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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
7 CLC 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.


American Camp Association Recognizes Camp Helen Brachman as Wisconsin’s Oldest Camp

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 [...]

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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