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Happy Kids with Books
After School


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.

After School Support

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.

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

  • Basketball

  • Indoor Soccer

  • Field Trips

  • Recess Games

  • Arts & Crafts

  • Board Games

  • Golfing

  • Fishing

  • Horseback Riding

  • Game Room

Performance Based Prevention

The 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.

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.

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.

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


Nutritional Services


The United Neighborhood Facilities Health Care Corporation (UNFHCC)

The UNFHCC is a local health care organization started in 1977 and currently operated by the John F. Kennedy Center and Martin Luther King CenterUNFHCC operates two health care programs - the Erie County Women, Infants and Children's (WIC) Program and Sickle Cell Anemia Program.


WIC Program

The WIC Program is a supplemental nutrition program for pregnant and lactating women and their infants and children up to five years of age. The program provides nutrition education and counseling, vouchers for FREE nutritious foods, breastfeeding support, and referrals for addressing family well-being. WIC families must meet federal income guidelines. The John F. Kennedy Center is one of 14 sites located in Erie County.


Sickle Cell Anemia Program

The Sickle Cell Anemia Treatment Program provides comprehensive medical case management services for sickle cell disease patients in Erie County.

Sickle Cell services to patients and their families include genetic counseling, medical consultations and physical referrals, home study education programs, and financial assistance for care.

  1. Admission is open to all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

  2. "The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. 

  3. If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at USDA office, or call 866-632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax 202-690-7442 or email at who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint, please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 or 800-845-6136 (In Spanish). Persons with disabilities. Who wish to file a program complaint, please see the information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), please contact USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer".

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