Kadish Park Burns for You

2016-12-22T14:11:06+00:00

Did you see the plumes of smoke rising out of Riverwest last week? Why was COA's Kadish Park on fire? (more pics) Tom Schneider, COA's Executive Director, explains how that fire helps preserve the natural beauty of the riverside bluffs at the Park: "Burning the park sounds strange...almost dangerous; but it was neither. The lower bluff sections [...]

“Portal” Creating Conversations on Gun Violence

2016-05-10T11:41:56+00:00

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

2016-04-11T16:08:42+00:00

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 [...]

COA is a MANDI 2016 Nominee!

2016-12-22T14:11:06+00:00

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!

2016-12-22T14:11:06+00:00

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 [...]

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

2015-07-27T11:12:39+00:00

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 [...]

2015 Skyline Music Series Kicks Off July 7th!

2015-06-22T14:14:40+00:00

COA Youth & Family Centers will kick off the ninth annual Skyline Music Series in COA’s Kadish Park on Tuesday, July 7. The series is made possible by generous sponsorship support from Jim and Deb Poliak, the Law Offices of Allen Silverstein and Ron White and will include art activities for children provided by the [...]

HIPPY Program Graduates 70 Families in 2015

2016-12-22T14:11:06+00:00

Seventy preschoolers graduated from Milwaukee's HIPPY program on Saturday, May 16th at Milwaukee Public Library - Centennial Hall. HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) is an internationally known early literacy and parental engagement program for children provided by COA in partnership with The Parenting Network. The event included a graduation ceremony for families completing [...]

Milwaukee’s Amani Neighborhood Sees Both Violence and Signs of Hope

2015-05-26T14:10:47+00:00

A recent article from WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio sheds light on violence and hope in the Amani neighborhood. An excerpt from the article about COA is below: "The threat of violence is always present, according to Quintrell Boyles. “It’s affecting everybody tremendously. I mean, for some of us, it’s right on our front doorsteps. For others, [...]