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.

2019 Counselor In Training

Participants assist camp staff and receive career development experience working with children in a day camp setting. Participants, also, receive valuable life skills education as well as, additional volunteer opportunities and career-related field trips. Applications are accepted from    April 1-May 9. Applications must be accompanied by two letters of reference. Only complete application packets are accepted for consideration. Interviews will be held from May 22-23. Please use the links below to access the Application and Frequently Asked Questions in PDF format. 

2019 Application

Frequently Asked Questions

CIT Self-Assessment Form

Spring 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!

Internet Safety for Parents

In the digital age, what your child does on the Internet TODAY can greatly affect their TOMORROW. Stay informed about the everyday developments regarding Internet Safety to include online predators, social media and other threats you and your family may face that you may not be aware of. Workshop is held at the College Lakes Recreation Center.     
All ages; Tues., April 9; 6-7 pm; Free

How to Prepare Your Child for College

Eighty percent (80%) of adults say that encouraging young people to do well in school is the most important thing adults can do for children.  As a parent, you are the first teacher.  However, no one gave you a "how to" manual on how to help your child be successful in school. This workshop will provide parents with 10 strategies for helping their children to be successful in school from kindergarten through their senior year in high school. Workshop is held at the Westover Recreation Center.                                                                         
All ages; Thurs., April 18; 6-7 pm; Free

Getting Paid: How to Find a Summer Job

Do you need to save up for back-to-school clothing, school supplies, a new smart phone and/or college? Attend this session to learn who, what, when and where of how to find and keep a summer job. Workshop is held at the College Lakes Recreation Center.
All ages; Tues., May 7; 6-7 pm; Free

Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & 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.

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

Back –To-School Teen Explosion Conference©

Leaving summer vacation for school can be tough for teens. Going back to school means adjusting back to academic life, meeting project deadlines, and giving up free time and sleeping in. Getting ready for school before it starts can help ease the TRANSITION without taking away SUMMER FUN!  The annual Back-to-School Teen Explosion Conference© will be held on Sat., Aug. 3 (10 am-2 pm) at Cliffdale Recreation Center. The conference is provided in a hospitable space that allows teens to explore questions that matter and encourages everyone’s contribution.  Middle and high school students participate in sessions related to school success, college preparation, and career readiness.  The Back-to-School Teen Explosion Conference© is the PREMIER end of summer event that encourages teenagers to plan for a successful school year and apply themselves at the highest level upon going back to school.

The Back-to-School Teen Explosion Conference© is sponsored by Back-to-School, Inc., a national nonprofit that support efforts that increase academic success for students by providing teen conferences/summits, youth development research, and advocating for all children to have a quality education. Registration opens May 15.  For more information visit