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.
COA’s Family Resource Centers provide parenting classes, arts and crafts, community resources and more to families.
COA provides after-school and summer programming for preteens (6-12) and teens (13-18) at two urban community centers and eight Milwaukee schools, including academics, sports, visual and performing arts, leadership building and more.
Youth attend COA’s Camp Helen Brachman in central Wisconsin at summer camps, winter camps and year-round family camps.
COA’s award-winning community development initiatives are transforming the neighborhoods surrounding COA’s two community centers by:
Each year at COA’s Oscar Night Hollywood Gala, we honor one amazing participant from across all COA programs with the Rising Star Award. This award recognizes individuals who demonstrate what it means to reach their [...]
When COA’s Community Engagement Director Nicole Franklin first learned about a new program taking shape focused on strengthening youth-police relationships in Moody Park, she was skeptical the program would work. Relationships between law enforcement and [...]
Picture a littered, vandalized and vacant ‘park’ in the central city overlooking the skyline. This was Kilbourn Park in the early 2000s, before COA Youth & Family Centers engineered its remarkable turnaround. Once an underutilized [...]
By becoming a volunteer for COA, you will play an important role in our commitment to Milwaukee children and families. Whether you’re an individual, family or workplace group, COA can provide a volunteer opportunity that meets your interests and commitment level.
Volunteer opportunities include tutoring, hosting supply drives, helping with special events and so much more!
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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.