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COA Youth & Family Centers

909 E. North Avenue •
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone:(414) 263- 8383 • Fax:(414) 263-8386

COA has served Milwaukee children and families for over 100 years, and I hope this website helps you learn more about the many wonderful programs COA has to offer. There is something for everyone at COA and I hope you will like what you see and want to get involved. If so, please contact us. And if you want to see more, I would be glad to give you a tour so you can see for yourself how COA reaches so many children and families and how your support and involvement can play an important role. Welcome!


Mission: 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.

COA Youth & Family Centers has received a 4-Star rating for the eighth consecutive year from Charity Navigator, a national evaluator of nonprofit organizations. Only 2% of the charities rated by Charity Navigator have received this top distinction for eight or more years consecutively. In addition to being one of only 23 4-Star rated nonprofits in Wisconsin, COA also scored among the top ten highest rated children and family services organizations in the nation.





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Parents Of The Year 2014

Thanks for all who attended, donated, sponsored, or volunteered at our 32nd Annual Parents of the Year luncheon, honoring Steve & Melanie Booth and Rick & Sue Strait. For a recap of the event, click here. At COA Youth & Family Centers, family is at the heart of all we do. Since 1982, COA’s Parents of the Year event has recognized parents who are making a difference in their own home and in our community. Parents of the Year is a celebration of our mission and programs which reach 16,000 children, teens, and families, giving them the support and tools they need to reach their fullest potential.


Thanks to all who attended, donated, sponsored or volunteered at our 16th annual gala, Steppin' Out On Hollywood's Biggest Night.

Presented by the Marcus Corporation, NATO – National association of Theatre Owners of Wisconsin & Upper Michigan, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.