COA & MCC Teens Take D.C.!

Thanks to generous support from Herb Kohl Philanthropies, COA brought another group of teens to Washington, D.C.! COA’s inaugural D.C. visit was such a positive experience for teens last year that COA staff and youth were eager to make the incredible journey happen again in 2019. This past June, 23 new teens and seven chaperones [...]


COA and Aurora’s new Centering Program Supports Infants and Expectant Mothers

Over 14% of infants in Milwaukee’s Amani neighborhood are born premature; and over 15% of infants in Amani are born with a low birth weight. COA Youth & Family Centers serves children from birth to age 17. However, these alarming trends motivated COA to serve children before they are even born. COA now addresses these [...]


Summer Fun at COA!

COA has exciting activities and events for families all year round. However, summertime at COA features even more fun! From children’s art workshops to daily meals in Moody Park, COA has got every member of the family covered this summer! Here is just a sample of the exciting programs COA has planned for Milwaukee’s children, [...]


COA Announces 2019 Skyline Music Series Lineup!

COA’s Skyline Music series will be held every Tuesday from 5:30 – 8:30 PM from July 9th to August 20th at the Selig-Joseph-Folz Amphitheater in Kadish Park. The 2019 season, presented by Allen Silverstein Law Offices, has a diverse musical lineup including Latin jazz, funk, reggae, soul, rock, pop, and more including an exciting new [...]


COA Hosts 2nd Annual STEM Fair

On Friday, May 17th COA welcomed approximately 60 youth from six COA sites for COA’s 2nd annual Kohl’s Explore Your Future STEM Fair at the Goldin Center. In order to prepare for the STEM Fair, youth worked hard for two months to complete group STEM projects. These projects were displayed around COA’s Goldin Center gym for [...]


COA Teens Screen Debut Film at No Studios

On Sunday, April 28th COA youth debuted their short film “Exposure” at a screening held at Milwaukee’s No Studios. Community members, COA staff, family and friends enjoyed two special screenings of the film, a performance from COA teens, delicious refreshments, and an eye-opening Q&A session with COA’s young filmmakers. Nearly two years ago, COA collaborated [...]


COA Hosts Overnight STEM Camp at Camp Helen Brachman

This April, Camp Helen Brachman welcomed 51 mini-Einsteins for two days and two nights of STEM fun during our first ever overnight STEM Camp! Youth from ages eight to 15 from COA’s Auer Ave Community Learning Center (CLC), Westside Academy CLC, MLK Jr. Safe Place, and Keefe Ave Safe Place, as well as youth from [...]


COA Announces 2019 Rising Star Award Recipient!

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, we honor COA teen program participant Jocelyn Banks for her outstanding dedication to her music, peers, community, and her tremendous [...]


New Charity Navigator Ratings Place COA as Highest Rated Nonprofit in Wisconsin

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, The highest rated provider of “Children’s and Family Services” in Wisconsin, and Nationally, Charity Navigator gives COA the 6th highest rating [...]


Barbershop Mondays Program Blends Hair Cuts and Conversation

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 an important place where youth and adults can share conversations. As neighborhoods face challenges, it is important for young people [...]

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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.

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