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 eight 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:
Each year at COA’s Oscar Night Hollywood Gala, we honor one amazing program participant with the Rising Star Award. This award recognizes individuals who demonstrate what it means to reach their greatest potential. This year, [...]
Charity Navigator’s 2019 ratings now list COA Youth & Family Centers as the highest rated charity in the State of Wisconsin. In addition, COA is listed as: The highest rated “Human Services” charity in Wisconsin, [...]
Two big factors drove Safe & Sound to launch their groundbreaking Barbershop Mondays program. First, the average haircut costs over $20. Haircut costs can put a serious dent in families’ pockets. Second, the barbershop is [...]
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.