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MAYOR HENRY SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR YOUTH ENGAGEMENT COUNCIL

July 25, 2016 - Mayor Tom Henry is seeking applicants for his Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council for the 2016-17 school year.

The Council’s vision is to be a service learning group comprised of youth members. The members provide a voice for the youth of Fort Wayne to local government by engaging their peers, creating innovative solutions, and working on projects. The program also includes panel discussions, guest speakers, and the opportunity to be involved in a special event. 

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LIFETIME SPORTS ACADEMY PRESENTS AWARDS

July 22, 2016 - Today marked the successful completion of the Lifetime Sports Academy’s 19th summer with more than 1,200 participants this year and a total of 25,950 participants over the last 19 years. Group lessons in the lifetime sports of golf, tennis and swimming were offered to boys and girls, ages 7 – 18. Lessons focused on skill development.

Each year, the Parks and Recreation Department provides certified coaching and highly trained professionals who direct lessons in swimming, tennis and golf. Offering instruction in three sports has been a successful formula throughout the years. The Lifetime Sport Academy has developed a solid reputation and attracts a huge number of kids each summer. 

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MAYOR HENRY ANNOUNCES FORT WAYNE UNITED PROGRAM TO ADVANCE OPPORTUNITIES FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN AND BOYS

July 20, 2016 - Mayor Tom Henry today announced the Fort Wayne UNITED program. It’s a mayoral initiative designed to enhance opportunities, advance youth advocacy and help ensure the safety of all residents with a focus on African American men and boys.

Mayor Henry was joined at today’s announcement by criminal justice, non-profit, clergy, health, and education leaders, along with representatives from the Fort Wayne Police Department. For the past several months, this dedicated team has been working to make Fort Wayne the best community possible and move Fort Wayne UNITED forward.

Fort Wayne UNITED places two national efforts, Cities United and My Brother’s Keeper, into one program to make a meaningful difference with an emphasis on listening, input, letting voices be heard, and engagement.

The vision is for every black male in Fort Wayne to be respected and valued with an opportunity to reach their full potential. The mission is to advocate for and implement policies, practices, and procedures to ensure equity and opportunity for black fathers, brothers, and sons at home, work, school, and community through collaborative efforts.

Goals to lead to positive outcomes include engagement of black men and boys, the community, policymakers, philanthropic community, and data gathering.

“I’m encouraged by the innovative approaches being implemented to move our City forward in the right direction,” said Mayor Henry. “Now more than ever, we must come together as a community to trust and support one another. In Fort Wayne, we strive each day to be a safe and welcoming place as we work to be a leader in reducing violence among young people. It’s great to see individuals, families, community groups, and law enforcement united behind a cause to be supportive of efforts to meet the needs of every person who calls Fort Wayne home.” 

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