Milwaukee School-Age & Youth Resources

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Youth Shelters

  • Walker's Point Youth & Family 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, phone (414) 647-8200.
  • Pathfinders, phone. (414) 271-4610.
  • Youth Shelter 24-Hour Hotline, phone (414) 271-1560.
  • SafePath Youth Sexual Abuse Hotline, phone (414) 271-9523 or (866) 212-SAFE (7233).

Employment

Job Corps

Recreation Program Resources

This directory lists some of the many organizations providing services to youth in the City of Milwaukee. Listing in this directory does not indicate an endorsement by the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare. Parents/guardians/case managers are encouraged to visit youth programs before enrolling children to ensure a safe and positive environment. The Youth Program Visit Checklist provides a list of questions to ask when visiting the center. Please also phone the organization for the most updated information about programs.

Milwaukee Public Schools partners with community organizations to offer after-school, school day-off, and summer programs. Some programs are recreational, while others combine homework help and tutoring with recreational activities. Some schools have more than one program. Children do not need to be enrolled in the school hosting the program in order to attend.

MPS Cooperative Tutoring Sites
MPS Before and After School Programs
MPS Community Learning Centers
MPS Child Care Camps
Safe and Sound

Citywide Programs

Big Brothers/Big Sisters
788 N. Jefferson, Suite 600
Phone (414) 258-4778 ex. 250
Ages served: 5-18         Fees: No

Provides mentors for all children who need them. Mentors are community volunteers who are carefully screened and trained by the organization. Children of Promise program mentors children whose parents are incarcerated.

Discovery World, Pier 1 Center
500 North Harbor Drive (near Summer Fest grounds)
Phone (414) 765-9966
Ages served: 5-18, separated by age within programs
Fees: Yes, limited scholarships available.
Inspires children to explore the world of science. Great Lakes education. Workshops, day programs, and summer science camps, family activities, hands-on science museum, Edward Sullivan schooner program.

Milwaukee Public Libraries
814 W. Wisconsin Ave. and at various locations
Phone (414)  286-3000
Ages served: pre-school-adult         Fees: No
Family activities to prepare pre-school children for reading. Fun activities for school-age children to encourage reading. Homework help. Computer-assisted learning. Tutoring/GED/adult literacy

Milwaukee Recreation
MPS Central Office
5255 N. Vliet St.
Phone (414)  475-8280
Ages served: pre-school to seniors, includes disabled     
Fees: Yes, reduced for low-income.
Provides recreational activities and enrichment classes to individuals and families. Sports, aquatics, computer learning, dance/gymnastics/martial arts, music. nature programs, family outings, youth/teen activities, cooking, fitness.

Milwaukee County UW-Extension 
9501 W Watertown Plank Rd.
Wauwatosa
, WI 53226
(414) 256-4600
UW-Extension 4-H youth programs teach young people about responsibility, decision-making, problem solving and leadership. Through hands-on activities, youth learn practical life skills while having fun. Activities include arts and crafts, community gardening, rocketry, camping, sewing, cooking, and computer technology.

Wisconsin Humane Society 
4500 W. Wisconsin Ave. 
Phone (414)  431-6159 (Education Dept.)  
Ages served:  pre-school-18 
Fees: Yes, reduced for low-income.
Helps children develop empathy and kindness through contact with animals in the belief that kind children become kind adults. Promotes a kind community that values animals. Family activities. Day programs/summer programs. Building Humane Families program promotes healthy relationships. Volunteer opportunities for youth.

Milwaukee County Zoo/Zoological Society
10005 W. Bluemound Rd. 
Phone (414)  771-5580 
Ages served: pre-school-18, separated by age within programs
Fees: Yes 
Milwaukee County residents with I.D. receive $1.75 off regular Zoo admission everyday. Every Wednesday, Milwaukee County residents with I.D. are admitted at a reduced rate of $5.25 for adults and $2.75 for juniors (age 3 to 12). Group rates available.

Milwaukee Public Museum
800 W. Wells St. 
Phone (414) 278-2728 
Ages served: pre-school-18, separated by age within programs 
Fees: Yes
Family and child only education programs for a variety of age groups. Workshops for Boy/Girl Scouts. After school programs for 6-8th graders from Sarah Scott, Lincoln, and Notre Dame Schools. Check the web site for programs.

Zip Code 53204

Don & Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club
2404 W. Rogers St. 
Phone (414) 383-2650 
Ages served: 5-18, separated by age within programs 
Fees: $5/year. May be waived.
Provides education, recreation, and character building activities for youth. After school programs. Summer camps. School days off programs. Game room. Swimming, leadership, financial management, sound studio, computer lab, sports league, girls/boys self development.

Journey House Youth Center 
2110 W. Scott Street  
Milwaukee
, WI 53204

(414) 647-0548
Ages served: pre-school-18, separated by age within programs 
Fees: No
Safe place and something positive to do during at-risk, after-school hours. School-days off care. Summer vacation program. Computer lab, recreation, leadership training, self-development, tutoring/homework help, sports leagues.

Zip Code 53205

Northside YMCA
1350 W. North Ave.
Phone (414) 265-9622
Ages served preschool-18, separated by age within programs
Fees: Sliding scale. Teen leadership program $5 year
After school programs and school days off program, summer programs, basketball courts, team sports, pool/family aquatic center, teen center, family center, fitness classes.

Running Rebels
1300A W. Fond du Lac Ave.
Phone (414) 264-8222
Ages served: 8 - 18, separated by age within programs     Fees: sliding scale
By offering a youth program that focuses on education and recreational activities. Running Rebels provides Milwaukee's youth with positive alternatives to gangs and substance abuse. After-school program, summer vacation program, recreation, tutoring/homework help, basketball, teen dances/music events. self-development, arts/crafts, music production, parenting classes, homemaking classes, GED.

Milwaukee Community Service Corps
1441 N. 7th St.
Phone (414) 372-9040
Ages served: 13-18     Fees: Participating youth earn for working in the community
The Milwaukee Community Service Corps (MCSC) is a grassroots organization working to meet the needs of the community through visible and measurable community service. After school program, summer vacation program, tutoring/homework help, GED/HS Equivalency, work related skills, driver's education, self-development, lead removal certification, CDL licensing HAZWAP training.

Zip Code 53206

Project Focal Point
811 W Burleigh St.

(414) 372-7650 or 550-4373.
Ages service: 6 - 21
Offers a variety of youth programs, including teen activities, recreation, and education.

Zip Code 53208 

Roger & Leona Fitzsimmonds Boys & Girls Club 
3400 W. North Ave. 
Phone (414) 874-3700 
Ages served: 5-18, separated by age within programs 
Fees: $5/year.

Zip Code 53209 

Augusta M. LaVarnway Boys & Girls Club
2739 N. 15th St. 
Phone (414) 372-6810 
Ages served: 5-18, separated by age within programs 
Fees: $5/year. May be waived.

Daniels-Mandak Boys & Girls Club 
 4834 N. 35th St. 
Phone (414) 578-1228 
Ages served: 5-18, separated by age within programs 
Fees; $5/year.

Agape Community Center 
Berryland - Milw. Housing Authority, 6100 N. 42nd St. 
Phone (414) 464-4440 
Ages served: 5-18 separated by age group in programs 
Fees: No 

Neighborhood House 
2819 Richardson Place 
Phone (414) 933-6161 
Ages served; infants -18 separated by age group in programs 
Fees; No 

Zip Code 53210 

Mary Ryan Boys & Girls Club 
3400 N. Sherman Blvd. (in the park) 
Phone (414) 447-52333 
Ages served: 5-18, separated by age within programs 
Fees: $5/year.

Zip Code 53212 

Boys & Girls Club, Hillside
611 W. Cherry St. 
Phone (414) 291-0347 
Ages served: 5-18, separated by age within programs 
Fees: $5/year

Holton Youth and Family Center
510 E. Burleigh St
Ph. (414)
226-6210

COA Youth and Family Centers
909 E. Garfield Ave.
Phone (414) 8397 ext. 130 
Ages served: preschool - 18, separated by age in program. 
Day care provider. Teen center.
Fees: Yes. Scholarships available 

Bethel Community Development
2576 N. 5th St. 
Phone (414) 463-7950 
Ages served: preschool - 18, separated by age in program 
Fees: No 

YMCA, Parklawn
4340 N. 46th Street 
Phone (414) 873-9622 
Ages served: 5-18, separated by age within programs 
Fees: Yes, per program

Zip Code 53216

YMCA, Schroeder Aquatic Center 
 9250 N. Green Bay Rd., Brown Deer 
Phone (414) 354-9622 
Ages served: 5-18, separated by age within programs 
Fees: Yes, per program 

Zip Code 53218 

Silver Spring Neighborhood Center
5460 N. 64th St. 
Phone (414) 463-7950 
Ages served: pre-school-adult, separated by age in program 
Fees: sliding scale. 

Zip Code 53221 

Northside YMCA
3720 S 27th Street 
Phone (414)  817-9622  
Ages served: preschool-18, separated by age within programs 
Fees: sliding scale


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