#WeAreCOA 2016-12-22T14:10:56+00:00

“Portal” Creating Conversations on Gun Violence

What is that big gold container next to the COA Goldin Center? It’s part of a global project designed to create new perspectives through face-to-face video conversations between people who may never have met. The portal in Milwaukee will connect you with a resident in New Jersey for a video conversation. The project is a [...]


COA Wins Two 2016 MANDI’s

COA is having an incredible 110th anniversary year, and we are really excited about the future in the Amani, Riverwest, and Harambee neighborhoods we serve. This March we won two MANDIs (Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation); COA’s Executive Director Tom Schneider best expresses just how proud and excited we are: “It was humbling and [...]


Longtime COA Family Gives Back

It’s not hard to quantify the work we do here at COA; thousands and thousands of lives have been touched-- 10,000 each year; hundreds of at-risk youth are provided scholarships to camp each summer; and 90 cents of every dollar we raise directly serves Milwaukee families. But numbers don’t always tell the whole story. Meet [...]


COA Announces 2016 Rising Star Award Recipients!

We are proud to recognize these Rising Stars for their tremendous leadership and personal growth throughout their participation in COA programs. Azalea and Chris embody COA's holistic mission to serve children, strengthen families, and build our Milwaukee community. Chris Morgan Chris Morgan is a mentor, leader, and coach passionate about the Amani neighborhood where he [...]


You’re Invited: COA’s 2016 Hollywood Gala

In 1906 COA began serving Milwaukee families – that same year, the very first feature film was produced. In the 110 years since, COA has helped foster thousands and thousands of dreams. Our participants might not have stars on the walk of fame, but their successes help to shape a new, better city every day. [...]


COA is a MANDI 2016 Nominee!

COA is proud to be nominated by the Milwaukee Association for Neighborhood Development Innovation’s (MANDI) prestigious BMO Harris Cornerstone Award for its efforts in the transformation of the Amani neighborhood. To add to the excitement, the Milwaukee County Parks Department and partners have been nominated for the Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award for opening [...]


Cousins Subs Gives $2,000 to COA’s HIPPY Program!

Cousins Subs awarded a $2,000 grant to COA Youth & Family Centers for its Home-based Literacy Program for Preschoolers (HIPPY). The grant funds will be used to sponsor families in the HIPPY program. Although HIPPY is free for participants, the program cost per family is around $1,000. This includes the cost of books, activities, family [...]


COA announces the 2015 Parents of the Year!

COA Youth & Family Centers will honor Greg and Linda Marcus and Dr. Lucille (Lucy) Rosenberg  at the agency's 33rd annual Parents of the Year luncheon on Monday, August 24th at The Pfister Hotel, 424 East Wisconsin Avenue. The event reception begins at 11:30 a.m., with luncheon and program from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tables [...]


KaBOOM! Playground Built at COA’s Goldin Center by US Bank Volunteers

A new KaBOOM! playground was built at COA Youth & Family Centers’ Burke Early Education Center on Thursday, July 23rd. Ten volunteers from US Bank worked tremendously hard with COA staff to complete construction of the play area in a single day. The playground “Build Day Blitz” concluded with a community celebration and cookout, where families from the neighborhood could [...]

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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.

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