COA’s New Food Pantry Feeds Families and Opens Doors

2018-10-12T14:12:11+00:00

In March 2018, COA partnered with Hunger Task Force to open a brand new community food pantry in our Goldin Center! Located within our Ethel Nutis Gill Family Resource Center, COA’s new food pantry serves approximately 500 people per month. The pantry has increased hundreds of families’ access to healthy foods in the Amani neighborhood, [...]

The Komen Corner Offers Breast Cancer Resources in Amani

2018-10-12T13:55:39+00:00

Thanks to a generous grant from Kohl’s, Susan G. Komen Wisconsin can continue their breast health program Conversations with Komen Presented by Kohl’s. Komen Wisconsin identified eight target zip codes that have disparities in breast cancer mortality. With this new focus they’ve selected COA’s Gill Family Resource Center inside our Goldin Center as the site [...]

Born Deaf, Sade’s New Anti-Bullying Campaign Grows at COA

2018-09-26T14:11:31+00:00

At birth, 16-year-old Sade was born mostly deaf. She could only hear 30% out of one ear. As a child, Sade learned to communicate by reading lips. Naturally caring, Sade always had a passion for helping others. However, her battles with bullying and shyness prevented her from speaking out. Once she got to elementary school, [...]

Dalisa Takes Her First Steps with COA

2018-09-18T14:33:11+00:00

This story was originally published in COA's 2018 Annual Report. Read the whole report here. When she was born, now 20-month-old Dalisa was diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia, a disability of the hip joint which makes walking extremely difficult. As an infant Dalisa wore a full-body harness for 24 hours per day. Dalisa joined COA’s Riverwest [...]

COA Introduces New Youth Programs at MLK School and Keefe Avenue School!

2018-09-14T13:01:53+00:00

COA is excited to announce that we have introduced brand new after-school programming at two exciting sites: Keefe Avenue School and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School!  COA has partnered with these schools to open Safe Places that provide after-school programming for children and preteens. Programs at both Safe Places will include academic tutoring, visual [...]

New Amani Voices Podcast Building Neighborhood Bridges

2018-06-14T13:18:12+00:00

“I didn’t know that!” a NOVA High School student was in awe as a senior Amani resident recalled her experience with the Milwaukee riot of 1967. He had heard about the riot before, but this was his first time hearing all the scary details. The two sat around a table with other Amani elders, NOVA [...]

66 Preschoolers Graduate from Milwaukee’s HIPPY Program

2018-05-18T13:53:49+00:00

Congratulations to the sixty-six preschoolers who graduated from Milwaukee’s HIPPY program on Saturday, May 12th! HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) is an internationally renowned early literacy and parental engagement program that prepares children ages 3-5 for success when they enter school. Member of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Milwaukee and [...]

Mission STEM-possible: COA’s new STEM Program Creates Surprising Crop of Science Lovers

2018-05-17T14:46:22+00:00

When COA’s STEM Program Coordinator Lina Nguyen first introduced STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) lessons to preteens and teens in COA’s youth development program they were not very excited. “A lot of kids didn’t really know what it was,” recalls Lina. “Younger kids didn’t take it too seriously. Older kids were turned off as [...]

COA Kids Learn the Value of Dance with Express Yourself MKE

2018-05-14T13:50:01+00:00

Every Thursday afternoon at COA’s Community Learning Center (CLC) at Westside Academy School, 25 fourth and fifth graders come together for African dance lessons. For over five years, COA has partnered with Express Yourself MKE to give these girls and boys some time to get loose and learn about dance movements around the globe. Express [...]