Welcome to John F. Kennedy Center

The John. F Kennedy Center Seeks to improve the conditions of work, play study, health and living among the lower income residents of northeast Erie City. Our Agency is responsive to the ever-changing needs of the community, with financial and program accountability, all the while maintaining a high level of integrity within our organization and among those we serve.

John F. Kennedy Center, Inc.

What Sets Us Apart:

At The John. F Kennedy Center, we

  • Make a difference in the lives of clients
  • Create a healthy living environment
  • Institute changes in the community
  • Create a strong foundation for our clients

Sports, Recreation, and Non-Traditional Activities include but not limited to.


Other Activities Include.

Academic Support

  • Homework Assistance
  • Tutoring
  • Computer Classes
  • Summer Learning is Fun Activities
  • Dolly Parton Imaginary Library Reading Nook
  • Summer Literacy
  • JFK Scholarship and Awards Banquet

Health Education

During the school year, an after-school snack and supper are served every weekday under the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Second Harvest Food Bank Kid's Cafe®. During the summer, breakfast, lunch, and a midafternoon snack are served under the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

  • Meals & Snacks
  • Physical Fitness
  • Field Trips
  • Speakers

Life Skills

  • Girl Scouts
  • 4H
  • Earth Action
  • Career Awareness
  • Volunteerism & Community Service
  • Teen Council
  • Family & Holiday Events
  • Girls Day Out
  • Day Out with the Fellows

Arts & Culture

  • Cultural Diversity
  • Drama
  • Annual Black History Trivia
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Field Trips

Mission Statement about After School Progam:

THEORY OF CHANGE AFTER-SCHOOL KIDS CAFE® Lower income school-age children living in the disadvantaged neighborhood immediately surrounding the John F. Kennedy Center need a safe place to go during their out-of-school time to help them

  • Keep away from street violence
  • Avoid unhealthy and risky behaviors
  • Stay in school successfully; and
  • Be hopeful about their future.

Through a JFK-based program that is open long and late hours, staffed with caring, supportive mentors and tutors, and focused on community involvement and service projects that bring out the best in participants, children and youth served by JFK become more engaged in school, develop stronger bonds with their community, and see themselves as key players in creating a more positive future.



JFK's senior center provides the community-based support necessary for older persons to live independently, in their own home. The senior center seeks to prevent premature or unnecessary institutionalization of older persons. Elderly, age 60 and over, and their spouse (regardless of age) are eligible.

The senior center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

John F. Kennedy Center, Inc.

Some activities include:

  • Cards
  • Computers
  • Walking club
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Holiday parties
  • Bingo
  • Board games
  • Fitness classes
  • Health screens
  • Day trips
  • Bible study
  • Guest speakers

A delicious, home cooked, nutritious lunch is prepared on site and served at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Menus for the meals are prepared by a Registered Dietician.

Mission Statement About Senior Senior Center:

THEORY OF CHANGE SENIOR CENTER Many seniors age 60+ living in Erie City need a variety of community-based support services to help them

  • Continue to live independently in their own home;
  • Remain active, contributing members of their community; and
  • Avoid premature or unnecessary institutionalization in a long-term care facility.

The John F. Kennedy Center is a place where seniors can interact with each other and access a wide variety of services to fulfill many of their physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs. JFK's senior center is strategically located on Buffalo Road, between the North East and R. Benjamin Wiley senior centers. EMTA route #25 buses pass in front of JFK every 45 minutes and there is ample free parking for those who drive. The JFK senior center is unique because it is one of only three senior centers in Erie that prepares its congregate meals on-site.



DescriptionThe John F. Kennedy Center, Inc. is one of several Performance Based Prevention providers in Erie County. PBP is designed to educate at-risk children about the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. The program seeks to keep children alcohol, tobacco, and drug free and encourages them to succeed in school.