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 [...]

Young Artists Thrive in COA’s Music and Video Production Program

2018-05-09T13:59:34+00:00

When local musician and youth advocate Kiran Vedula began giving music and video production workshops at COA’s Riverwest and Goldin Centers in fall 2017, one of the biggest challenges was actually getting kids into the recording studio. Many of the preteens and teens in COA’s new Music and Video Production Program were nervous to [...]

COA Teens Visit Washington, D.C.

2018-04-13T14:33:23+00:00

Thanks to the generous support of Herb Kohl Philanthropies, a group of teens from COA’s Goldin Center got the incredible chance to take a 5-day trip to Washington, D.C.! During the week of March 26th, 34 teens and nine chaperones enjoyed five exciting days of sightseeing, historical and cultural tours, and college campus visits. Youth [...]

2018 Rising Star Awards

2018-02-27T10:19:18+00:00

Each year at COA’s Hollywood Gala, we honor amazing program participants with the Rising Star Award. This award recognizes individuals who demonstrate what it means to reach their greatest potential. This year, we honor Riverside High School seniors Ty’Johnna Gardner and Keshawn Williams for their outstanding dedication to their school, their peers, and their communities. [...]

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 [...]

HIPPY Youth on Winning Robotics Team

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

Azalea Martinez is a junior at Riverside University High School and is a member of the school's Midwest Regional champion robotic team. But her "educational career" began when she was 3 years old as one of the first participants in COA's HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) program. As a young parent, Leticia [...]

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, [...]