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MYC & JAG
April 2017
Newsletter
MYC St. Pat's Fundraiser
THANK YOU!

On behalf of the Milford Youth Commission and staff, we would like to thank everyone who attended, donated, supported, and volunteered to make the seventh annual St. Pat's Fundraiser successful, raising $6,000 for Youth Center programs! The event was held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 and was the first fundraiser at the newly renovated Youth Center! The event included a cash bar, music, raffles, community awards, youth art auction, corn hole, appetizers and a special dance performance by one of our rental groups "Danza Intercultural Muskuk Nan." 

We also announced our 2017 Community Appreciation Awards. Mike Volpe, accepted the Community Appreciation Award on behalf of ANP Bellingham. Mike Volpe and ANP Bellingham were an easy selection as the recipient of this award, due to the years of their dedication to the Center. Mike was responsible for helping to coordinate the donation of a boiler, valued at over $80,000, a landscaping project, with the collaboration of Consigli Construction and Nydem Landscaping, valued at over $30,000 and numerous monetary donations towards our After School and Holiday giving program.

Our second 2017 Community Appreciation Award was given to the Milford Girls Softball League. Before the renovation, members of Milford Girls Softball league and Board would utilize our cages but always looked for ways to help the Center. Whether it was donating the cages themselves, fixing and installing lighting in the basement and the gym, taking down the storage closets so we could put up batting cages back up in the newly renovated Center, painted walls, or donated a $6,500 floor machine - there is nothing this group won't do to help support us! Board members Paul Bonvino, Mike Bonina, Paul Pellegrini, Peter Tredeau, Joe Douglas and Mike Swain accepted the award at the event!

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: Trinity Episcopal Church, Murray Law Office, Milford Braces PC, Milford girls softball league, Hoop Crew, LLC, Old Time Auto Sales, ANP Bellingham/Dynegy Power, Pizza Palace, Walsh Brother Inc. (Mike Gentile), Gold's Gym, Bon Tempo Family, E-Z Way Car Wash, Platinum Physical Therapy, Relaxation Creation, Dogfish Head Brewery, Teachers Driving Academy, McDonalds, SportsClips, Shannon Leigh Photography, Oliva's Market, Catering & Gourmet Gifts, Mark Berman, Accurate Auto Care, Midtown Family Fitness,John Smith Sports Center, Imperial Cars, Paul Johnson, Nikki Marie, Danielle Marie, Helena Passamonti, Jessica Friswell, Breanna Claro JP Liquors, Tent Connection, Chris and Gary's Tent Rental, Milford Police Department, Signs Plus, BJ's Wholesale Club of Franklin, Hoop Crew LLC., Area Glass Co., Afonso Real Estate Inc., Linda Farricy and Ron Auger! Thank you to Milford Town Crier, Myfm 101.3 and Milford TV for helping us promote the fundraiser. We would lastly like to thank our amazing staff, board members and volunteers who helped with the planning, set up & clean up! 

For more photos of the event, click here. For slideshow that we showed at the event, click here
MYC After School Program Updates!

Here we are in the month of April!! Spring has sprung! Time flies here at the Youth Center. We are so busy with all of our after-school programs. As a reminder, all participants must be a Milford resident and/or attend Milford Schools, to fill out a registration form to be a member (8-18 yr olds) and participate in programming.

The gym, game room and lounge are open for free use every day and we have at least three structured programs daily for April. We will continue to run homework room, nutrition, career and college advising (where we offer extended guidance counseling for teens who want help with their FAFSA, college application, resumes, and job applications), crafts, JAG (the Juvenile Advocacy Group), Sewing, and Pokémon club. In addition to our core programming we will also be adding a few new programs for the month of April. New programs include; gardening (which Blackstone Valley Technical High School has agreed to work with us to build garden boxes in the back of the Youth Center), Taste Exploration (a chance for youth to try new foods), and a walking club where youth can enjoy guided strolls down the bike path. For full calendar and times, click here. We are always open to new ideas and search for volunteers who would like to run a program or help monitor. Contact Christine Daddario, cdaddario@townofmilford.com, 508-473-1756 if you would like to volunteer.

As a reminder, all participants must be a Milford resident and/or attend Milford Schools, to fill out a registration form to become a member. Once this form is returned to the Center, the member will be provided with a key tag and ID number. This will be how the Youth Center staff will track attendance. Therefore, all members are required to bring in their key tag in order to enter the facility. If key tag is lost, the Center will charge $1.00 for replacement. You can find out all up-to-date info at our website.

Thank you Stacy Middle School and Woodland Elementary for allowing us to come in to do outreach!
  CrossFit at the MYC!

We are so excited to announce that CrossFit will be coming to the Milford Youth Center!! And it's FREE. Marc Pitts from CrossFit Never Doubt will be coming every Monday, starting April 3rd and going until May 15th. The program will start at 3:30. Space is limited to 12 participants per class, so get here fast on Mondays. There will be no "in advance" sign up. Sign-ups will occur the day of the program. The program is free and you must be an after-school member to participate. To register you will need to be a Milford resident or attend Milford schools and be between the ages of 8 and 18. 

THANK YOU to Milford Regional Hospital for running this program. We are so happy to be collaborating with a partner in our community that is an advocate for the health of our youth. CrossFit is the first of many programs the hospital plans to run at the Milford Youth Center.

MYC Summer Camp Registration & 
Camp Counselor Positions Available!

MYC Summer Camp is now officially ready for campers to register for the summer of 2017! We are so excited to announce several new events for campers this year! Make sure to sign up in advance (limited space available). Camp will be $140/week for Milford Residents, $150/week for non-Milford Residents, or $50 per day to attend.

For registration form, click here. For MYC Summer Camp schedule of activities, click here.

If there are any local businesses or organizations that would like to sponsor a camper this summer, please contact the Center here. 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! Please contact us if you would like to participate!

The Milford Youth Center is looking for summer camp counselors! Please return to Milford Youth Center, along with a resume, at 24 Pearl St., Milford., MA 01757. Applications are due by Friday, April 21, 2017. For application, click here.
  Thank you from the MYC!

The Youth Center would like to extend a very appreciative thank you to the following people who donated items this month to the Center:
  • Milford Fire Department:  for allowing us to come over with one of our After School members who aspires to become a fireman! Three Milford Firefighters sat down with our member to give him advice and allowed him to ask questions on the steps of becoming a firefighter as part of our new Career/College Guidance program. 
  • The Milford Highway Dept. for helping Youth Center staff  picking up turf for our batting cages and also for helping us get our Heavy Bag Boxing Stand back into the building! Unfortunately after the renovation we were unable to get it back into the building. The Highway Department were able to remove the legs and then weld it back together for us!
  • Consigli Construction Co. for inviting us to be a part of their volunteer showcase on March 24, 2017!
  • BVT cosmetology shop for coming in to show the kids how to apply makeup the correct way. They had so much fun! 
  • Our amazing volunteers: John and Darlene Dulude, Diane Conino, Alison Caruso
The Youth Center relies on donations to hep sustain our programs! Please contact the Center if you would like to donate! 
Over 80 MYC After School Participate in Month Long March Madness Tourney!

Awesome end to our month long March Madness Tourney at the MYC!  Over 80 After School members, representing 16 different college teams participated in the month long tournament! 

We ended the competition with the 3 vs. 3 championship with team LSU taking the win and team Butler taking second place! We also had our High School 3-point contest with Giovanny taking first place and Deryck taking second! Our middle school 3-point contest winner was Greg! Finally we had a staff, middle school and high school 3 point contest with Greg (Middle School) taking the W!! Thank you Justin Brilliant and Emma Liskov for volunteering all month for us! Thank you Milford TV for letting us use your cameras to take some footage of the competition and Imprint Graphics Inc. for getting us t-shirts so quickly!

This is one of our favorite annual events, where every team consists of After School members in middle school and high school! They learn to play together and enjoy a fun competition all month! Congrats to all the participants! For videos and more photos visit our Facebook Page
MYC/JAG Relay for Life Team! 

The JAG Youth Council decided that they wanted to participate in Milford's Relay for Life on May 12th to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much.

Shout out to one of our Relay for Life participants, EarlWilson! He has already raised $160 for our team that will go to the American Cancer Society. Great job, Earl!!

To donate to the MYC & JAG team, click here
MYC After School Youth  Take Part in a Mock Emergency Readiness Program

Recent events have taught us that all towns and cities need to be ready for anything, including natural disasters, terrorism, and disease. In light of this, the Worcester Regional Medical Reserve Corps has implemented a Disaster Preparedness Program. The MRC is comprised of a group of committed volunteers, with or without medical backgrounds, who keep their communities safe by responding to public health emergencies. This Disaster Preparedness Program was made possible by a federal grant and MRC volunteers were able to bring this program to the children of the Milford Youth Center. Youth were led in a discussion of what to do in an emergency and then participated in a fun "zombie survival game" that outlined the elements of survival in an emergency situation. Youth were also instructed to take home materials to family members and come up with strategic plans for emergencies. Upon completion, the kids were given survival backpacks, which included things like emergency blankets, MRE's, purified water, flashlights, a first aid kit, glow sticks, emergency handbooks, and many other life prolonging gear. As an incentive, when youth finish completing emergency materials with their families and bring them back to the MYC they will also receive an emergency tent to add to their survival backpack. This was such a fun and unique event that the kids loved. We were fortunate to be able to offer this realistic and practical training to our youth. If you would like more information about this program, contact Mary Watson: twatson014@comcast.net
MYC Fashion Show Info!
We are happy to announce the date of our 7th annual "Dressed Up, Not Messed Up" Fashion Show! The show will take place on Saturday, June 10th. Through this event we plan to raise awareness about underage drinking and help teens become better informed about the dangers of alcohol so they can make healthy decisions throughout life. We also hope this event will increase youth self-esteem and attitudes toward their body image! This will also be our first fashion show at the newly renovated Youth Center!!!

An information session and sign-ups will take place on Wednesday, April 26th at 6:30 pm at the Milford Youth Center. This is a mandatory meeting that all parents/guardians and participants must attend! TJ Maxx of Milford will be providing outfits for the show and BVT cosmetology and local businesses will be providing hair and makeup. At this meeting all participants will sign up for time slots to try on outfits and appointments for hair and makeup. Youth will also need a permission form and photo release, which will be done during the meeting. We hope to see you there. This event is always a ton of fun and a big success!

Any questions can be directed to Christine Daddario, cdaddario@townofmilford.com, 508-473-1756
Victoria Williams, MYC AmeriCorps Member, Speaks at SCI Luncheon!
MYC staff attended the 2017 Social Capital Inc. luncheon in Boston on Wednesday, March 29, 2017! Victoria Williams, our SCI AmeriCorps member, gave an amazing speech and received a standing ovation! Great event to support the mission of SCI and the impact of AmeriCorps members in the 20 communities in which they serve!

For more on Social Capital Inc., click here. For a video of the standing ovation, click here

MYC Walking Available!
The Milford Youth Center will continue this month to be open from 9 AM to 10:30 AM on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings for Milford residents to use the gym for walking! 

For April the Center will be open during these hours on the following dates (we have coffee too!):

 

  • April 4th & 6th 
  • April 11th & 13th
  • April 18th & 20th
  • April 25th & 27th 
Adult Open Gym continues into April!
The Milford Youth Center will continue to be open for adult open gym for the month of April! Open gym will be every Wednesday night from 9:00 - 10:30 PM This is only open to adults (18+).   All participants will be charged a $4 entry fee to participate each week.  Depending on the turnout, we will consider continuing open gym for additional months.  If you have any questions, please contact the MYC at 508-473-1756. 
Teachers Driving Academy
 2017 Classes!

We are accepting registrations for Teacher's Driving Academy for the 2017 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 to "The Town of Milford- Milford Youth Center" as a donation from the TDA. Please mail form to the Youth Center address at 24 Pearl St.  We are very grateful for this collaboration and support!     

Rentals Available at MYC!
Now that we have our beautiful renovations, we would love to share them with the community!  The Milford Youth Center is available for rental purposes. The rooms we have available to rent as of right now are the gymnasium and/or stage area, conference room and batting cages. We do require an application to be filled out 3 weeks prior to your event and must comply with our rules and regulations. All information required must be submitted prior to the approval of your request. Please contact, Assistant Director Katie Covell here or at 508-473-1756 for more information. All booking for rentals are by appointment only!
Rooms and Items still available to
Adopt at MYC!

Interested in becoming a donor?
Y our business, organization or family can adopt a room and/or item and a plaque will placed for all donors!


1. Bronze - $100.00 (Ex. Arts & Crafts Storage/Supplies, Chairs (stacks of 10), Folding Tables (sets of 5)

2. Silver - $250.00 (Ex. Cork Bulletin Board with door (lock and key), Flat screen TV, Office desks)

3. Gold - $500.00 (Ex. Lounge Chairs, Kitchen Tables and Chairs)

4. Platinum - $1,000.00 (Adopt a room/space: Main office, Arts & Crafts Room, Movie/media room, Game Room)

Thank you all again and click  here for more information and  here for a form to participate! 
Business AD Space Available to Support the Milford Youth Center!

 
How it works: When members enter the Center, they'll see your ad on the check-in screen. They'll touch the screen in order to check-in for their activities each day. After completing the check-in process, your ad will be shown again as part of a 'thank you' screen. Your ad will show itself all day like a digital billboard.

Price: $1000 per year or $1800 for 2 years. Your ad will rotate every 10 seconds. The Milford Youth Center typically operate from 10:00am - 10:00pm, Monday - Friday, and various hours on the weekends for rentals. Contact milfordyouthcenter@comcast.net or 508-473-1756 for details and specific pricing.

Screen size and presence: 23" wide aspect touchscreen mounted or located on front-desk

Artwork dimensions/format: 23" Wide Aspect screen (2:1 ratio) with diagonal of 23", which translates to a height of 10" and width of 20.00". Highest resolution possible (300 DPI or greater) and EPS/vector or any image format.

Reporting: At the end of each month, you'll receive a report showing the number of impressions and unique viewers. You'll also receive information regarding the gender and age of people who viewed your advertisement.
Why: All proceeds go directly towards Youth Center programming and supplies, allowing the Center to remain a free program to all the youth of Milford. Your business will be able to support this cause, while also promoting your company!

Please find attached the current listing of meals offered in the Milford
area throughout the month.  

There are free meal options in Milford and all are welcome! Meals are available almost everyday of the week!  For different locations for different days, please click  here

 

    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 3, 2017
In This Issue
MYC St. Pat's Fundraiser! Thank you
After School Program
CrossFit at MYC
MYC Summer Camp
Thank you for Donations
MYC March Madness Tourney
MYC/JAG Relay for Life Team
Emergency Readiness Program
MYC Fashion Show Info
SCI Luncheon
MYC Walking Available
Adult Open Gym at MYC
TDA
Rentals at MYC
Adopt a room and/or furniture
Business AD Space at MYC
Free Community Meals

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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 .

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.  

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.
Milford Youth Center:  milfordyouthcenter@comcast.net
phone: 508.473.1756
web: http://milfordyouthcenter.net/
 
Juvenile Advocacy Group: communityimpactinc@gmail.com
phone: 508.422.0242