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, [...]

A Bright Future for Children in Amani: COA Builds New Early Education Center

2015-04-29T15:37:32+00:00

COA and the Amani neighborhood celebrated the groundbreaking for the new Burke Early Education Center at COA Youth & Family Centers' Goldin Center on Friday, April 17th. The event marked the start of construction for COA's second early child education center, which was made possible by a $2 million capital grant from The Burke Foundation [...]

COA Scholarship Provides Path to Driver’s License for Hundreds of Local Teens

2016-12-22T14:11:07+00:00

The Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service recently featured teen participant Joshua Leonard in an article about COA's free drivers education program. From the article: "About a decade ago, students participating in COA’s three-day youth leadership institute camp proposed a scholarship-based driver’s education program to alleviate the barriers they were facing in getting their licenses. A pilot program [...]

Determined Residents Put Amani Neighborhood on New Path

2016-12-22T14:11:07+00:00

COA was recently highlighted in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on the changing landscape of the Amani neighborhood. From the article: "Amani — bordered by N. 27th St., W. Keefe Ave., N. 20th St. and W. Center St. — historically has been one of Milwaukee's most challenged neighborhoods with high rates of poverty and crime. [...]

Milwaukee Magazine Features the 53206 Zip Code

2016-12-22T14:11:07+00:00

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!

2016-12-22T14:11:07+00:00

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 [...]