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MYC & JAG
April 2015
Newsletter
6th Annual St. Pat's Fundraiser a Success! 

 

On behalf of the Milford Youth Commission and staff, we would like to thank everyone who attended, donated, supported, and volunteered to make the sixth annual St. Pat's Fundraiser successful! Due to the renovation, the fundraiser was held at the Marchegiano Club and included a cash bar, music, raffles, and appetizers! 


We also announced our 2015 Community and Individual Appreciation Awards. Paul Mina, President & CPO, accepted the Community Appreciation Award on behalf of the United Way of Tri-County. The United Way of Try-County was an easy selection as the recipient of this award, due to the years of their dedication to the Center. Both Paul Mina, Jen Maseda, and the entire staff have supported our efforts from the very beginning, allowing the Center to grow and continue to offer a free after school, an affordable summer camp and numerous youth and community events! In addition, the United Way of Tri-County goes well and beyond in supporting the Center with their annual campaigns, including their "Tools for School" Back Pack program and "Hope for the Holidays" gift collection, as well as reaching out to local businesses for "Days of Caring" and monetary contributions. In addition, we awarded former Senator Richard Moore and Rep. John Fernandes with the 2015 "Individual Appreciation Awards." Both individuals have partnered in their dedication to the Center from the very beginning! We know we can always count on their support; whether it be sponsoring one of or "March Madness teams, organizing two busloads of After School members to a trip to Edaville Railroad, or securing a $50K grant for the Center and our Renovation project! We are thankful for these long-lasting relationships that have helped the Center live up to its mission in providing a safe environment that promotes self-esteem, builds character, and fosters the notion of community and the importance of respecting and serving others. 
We would like to thank every individual, organization and/or businesses that contributed to this fundraiser. For complete list, please click here


 

For more photo's, click here. For video, that Town Engineer, Vonnie Reis, created for the event, click here

 Leave a lasting mark in front of the Renovated Youth Center!

 

Would you like to take part in an opportunity to leave a lasting mark in front of the newly renovated Milford Youth Center, anticipated to be completed in September of 2015!?


 

We only have 48 bricks available to be sponsored, which will be located on the walkway as you enter the building. If you are interested in purchasing a brick, we are selling them for $125.00 each. Each brick measures, 4" x 8", with three lines and 18 characters per line allowed to be engraved! Click here for form - they are going fast and they are first come, first serve! 

 

We would like to recognize those who already sponsored one of the twelve pavers, which will be located on the patio as you enter the building (these are 12" x 12"): the DiAntonio Family, the Seaver Family, the Milford Youth Commission, Waters Corporation, Imperial Cars, Milford National Bank, Oliva's Market, Milford Rotary Club, Milford Regional Medical Center, Teacher's Driving Academy and the United Way of Tri-County! Thank you Ed Thompson and WMRC for helping us promote this fundraiser! 

 MYC After School Program
 Updates!

 

We would like to welcome you to the month of April for this school year's Milford Youth Center After School Program at the new location at 27 Congress St.  


 

The Milford Youth Center after school program is open for youth ages 8-18, free of charge, from 2-6 pm Monday through Friday (unless otherwise noted on our calendar).  Some of the programs this month include the JAG Youth Council, Milford TV training, Homework Help, Hula Hoop Dancing, Arts & Crafts, and Movie Day Fridays!  The game room is open daily and activities will be open/held outside depending on the weather. Click  here  for our full April Calendar!  All participants must fill out a  registration form   to be a member. For the month of April, we will also be collecting clothes for Cradles to Crayons, to in collaboration with Milford's Project 351's Ambassador, Emilly Costa (for more information, click here). Clothes can be dropped off during the After School hours, 2:30-6 PM. 

V
olunteers are always welcome to assist with the after school program or during the morning hours! We are always looking for help during the after school hours, 2-6 PM. You may also run a program/activity during the after school program. Please contact us if you would like to volunteer and print, sign, and return this form to the Center! We would like to thank After School volunteers: Peggy Berube, John Delude, and James Chakalos. We would like to thank Christine Daddario for running an Arts & Crafts program and Ashley Green for starting a Hula Hoop program!
MYC & JAG Attend DA Conference! 

On March 5th, nine MYC After School and JAG Youth Council members attended the Office of Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr.'s "Student Wellness Conference: Promoting Good Decision Making & Positive Choices"! 


 

The members, along with staff, attended the full day conference at Anna Maria College and learned about the importance of making healthy and positive decisions! The youth were also interviewed on Worcester News Tonight. The event was a great opportunity for youth to engage with other area youth about important issues that effect their lives! For video, click here. For more photos of event, click here

Jeff Yalden, Motivational Speaker
has Dinner at Youth Center!

We would like to thank Jeff Yalden for joining the JAG Youth Council last week at the Milford Youth Center for dinner! 

 

Jeff Yalden, one of the most in-demand youth speakers in America right now, was in town for JAG's Networking Breakfast and took time out of his busy schedule to drop into the Center! Jeff had dinner with the kids and had a long discussion on social media and bullying! It was a great experience for the kids and staff! For more pictures, click here!

MYC to be Awarded at the United Way of Tri-County's 2015 Recognition Event

On Thursday April 9th, the United Way of Tri-County will host their annual Recognition Event Breakfast! The event will be held at the Sheraton Framingham, from 7:30 am - 9:30 am. At the event, the United Way of Tri-County honors several volunteers, partners, programs, and supporters, as well as providing a breakfast and Keynote Speaker, Liz Murray.


 

Members of the Milford Youth Center annually attend this event to show our gratitude for the years or support from the United Way of Tri-County! We would not be able to accomplish everything we do without their continued confidence and support! We are excited to announce that the Center will receive the Community Impact Award and After School member, Victoria Williams will be awarded "Youth Volunteer of the Year Award!" For an article about the award, click hereFor more information of event and to purchase tickets, click here

 MYC Summer Camp Info Now Available! 

 

Milford Youth Center Summer Camp registrations are now available! Due to the renovation of the Armory, the camp will be held at the temporary location, at 27 Congress St. We will be only providing a camp for the month of July and with a limited number of spots! Activities include weekly field trips and fun in-town activities! Some trips include Canobie Lake Park, Water Wizz, Pinz Entertainment, and SkyZone! In-town activities include Fino Pool, the Town Park, and activities at the Center!


 

Camp will start Monday, July 6th. Camp will run from 8 am-4 pm for $135 per week. There is an extended day option from 4-5 pm for an extra $10 per day. There is a $50 deposit to secure the week you would like and all final payments are due the Monday of the camp week attending. Applications need to be returned to Youth Center as soon as possible in order to reserve a spot! For registration form, click here. For weekly schedule here.


 

If there are any local businesses or organizations that would like to sponsor a camper this summer please contact the Center! Every year we receive donations that help make camp available for local youth in need.  It is possible to sponsor an individual camper or a family!


 

Click  here for 2015 Summer Camp Counselor applications. Please return to the Center by June 1, 2015. Must be 16+ to apply! 

 MYC thanks Community for Donations! 

 

We would like to thank the individuals and businesses that donated to the Youth Center over the last month! First, we would like to thank Dave Balducci, owner or the Milford McDonald's (Rt. 109) and his team, for donating chairs and tables to the Center! They are already being put to good use! We would also like to thank IDG Enterprise in Framingham for donating office equipment to the Center! We would like to specifically thank Diane Anderson for organizing this for us!  Finally, we would like to thank Milford TV, who has been donating their time every Wednesday to train our After School members in how to use the cameras, lighting and editing equipment! 

Teachers Driving Academy
 2015 Classes!

We are accepting registrations for Teacher's Driving Academy for the 2015 school year! The Milford Youth Center is pleased to partner with Teachers Driving Academy to offer students a great program, at a reasonable price, with added convenience of taking classes right at school! For more information, click hereEvery registration fee is made out the Milford Youth Center as a donation from the TDA. We are very grateful for this collaboration and support!     

JAG's 3rd Annual
Networking Breakfast a Success!

The Juvenile Advocacy Group (JAG) would like to thank everyone who attended and helped plan the 3rd Annual Networking Breakfast! Over 100 local providers and organizations attended the breakfast, along with special guest speaker, Jeff Yalden

 

The results of this breakfast, efforts and relationships that have been created from the JAG has now become a "fixture" within the community and organizations. We have collectively tracked data through our partnerships with the MRMC ED, local police department and most importantly the decade of support from the MetroWest Health Foundation to provide the Adolescent Health Survey showing us trends and understanding of the emerging needs among our youth.  These partnerships have allowed us over the years to address the needs and more importantly secure funding for our efforts.

 

Most recently we have been working with in partnership with other community groups and the CHNA-6 on the Community Health Improvement Plan to address mental health and substance abuse prevention. it is our hope that through these efforts and events as  such as this our JAG efforts will be expanded to other communities and sustained within Milford, Bellingham, Hopedale, Mendon and Upton to address  adolescent Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse needs.

 

Thank you to the Milford Regional Medical Foundation, Milford Public Schools, Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, the Office of Worcester County DA Joseph Early Jr., and the Milford Police for their contributions and financial support of the breakfast. 
JAG Meeting & AWARD!

The adult JAG Coalition will have its next meeting on Wed., May 6th, at 8:45 am, at the Milford Police Station Training room. We are excited to announce that JAG will be awarded the Peter Lee Award at this year's Ounce of Prevention conference on Tuesday, April 7th at the DCU Center in Worcester!

 

The Juvenile Advocacy Group (JAG) provides an opportunity for youth, parents, community agencies, schools, state and local institutions, volunteers and our faith communities to network, coordinate services, identify and respond to emerging needs in the Greater Milford community. Through youth-adult collaboration JAG seeks to engage all sectors in the Greater Milford Area to promote healthy development for youth and families by reducing substance use, lowering risk factors and strengthening protective factors. For more information, contact Amy Leone

MYC/JAG Relay for Life Team!

The JAG Youth Council and Milford Youth Center has signed up to participate in the Relay for Life of Greater Milford for the third year in a row! 

 

The JAG Youth Council decided that they wanted to participate in Milford's Relay for Life on May 16th to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. Relay teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around the high school. Relay events are up to 24 hours in length and, because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times. To donate to the MYC & JAG team, click here. To see photos from last year's event, click here.  

New Community Impact Inc. Programs! 

Imperfectly Perfect: Sign up today for Perfectly Imperfect, a yoga and art series for ages 8-11! This program is to focus on self-love and self-expression! This program will be held at the Ahimsa Yoga Studio The class will be held on Thursdays from 3:45-5:15 on May 14, 21, 28, and June 4th. 

 

New Art and Yoga Group: Yoga and art therapy is based on addressing your need and on developing your strengths. For teens 12-16. 

 

Boys Club: This program will be limited to a small number of boys in groups of ages 5-7, 8-10. We will learn and practice both social thinking skills and regulation strategies. More information will be available soon!

 

To register, please visit: communityimpactinc.net

For more information, email here

Ahimsa Yoga Studio Classes! 

Ahimsa Yoga Studio has its Spring class schedule available! classes for the month of December. Classes include: 

  • Mondays Power Flow: 8:30-9:45AM 
  • Thursdays Power Hour: 5:30-6:30AM
  • Saturday Beginner Flow: 8:00-9:15AM  

To register, contact 

AhimsaYogaCS@gmail.com

 

There is a six class pass for $55, or individual classes for $12 per class. Because space is limited, please sign up for only the classes you will attend. Ahimsa Yoga Studio is located at the offices of Community Impact Inc., at 211 Main St. in Milford, Ma. 

 

 

Parent Forum:Prescription Drugs & Social Host Liability

Learn about the latest developments in drug abuse and parental liability as a social host allowing minors to drink alcohol in their home.  This forum will be lead by Amy Leone from Community Impact and Julie Lesure, Assistant District Attorney.  School officials, counselors, and law enforcement will also be present.

 

As a school system, we are committed to these forums as an important step in empowering students, families, schools and outside agencies to link arms in combating the perils of substance abuse for our children. 

 

When: April 14, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Milford High School Auditorium

 

Families are encouraged to email topics of interest or areas of concern to be addressed at this forum to: parentforum@milfordma.com

Milford Family & Community Network Programs

 

The Milford Family & Community Network has a bunch of new program being offered! Please call the office at 508-634-2356 to register for all programs.

 

Song & Story Time - This is a fun and interactive program for children from birth to 5 years old taking place on Friday, April 24th from 9:30 to 10:30am in our Playcenter.

 

Five Senses Fun - This is a fun, hands-on program for children from birth to 5 years old taking place on Monday, April 27th from 12:30 to 2:00pm in our Playcenter.


 

Nurturing a Reader; READING & RECREATION - This is a drop-off event for children from 5.5 to 7 years old taking place on Thursday, April 23rd from 9:30 to 11:00 am in our Playcenter.

 

In addition, we still have space in the following programs:

Baby Buddies - This is a 7-week series for babies from birth to 12 months and their caregivers from 10:00 to 11:30 am on Tuesdays, starting April 7th, 2015, in the Quarry Room at the Milford Town Library.


 

Supporting Siblings - A parent workshop designed to help parents support sibling relationships in a positive way.  This will be held on Wednesday, April 15th, from 7:00 to 9:00pm at the Bellingham Public Library.

 

     

    The MYC and JAG Monthly Newsletter will be e-mailed at the beginning of every month. If you would like to have something placed in the newsletter please e-mail Jen Ward, at jward@milfordyouthcenter.net.
April 6, 2015
In This Issue
St. Pat's Fundraiser a Success!
MYC Brick Fundraiser
MYC After School Program Update
DA Conference
Jeff Yalden at the Center
United Way of Tri-County 2015 Recognition Event
MYC Summer Camp
MYC thanks Community for Donations
TDA
Networking Breakfast a Success
JAG Meeting & Award
MYC/JAG Relay for Life Team!
Community Impact Inc. Programs
Ahimsa Yoga Studio Classes
Parent Forum
Milford FCN programs

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Juvenile Advocacy Group (JAG) mission is to work with its community partners to bring resources together to prevent substance abuse and address other emerging needs in the community. The Massachusetts communities included in JAG's service area are the towns of Milford, Bellingham and Hopedale. Through JAG's programs and services youth and their families are able to gain the information and resources to help live and lead healthier lives.  For more information, click here.

Milford Youth Center (MYC) mission is to provide a safe environment that promotes self esteem, builds character, and fosters the notion of community and the importance of respecting and serving others. For more information, click here.

The MYC & JAG work together to provide resources and opportunities for youth to make healthy decisions. The MYC & JAG have worked to provide local youth with the necessary activities and events that help them develop physically, mentally, socially and emotionally through their childhood years. By providing Milford youth with these types of programs and a safe environment during the after school hours and during our monthly events, we hope to address adolescent risk factors as well as promoting the partnership among community members to ensure a comprehensive vision and plan for the health of the youth in the town of Milford.