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 [...]


You’re Invited: COA’s 2019 Hollywood Gala

COA is rolling out the red carpet for our 21st Annual Hollywood Gala! While Hollywood’s brightest stars are honored at this year’s 91st Annual Academy Awards, COA will also honor the stars that support Milwaukee’s children and families. Join us at our 21st Annual Hollywood Gala for a night to celebrate our successes, honor our [...]


Karan Finds His Voice Through COA’s HIPPY Program

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 he did he could only say small words. When Sarah learned about COA’s HIPPY program in fall 2017, she breathed [...]


COA Teens Grace Stages Citywide!

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 Brewing, Saint Kate Hotel, FreeSpace, and Milwaukee Art Museum! Performing gives these kids an opportunity to show the world the [...]


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 of service. COA’s Camp Director, Eve Smallwood, and Camp Registrar, Leslie Woodruff, traveled to the annual ACA Wisconsin Fall Conference [...]


Changing Seasons at COA’s Camp Helen Brachman

Fresh off a sizzling summer of fun, Camp Helen Brachman is gearing up for a white winter full of even more delights for Milwaukee’s children. COA looks forward to our upcoming Winter Camp session from December 28th-30th. Camp continues to be a life-changing experience where kids learn about the great outdoors as well as themselves [...]

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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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