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 [...]

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


"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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Reflection I.


"In today's hyper-mediated consumer culture, we (young people especially) are constantly bombarded with information, images, and messages that influence our behavior, and serve to construct our sense of reality. Mass media is a very powerful communication tool because it informs us about ourselves, our society, and how we fit in and interact with the world [...]