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 [...]

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 [...]

2015 Skyline Music Series Kicks Off July 7th!


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 [...]

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


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 [...]

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 [...]

MillerCoors’ Bike Donation


This November, MillerCoors donated 27 new kids’ bicycles to COA! These bikes will be a wonderful addition to our camping programs. All year round, our Camp Helen Brachman provides low-income youth and families with the opportunity to travel up north, explore, make new friends, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you, MillerCoors!

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 [...]

Jackie’s story featured by United Way of Greater Milwaukee


Jackie, a teen participant at Goldin Center, was recently the subject of one of United Way of Greater Milwaukee's success stories. Last June she graduated from high school and is off to UW-Oshkosh this fall. It has been a joy to watch her grow into the strong young woman she is today. United Way is [...]