About the Fort Wayne Center for Learning

Our mission is to help children develop a positive self-image through the improvement of the critical learning skills necessary to be successful learners.

Our vision is to be an essential part of a community that values and encourages all children and their unique abilities to learn.

WE BELIEVE every child is different. Their right to learn is the same.

WE BELIEVE every child wants to learn.

WE BELIEVE given the right set of tools, every child can learn.

WE KNOW brain-based, success oriented programs are necessary in the battle against learning difficulties.

WE KNOW individualized, one-to-one instruction can meet the needs of students who would otherwise be left behind.

WE KNOW changing learning behaviors and building critical learning skills leads to changing lives, changing families, and changing communities.

WE BELIEVE in your child and their ability to learn.


FWCL History: A Timeline

  • Founded in 2003 by Danny and Kathy Rifkin because their own child needed academic remediation services that were not available in Fort Wayne.
  • Legal name is Teach Our Children Fund Inc. d.b.a. Fort Wayne Center for Learning.
  • Executive Director Jayson Boyers was hired and served until Jan 2006.
  • First students seen September 8, 2003, at Mallard Cove location.
  • First meeting of the Board of Directors January 2004. Danny Rifkin presided as Board President.
  • Received 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS April 2004.
  • Director of Instruction Olive B. Swenson was promoted to Executive Director in February 2006 and served until May 2007.
  • First Signature event, the Brain Game, was held February 2006. Event chair was Stephanie Schultz, who also chaired the next four Brain Games.
  • Board member Kenn Kunze was hired as the Executive Director in October 2007 and served until June 2010.
  • Fort Wayne Through the Beers Friend-raiser, September 2008. The September 2008 Fort Wayne Through the Beers Friend-raiser Event Chair was Jennifer Jo Brown, who also chaired the 2009 Friend-raiser.
  • Became a DCS (Department of Children’s Services) provider January 2009.
  • Jennifer Jo Brown elected Board President July 2010.
  • Moved to 800 Broadway in August 2010.
  • Restructured business model and staffing of the Center for/during the 2010-11 Fiscal Year.
  • Brain Game 2011 – Elizabeth Isroff took over as event chair.
  • Diana Yngstrom-Bugge was promoted from Director of Operations to Executive Director in March 2011.
  • FWCL Festival of Sports inaugural event held October 2011. Event chair was Donna Yngstrom.
  • Deb Overcash was elected Board President in July 2013.  She has since termed off the Board and serves on the Advisory Board.
  • In December 2013 we moved to our current location at 2510 East Dupont Road (Ste 203).
  • Brain Game 2014 - MaryAnn Flueckiger took over as event chair.
  • Brain Game 2015 - 10th Annual Event!   Andrew Holy, Chair.
  • Sara Schneider was elected Board President in July 2016 and currently serves in that position.
  • Festival of Sports 2017- 7th Annual Event!  Tina Rusk is the event chair.

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