For the safety of our families and staff, COA will be closed starting March 16th until further notice.


COA Youth & Family Centers was established in 1906 to serve low-income children and families in Milwaukee. We focus on three core areas: Early Child Development, Youth Development, and Community Development. Family is at the center of all we do.

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A local organization with results!


children and families served every year at COA!



locations throughout Milwaukee, plus Camp Helen Brachman in central Wisconsin.


of children in our early education programs improved their behavior.


youth served by our two
community centers and
8 MPS locations.


of children who attended Camp Helen Brachman received a scholarship.


people who attended COA’s
Skyline Music Series.

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The voice of COA’s participants, volunteers, donors, and staff.


Expanding COA’s Food Pantry & Opening a Free Meal Program in Milwaukee’s Amani Neighborhood

COA Youth & Family Centers is responding to COVID-19 by making sure children and families in Milwaukee’s low-income Amani neighborhood have access to healthy foods. COA is expanding its food pantry - which experienced a [...]


COA’s “Real-ationships” program builds trust, respect between youth and police officers in Amani

When COA’s Community Engagement Director Nicole Franklin first learned about a new program taking shape focused on strengthening youth-police relationships in Moody Park, she was skeptical the program would work. Relationships between law enforcement and [...]

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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