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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.

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Our Reputation for Excellence

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COA Youth & Family Centers has received a 4-Star rating for the ninth consecutive year from Charity Navigator, a national evaluator of nonprofit organizations. Only 1% of the charities rated by Charity Navigator have received this top distinction for nine or more years consecutively. COA also scored among the top highest rated children and family services organizations in the nation.

Testimonials

When I was 20 and a new mom, I found the Family Center. At 22 with 2 kids, the center saved me time and time again. Today, 42 and pregnant with 4 kids under 3years old in my care, you brightened my rainy day as usual. So grateful for this resource!
Shannon, Family Resource Center
COA is a lifesaver!! We go stir crazy in the house. The kids love it here. I need to feel a social connection with other parents. I get so bored and lonely and isolated home with the kids all day. Also – social interactions for the toddlers is invaluable.
Riverwest Mother
I come to the COA to expose my son to other kids, so he can interact and learn from them. I appreciate the many different people from different cultures and walks of life. I love all the difference art projects that my son can try without messing up my house.
Riverwest Father
I come to COA because it is an awesome, clean, friendly environment that is very well-suited to my kids. I also really appreciate the educational aspect of drop-in, such as crafts and songs. My kids would not be the same had we not been coming to COA. Thank you Anne and COA.
Riverwest Mother
Young people learn, grow and thrive at COA because the counselors, teachers, administrators, donors and volunteers here share a commitment to giving them a positive future. The leaders at COA are a unique combination of brains and tenacity. Every single day they lead by example. They know when to lecture to a group and when to have a soft spoken one-on-one conversation with a child. They also know the best ways to involve parents. COA has invested in and enhanced the Milwaukee community for more than 100 years. Today it continues to expand the ways it enhances the lives of young people. COA had vitality yesterday, it has vitality today and will have even more vitality tomorrow.
Walter Fee, COA Volunteer
When I first began volunteering, I really wasn’t sure what to expect or how I’d be received by the kids. After my first day at the youth center, one of the kids told me I should start working there every day (and he has repeated that sentiment a handful of times since). Hearing that made me feel good about what I was doing, while also helping to put me at ease. Since then, I’ve really enjoyed my time volunteering and plan to continue doing it as long as they’ll keep me around.
Kyle Buehner, COA Volunteer

 

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