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 [...]


Youth Explore STEM at COA’s Second Annual STEM Expo

On Thursday, November 8th, COA celebrated National STEM Day with our 2nd Annual STEM Expo held at our Goldin Center (2320 W. Burleigh Street). National STEM Day encourages youth around the country to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. 100 youth participated in fun STEM activities at COA’s two-hour STEM Expo. Children from COA’s Burke [...]


COA’s New Food Pantry Feeds Families and Opens Doors

In March 2018, COA partnered with Hunger Task Force to open a brand new community food pantry in our Goldin Center! Located within our Ethel Nutis Gill Family Resource Center, COA’s new food pantry serves approximately 500 people per month. The pantry has increased hundreds of families’ access to healthy foods in the Amani neighborhood, [...]


The Komen Corner Offers Breast Cancer Resources in Amani

Thanks to a generous grant from Kohl’s, Susan G. Komen Wisconsin can continue their breast health program Conversations with Komen Presented by Kohl’s. Komen Wisconsin identified eight target zip codes that have disparities in breast cancer mortality. With this new focus they’ve selected COA’s Gill Family Resource Center inside our Goldin Center as the site [...]


Born Deaf, Sade’s New Anti-Bullying Campaign Grows at COA

At birth, 16-year-old Sade was born mostly deaf. She could only hear 30% out of one ear. As a child, Sade learned to communicate by reading lips. Naturally caring, Sade always had a passion for helping others. However, her battles with bullying and shyness prevented her from speaking out. Once she got to elementary school, [...]

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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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