Jocelyn finds her voice at COA

Jocelyn is a 16-year-old junior at Riverside University High School. Raised on Milwaukee’s North Side, Jocelyn began attending COA’s teen program at the Goldin Center in 2017. She came every day after school to receive homework help. When she first began in the teen program, Jocelyn was closed-off, anti-social and distanced herself from her peers. [...]


COA’s STEM Expo Makes STEM Exciting for Kids!

On Friday, November 8th COA celebrated National STEM Day with our 3rd Annual STEM Expo held at our Goldin Center (2320 W. Burleigh Street). Over 120 youth ages four to 14 from multiple COA sites attended the Expo to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. 18 themed stations lined the gym at the Goldin Center, [...]


COA Celebrates Year of Successes at 2019 Annual Meeting

"What in our lives has been around for 114 years? And yet here we are…" Last month COA Youth & Family Centers held its 2019 Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation. COA board members, staff and volunteers gathered at the Wisconsin Club to celebrate COA’s incredible impact over the past year, and to honor the remarkable [...]


Success Story: Darian Flourishes at COA

This story was originally published in COA's 2019 Annual Report. Read the whole report here. Darian is a three-year-old biracial child enrolled at COA’s Riverwest Early Education Center. When Darian joined COA’s Riverwest Early Education Center at age three in January 2019, his teacher Ms. Shawndra quickly noticed his antisocial behavior.  He refused to share [...]


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 [...]

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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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