COA Youth & Family Centers was established in 1906 to serve low-income children and families in Milwaukee. We focus on three core areas: Early Child Development, Youth Development, and Community Development. Family is at the center of all we do.
COA’s Family Resource Centers provide parenting classes, arts and crafts, community resources and more to families.
COA provides after-school and summer programming for preteens (6-12) and teens (13-18) at two urban community centers and seven Milwaukee schools, including academics, sports, visual and performing arts, leadership building and more.
Youth attend COA’s Camp Helen Brachman in central Wisconsin at summer camps, winter camps and year-round family camps.
COA’s award-winning community development initiatives are transforming the neighborhoods surrounding COA’s two community centers by:
Congratulations to the sixty-six preschoolers who graduated from Milwaukee’s HIPPY program on Saturday, May 12th! HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) is an internationally renowned early literacy and parental engagement program that prepares [...]
When COA’s STEM Program Coordinator Lina Nguyen first introduced STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) lessons to preteens and teens in COA’s youth development program they were not very excited. “A lot of kids didn’t [...]
Every Thursday afternoon at COA’s Community Learning Center (CLC) at Westside Academy School, 25 fourth and fifth graders come together for African dance lessons. For over five years, COA has partnered with Express Yourself MKE [...]
By becoming a volunteer for COA, you will play an important role in our commitment to Milwaukee children and families. Whether you’re an individual, family or workplace group, COA can provide a volunteer opportunity that meets your interests and commitment level.
Volunteer opportunities include tutoring, hosting supply drives, helping with special events and so much more!
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COA Youth & Family Centers helps Milwaukee children, teens, and families reach their greatest potential through a continuum of educational, recreational, and social work programs offered through its urban community centers and rural camp facility. As a multicultural agency, COA values diversity and cooperation, and promotes growth and positive social interaction.