Youth Development

 

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

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.

Fall Workshop Series

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 the FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid), scholarships, and loans. Workshop is held at the Cliffdale Recreation Center.
All ages; Thurs., Sept. 20; 6-7 pm; Free

Intro to STEM: Applying Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to Your Future Career

The possibilities for a career in STEM are endless! As one of the fastest growing industries in the country, employers are constantly looking for new talent and experience.  Learn how your academic experience in STEM can lead to a fulfilling and lucrative career. Workshop is held at the College Lakes Recreation Center. All ages; Tues., Oct. 9; 6-7 pm; Free

My Future = My Plan

The student, who fails to plan, prepares for failure.  This workshop provides Middle and High School students with information on how to develop a 10-Year Plan.  Teens will learn how to create a written plan that transforms their goals into reality to prepare for college and life beyond High School. Workshop is held at the Cliffdale Recreation Center.
All ages; Thurs., Oct. 18; 6-7 pm; Free

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 the FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid), scholarships, and loans.  Workshop is held at the Westover Recreation Center. All ages; Thurs., Nov. 5; 6-7 pm; Free

Before You Go Down to the School House: How to Be an Effective Advocate for Your Child

Even the best students will occasionally need a parent to speak up on their behalf.  Regardless of your child’s grade, academic ability or personality, you should be the #1 advocate for your child.  Be a part of the solution, not the problem and learn tips and strategies for increasing your child’s academic success. Workshop is held at the Cliffdale Recreation Center.
All ages; Thurs., Nov. 15; 6-7 pm; Free

My Transcript is My Story

Teens and parents, do you know the value of a Grade Point Average (GPA) on the High School transcript?  Attend this session to learn how to interpret all information on the transcript.  In addition, gain knowledge about the impact that this important document has on college admissions and life beyond High School. Workshop is held at the College Lakes Recreation Center. All ages; Tues., Dec. 4; 6-7 pm; Free     

A College That Fits Like a Glove


When choosing a college, students have a lot to consider.  Often times more criteria needs to be considered than is realized. This workshop is designed to provide students with strategies to match the college that fits their social, academic and financial needs. Workshop is held at the Cliffdale Recreation Center.                             
All ages; Thurs., Jan. 17; 6-7 pm; Free

Academic Mindsets: From Can’t to Can


Moving from I can’t to I can and I will.  This session is designed to provide tools students and parents can use to move from a fixed to a growth mindset. Workshop is held at the College Lakes Recreation Center.                      All ages; Tues., Feb. 5; 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.   The office provides a broad range of high-quality college preparatory services to students, parents, and educators.  Through Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math & Science and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers 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.

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 Lifeguard Program

This program provides a foundation of aquatic and leadership knowledge, attitude and skills for future
successful competition of the Red Cross Lifeguarding courses. Participants should be able to swim front crawl for 25 yards breathing to front or side, breaststroke for 25 yards, tread water for 1 minute, float on back for 30 seconds, swim 25 yards on back, submerge and swim underwater for a distance of 10 feet.
To complete and receive the certificate, participants will be required to assist at one of FCPR’s pool for at least 20 hours as a Junior Guard. Classes will be held at the Fayetteville YMCA on Fort Bragg Road.
To register, please contact either the Westover Recreation Center at 433-1088.

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