COA Mission

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.

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909 E. North Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53212
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Read Anywhere: Partnership for Literacy Launch!

Sam’s Hope and HIPPY-Milwaukee announce a community-wide photo campaign in connection with their new Read Anywhere literacy and book distribution initiative. To help promote literacy, Milwaukee parents are encouraged to take pictures reading with their children and post these photos to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using the hashtag #ReadAnywhereMKE.  The Read Anywhere: Partnership for Literacy partners — Home Instruction for [...]

Brenda Roshell: 2016 Ethel Nutis Gill Award Winner

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Brenda Roshell is a faithful participant at COA’s Goldin Center who has lived in the Amani neighborhood for over 42 years. She is dedicated to strengthening the Amani community where she grew up, and is currently raising four of her grandchildren while working fulltime. Before the Burke Early Education Center (EEC) opened last summer, Brenda [...]

10th Anniversary Season: COA’s Skyline Music Series

COA is kicking off the 10th Anniversary Season of the Skyline Music Series on Tuesday, July 12th at Selig-Joseph-Folz Amphitheater in Kadish Park. The only free weekly concert series serving Riverwest, Brewers Hill, Brady Street, Beerline, and Harambee neighborhoods, Skyline was originally created as part of COA’s structured revitalization of Kilbourn-Kadish Park and the surrounding [...]

“Portal” Creating Conversations on Gun Violence

What is that big gold container next to the COA Goldin Center? It’s part of a global project designed to create new perspectives through face-to-face video conversations between people who may never have met. The portal in Milwaukee will connect you with a resident in New Jersey for a video conversation. The project is a [...]

COA Wins Two 2016 MANDI’s

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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!

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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!

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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

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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 [...]