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.
COA’s Family Resource Centers provide parenting classes, arts and crafts, community resources and more to families.
COA provides after-school and summer programming for preteens (6-12) and teens (13-18) at two urban community centers and seven Milwaukee schools, including academics, sports, visual and performing arts, leadership building and more.
Youth attend COA’s Camp Helen Brachman in central Wisconsin at summer camps, winter camps and year-round family camps.
COA’s award-winning community development initiatives are transforming the neighborhoods surrounding COA’s two community centers by:
When four-year-old Karan first joined COA’s Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program, he had trouble speaking. According to his concerned mother, Sarah, he was too shy to talk to other people. Whenever [...]
Teens in COA’s Music and Video Production program lit up the town with amazing performances during the past few months. Since October, youth have performed original songs at five exciting venues: NO Studios, Company [...]
On November 28th the American Camp Association (ACA) granted COA’s Camp Helen Brachman an award for being its longest-serving camp in the State of Wisconsin! This prestigious award recognizes camps that have over 100 years [...]
By becoming a volunteer for COA, you will play an important role in our commitment to Milwaukee children and families. Whether you’re an individual, family or workplace group, COA can provide a volunteer opportunity that meets your interests and commitment level.
Volunteer opportunities include tutoring, hosting supply drives, helping with special events and so much more!
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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.