For more information, please see the COA Youth and Family Web site.

COA (Children's Outing Association) Youth and Family Centers


COA Administration Building: 909 E. North Avenue (orientation only)

COA Riverwest Center: 909 E. Garfield Avenue


COA Administration Building: Take the #10 eastbound to Humboldt and North. Turn left onto North Ave and walk 3 blocks until it dead ends. Building is on the left.

Approximate Travel Time By Car: 9 minutes

Approximate Travel Time By Bus: 20 minutes

COA Goldin Center: From 12th and Wells, take the #12 northbound to Teutonia & Burleigh. Walk to Burleigh & N 16th. Take the #60 to Burleigh & N 24th. The building is just behind you.

Approximate Travel Time By Car: 10 minutes

Approximate Travel Time By Bus: 30 minutes

COA Riverwest Center: Take the #10 eastbound to Humboldt and North. Backtrack 1 block on N. Humboldt Ave. toward E. Garfield Ave. Turn right onto Garfield Ave (away from the pick n save) and walk 1 block to end of street.

Approximate Travel Time By Car: 9 minutes

Approximate Travel Time By Bus: 20 minutes

Orientation: February 4th at 3:00pm at the Administration Building

Days/Hours of Operation:

Description of Agency/Activities:

Serving 16,000 children and families each year, 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 at 18 locations throughout Milwaukee, including two urban community centers and a rural camp facility. COA works with children, teens and parents from many backgrounds, directing their energy and ideas into constructive programs of recreation and community betterment. As a multicultural agency, COA values diversity and cooperation, and promotes growth and positive social interaction. We fulfill our mission through five core program areas: Early Education, Family Support Services, Camping, Youth Development, and Community Services.

Student Role in Agency:

COA is currently in need of Marquette University Service Learners for their Riverwest Early Education Center, which offers safe and nurturing childcare to children ages 0-6, by skilled staff members with decades of experience. Activities promote both cognitive and social development in a multi-cultural setting, and ensure school readiness. This nationally accredited year-round childcare is located at COA’s Riverwest Center on 909 E. Garfield Avenue. Service Learners are needed any day Monday-Friday, any time between 9am-12pm or 3pm-6pm. Service Learners can expect to assist staff with circle time, art, recess, snack, room maintenance, reading and much more!

Commitment: 2-4 hours per week for the duration of the semester.


Contact Us

Marquette University Service Learning
P.O. Box 1881
707 N. 11th St. Room 303
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1881

Phone Number: (414) 288-0250
Fax Number: (414) 288-3259

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