently enrolled, to be eligible to attend. Call 433-1021 for more information.

Job Shadowing

FCPR offers the Job Shadowing program for interested youth to fulfill required volunteer hours, learn a new skill or simply explore an area of interest! Every effort is made to match participants with a professional in their field of interest in order to learn and grow through educational activities. Volunteer schedules are determined as needed and registration is on-going. A completed Youth Application and two letters of reference are required for consideration in the program. Call 433-1021 for more
information. 13+; Free

Junior Official Program

This 3 part program will focus on the following:

  • Level I will focus on Life Skills training involving decision-making, conflict resolution, team building,
    customer service and communication.
  • Level II will focus on athletic officiating philosophies, rule enforcements, exams, mechanics and film review.
  • Level III will focus on the field/court practicum exercises with live scrimmages.
    Prospective officials must complete each level in order to advance to the next phase. Upon completion of all 3 levels, the graduate will be assigned to officiate youth games in the FCPR Program. Register at any recreation center.
    14-18 yrs; Free

Junior Scorekeeper Program

This 3 part program will focus on the following:

  • Level I will focus on Life Skills training involving decision-making, conflict resolution, team building,
    customer service and communication.
  • Level II will focus on game day operations, record keeping, and rule enforcement.Level III will focus on the field/court practicum exercises with live scrimmages.

Prospective scorekeepers must complete each level in order to advance to the next phase. Upon completion of all 3 levels, the graduate will be assigned to work youth games in the FCPR Program. Graduates completing a minimum of four hours of scorekeeping will be considered for hire the
following season. Register at any recreation center.
14-18 yrs; Free

Mic Talk

Ummm, ahhh hmmm will not be a part of this workshop. Learn tips on being a comfortable and confident public speaker. This workshop will help teach participants the DO's and DONT's of public speaking. A great way to prepare for school projects, college presentations and even job interviews. Snacks, mock presentations, workshop packets and interactive activities will be provided. Pre-registration required. Class will be held at College Lakes Recreation Center.Grades 6-12; Thurs., Sept. 8; 6-7:30 pm; $8

Hip-Hop for Health

The Health Education and Hip-Hop Dance workshop is an introductory-level class that provides a structured method of learning various Hip Hop dance movements in a high energy environment. Great for beginners as well as advanced dancers alike, you will leave the class energized and educated about the importance of staying physically active. Each class begins with a short health education lesson. Health information packet, water and a healthy snack are included. Pre-registration required.
Cliffdale Recreation Center:
Grades 6-12; Wed., Oct. 19; 6-7 pm; $8
Gray’s Creek Recreation Center:
Grades K-5; Wed., Nov. 15; 6-7 pm; $8

Youth Etiquette Luncheon

It’s more than just please or thank you. Why is learning table etiquette important? Manners show respect to you and those around you, plus, it makes you look as intelligent as you really are. The Youth Etiquette Luncheon is a great opportunity for youth and their parents to learn how to properly handle utensils, general table settings, table manners and the do's and don'ts when it comes to your cell phone at the table. It's never too early to start preparing for your future, so come join us! Our luncheon will consist of a 3 course meal. Registration deadline is Nov. 1. Location: Stoney Point Recreation Center.
Grades 6-12; Sat., Nov. 5; 11 am-1 pm; $10

Gentleman 101

This workshop is for all the young gentlemen in Cumberland County. The Gentlemen 101 session gives
young men a chance to talk openly about manhood and what kind of man they want to be. An event with
motivational male mentors facilitating sessions on men fashion, correct ways to clean shoes, tie a tie and basic manners. Haircuts are provided (optional). Pre-registration required. Class will be held at Westover Recreation Center. Grades 6-12; Thurs., Jan. 19; 6-7 pm; $8

Fayetteville-Cumberland Youth Council, in partnership
with Cumberland County Cooperative Extension 4-H Presents:

Next Steps Teen Symposium

What do 4-year universities, technical schools, and entrylevel jobs have in common? The need for GREAT students!!! Every year students apply, interview, and plan for their next step. Some realize their dreams in their first attempt, while others struggle to get their foot in the door. What helps set some of those successful students apart from their peers? Find out at the Next Steps Teen Symposium! Attendees will hear from local leaders on how they have become successful, learn communication and interview skills that will serve a life time, discover how to complete resumes and applications, examine the necessity of managing social media imaging, and engage with state level youth leaders on how to overcome challenges. Everyone will walk away with new connections and a better understanding on how to be successful in the next chapter of their lives... and beyond. Take a step in the right direction and spend the day laying the foundation and meeting new friends that will celebrate your upcoming successes with you!
Grades 9-12; Sat., Oct. 22; 9 am-3:30 pm;
Cliffdale Recreation Center

Teen Youth Day of Service

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?” On Jan. 16, 2017 join Fayetteville teens in a day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “A day on not a day off day off”. For more information call FCPR Youth development office at 433-1021.


Youth Development Workshops are offered at a number of locations but all courses are available (free of charge!) to any and all interested participants. You need only to register and attend!

How to Pay for College: Financial Aid 101

For college-bound parents and students, understanding the financial aid process is often difficult, frustrating and most of all, confusing. In this workshop, parents gain an understanding of financial aid basics, including FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid), scholarships and loans. Workshop is held at College Lakes Recreation Center.
All ages; Tues., Feb. 16; 6-7 pm; Free

Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation is proud to partner with the Office of College Access Programs at Fayetteville State University to bring these workshops to our community, free of charge! The Office of College Access Programs’ mission is to encourage and assist youth who are traditionally under-represented in college with preparation for, entry into, and completion of a college degree. Through GEAR UP, Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound Programs, a broad range of high-quality college preparatory services to students, parents, and educators are provided.
For more information on the Office of College Access Programs, call 672-1351. For more information on FCPR Youth development programs, call 433-1021.
21st Century Community Learning Centers

Every day, Mon. through Fri. students receive homework assistance and other services at three of the Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation Centers through 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21stCCLC). 21st CCLC is an afterschool program that provides academic enrichment for students in grades 8-12. The centers are housed at Cliffdale and Westover Recreation Centers and
have programming every day after school until 6 pm. The 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program is a part of the Office of College Access Programs at Fayetteville State University, which provides a variety of services aimed at encouraging and assisting youth who are traditionally
under-represented in post-secondary education with preparation for, entry into, and completion of a postsecondary education.

On any given day after school, visitors to one of these recreation centers will see students receiving homework help, playing interactive learning games, working on computers, going over test-taking strategies, participating in personal development workshops, and more. Students are able to receive personalized, one-on-one help when they need it, and have a safe, productive place to spend the after
school hours. Sometimes they even go on field trips, visiting colleges or participating in cultural enrichment activities. 

21stCCLC also includes male and female mentoring programs (the male mentoring component is provided by Great Oak Youth Development Center and the female mentoring component is provided by Girls Scouts), parent involvement activities, community service opportunities, a STEM summer camp, and health and wellness activities. 21stCCLC aims to provide students with the necessary tools to succeed academically in high school, and then apply for and attend college. None of this could happen without the partnership between the program and Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation. Additionally, we would like to thank the tutors and volunteers that have supported 21stCCLC. This partnership, along with the contribution of Great Oak Youth Development Center and Girls Scouts, provides invaluable services for the community.

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.”
- George Washington Carver