COA Youth & Family Centers helps Milwaukee children, teens, and families reach their greatest potential through a continuum of educational, recreational, and social work programs offered through its urban community centers and rural camp facility. As a multicultural agency, COA values diversity and cooperation, and promotes growth and positive social interaction.
Character building, academic achievement, health and wellness,
and a good time!
Preteen Program (6-12) Anne
Our mission is to enable our participants to reach their greatest potential, with an emphasis on allowing each participant to set their own road map to success. The program utilizes an approach that targets a broader range of academic, personal, and social outcomes and helps youth learn to think about the “big picture.”
Academic Enrichment and Support
The academic enrichment components of programming aim to help youth develop positive attitudes and passion for learning as well as the support they need to perform well in school. Activities include daily homework help, tutoring, computer literacy, writing workshops, book clubs, and college tours. Through exciting, project-based learning opportunities, participants are challenged to take charge of their own learning and encouraged to explore topics of that align with their interests.
Personal Development and Cultural Arts
COA programs also aim to provide youth with a myriad outlets for self-expression through the arts. Activities include poetry, painting, drama, jewelry, fashion, music production, ceramics, African drumming and dance, and field trips.
Community Engagement and Service Learning
Quality programs must interconnect with other key factors affecting the lives of the youth we serve including their families, schools, and neighborhoods. COA provides youth with opportunities to put their skills into action through community building retreats, Youth Leadership Councils, monthly community service projects and agency/community event planning.
Recreation includes swimming lessons, sailing, water safety, a variety of team sports, fitness club, chess, dance troupe, daily recreation in the Riverwest Center gym, and summer programming featuring expanded outdoor recreation in COA’s adjacent Kilbourn and Kadish Parks at the Riverwest Center campus and Selig Field at the Goldin Center campus.
Summer Day Camp
Day Camp in Milwaukee occurs throughout the entire summer for young people ages 6 – 12. Field trips, sports, art, science, exploration, recreation and so much more makes this a perfect way for kids to spend their summer!
Preteen Program June 19 – August 25: Recreation, STEM programming, daily reading circle, cooking and nutrition, photography, drawing, baseball league (ages 9-12), soccer, arts & crafts, dance (Hip-Hop & More), drumming, gardening, and more. Fun and educational field trips may include: college campuses, Discovery World, Milwaukee Public Museum, swimming, the movies, overnight experience at Camp Helen Brachman, etc.