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Milwaukee Magazine Features the 53206 Zip Code

This month, Milwaukee Magazine featured an article with an in-depth look into Milwaukee's 53206 zip code. COA opened the Goldin Center in the 53206 zip code ten years ago to offer after-school and summer opportunities for youth in one of Milwaukee's most distressed neighborhoods. Since then, COA has opened a pediatric and family clinic in partnership with Children's Hospital [...]


Milwaukee Rep’s “A Christmas Carol” delights and raises funds for COA!

The “Ghost of Christmas Present” is alive and well at COA this holiday season! The Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s production of A Christmas Carol adopted COA’s HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) program to benefit from its post-production tradition. Following each performance of A Christmas Carol, actors invited audience members to make a donation [...]


Who are you when no one is looking?

A sign hangs on the wall at COA's Goldin Center that reads,"Who are you when no one is looking?" Kris Johnson, a pre-teen program staff member at the Goldin Center has taken this message to heart. Kris grew up only a couple blocks from COA's Goldin Center in the Amani neighborhood. He was looking for [...]


MATC Educational Foundations Track Student Dedicated to “Saving” At-Risk Youth

As a youngster, Jermaine Howard was considered a "bad kid," piling up daily suspensions from class on the days he showed up for school. Growing up in a struggling family, living in a poverty-stricken, crime-ridden Milwaukee neighborhood, Howard said he was almost certainly on track to end up in jail. He said he was "saved" by the support and interaction he received at a COA after-school program.


Art project teaches Doerfler students about advocacy and community engagement [OnMilwaukee.com]

"Ten seventh and eighth grade students from COA Youth and Family Center’s CLC program have been working with Kowalczyk and Heredia to envision an intersection mural to be installed at 30th and Scott. The installation would beautify the neighborhood and build youth visibility and leadership." ...Read more at OnMilwaukee.com.


We Energies’ Winter Gear Drive

Toni Higgins' daughter has been attending COA's Early Education Center since she was six weeks old. Last year, Toni noticed that some of the children were in need of new winter gear. Toni, a member of the volunteer planning committee at We Energies, proposed a winter gear drive to benefit COA's Early Education Center. After [...]


Volunteer Spotlight: Shira Grinker

This fall, 13 year-old Shira Grinker began volunteering in COA's Early Education Center. "I started volunteering at COA as a school requirement," Shira said. "But after that I continued doing it because I love to be with the children. They are all so energetic and extremely adorable, and they always make me smile." In addition [...]

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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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