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MYC & JAG
April 2016
Newsletter
 MYC Grand Opening Announcement!

On Saturday, May 14, 2016, the Town of Milford will be celebrating its rich culture, history and community diversity at the first ever CELEBRATE MILFORD event. What better day to celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of the Armory and home of the Milford Youth Center!

The Milford Youth Commission and staff are excited to welcome the community to the 24 Pearl St. location for the unveiling of our newly renovated building. Please save the date and we will be sending more information/details soon! This event will be followed by our Annual Fashion Show at 6 PM! For more information on the Celebrate Milford event, and how to get involved, click here
 After School Program Will Re-Open May 16th!

We would like to welcome you and your family back to the Milford Youth Center After School Program at our home, the Armory! Please check out our calendar for the month of May here (starting Monday, May 16th). 

The Milford Youth Center has become the focal point for the children of Milford. It hosts many different activities and events throughout the year for the youth! The Milford Youth Center's after school program is open for youth ages 8-18, free of charge, from 2-6 pm Monday through Friday (check monthly calendar for any changes). All Youth members must be picked up by time of closing (unless they walk home). Pick up is outside of the building on 24 Pearl St.  There may be additional permission forms to participate, due to some programs being held off site (Transportation is not provided). The game room and gymnasium will be offered daily. 

All participants must fill out a registration form to be a member. Once this form is returned to the Center, the member will be provided with a keytag and ID number. This will be how the Youth Center staff will track attendance. Therefore, all members are required to bring in their keytag in order to enter the facility. If keytag is lost, the Center will charge $1.00 for replacement.  For the MYC Code of Conduct, click   here . You can find out all up-to-date info at our website.
 Part-Time Job Opportunities at the MYC!

The Milford Youth Center will be opening up two part-time positions for our return back to the Armory! One position will be for the After School hours from 2-6 PM, as an Activities Supervisor and the second position, Program Facilitator, will be utilized for both After School hours and rental times, both evenings and weekends. We are looking for mature young adults (18+) for these positions, who are good with kids and hardworking. For application, click  here.  Please return to Milford Youth Center, along with a resume, at 27 Congress St., Milford., MA 01757. Applications are due by April 8, 2016
United Way of Tri-County Recognizes Two from Milford Youth Center

We are ecstatic to announce that the United Way of Tri-County will recognize a youth member and a volunteer from the Youth Center at their upcoming Community Recognition Event on Thursday, April 7th! John Dulude will receive the Volunteer of the Year award and Julia Kidman will be recognized as the Youth Volunteer of the Year. Both John and Julia have done so much to help the Youth Center and the community! We are so grateful to the United Way of Tri-Country for honoring John and Julia for their hard work! For complete list of winners, click hereTo support the  United Way of Tri-County  and/or attend the event, click here

MYC/JAG Youth Fashion Show INFO Meeting!

Join us for an informational and sign-up meeting for our 7th Annual "Dressed Up, Not Messed Up" Fashion Show!
The meeting is will be Wednesday,  April 27th at 6:30 pm at the Community Impact Inc. offices located on 211 Main St., Milford. This is a mandatory meeting that all parents/guardians and  participants must attend!

At the meeting, youth and their families will sign up for hair and/or make-up and outfit times at T.J. Maxx of Milford. Youth will also need permission and photo release forms signed. Click here for sign up info. 

The date of the fashion show is Saturday, May 14th. We are also  pleased iso announce that we will be collaborating with Chair Secrets by Meredith Carbary at the Hair Salon in Medway. Click here for flier on how to get great hair services and help out a great cause! J OJOS Barbershop will also be offering fades for the boys in the show. Finally, Miss Massachusetts World, Maude Gorman, will be joining us at the event!

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 youth event at the newly renovated Youth Center!!!

 MYC Summer Camp Registration Available!
MYC Summer Camp is now officially ready for campers to register for the summer of 2016! 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 or $50 per day to attend. 

For registration form, click here. For MYC Summer Camp schedule of activities, c lick 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!
Teachers Driving Academy
 2016 Classes!

We are accepting registrations for Teacher's Driving Academy for the 2015-2016 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 our temporary address, 27 Congress St.  We are very grateful for this collaboration and support!     

          Get your Re-usable Bag Today:                To Support MYC!
The Milford Youth Center is pleased to announce that for the entire month of April the Milford Hannaford will support the Youth Center with a $1 donation for every ""Create a Little Good Karma" Reusable bag sold at the Milford location. 

Snap a selfie of you and your "Create a Little Good Karma" bag and post it to our "Milford Youth Center" Facebook page! We'd love to see your smiling face and show off everyone supporting this great cause! The bags are located near the registers in  center aisle, as well as in between aisle 8/9. 

The Youth Center is so grateful for the support of Hannaford! Please support the Milford Youth Center and go to the Milford Hannaford and purchase a Good Karma Reusable bag today!
MYC/JAG Relay for Life Team! 
The JAG Youth Council and Milford Youth Center will participate in the Relay for Life of Greater Milford for the fourth year in a row! 
 
The JAG Youth Council decided that they wanted to participate in Milford's Relay for Life on May 6th to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. 

Check out one of our Relay for Life participants, Earl! He has already raised $150 for our team that will go to the American Cancer Society. Great job, Earl!!

To donate to the MYC & JAG team, click  here or click on the image above. To see photos from last year's event, click  here.  
United Way Launches Ready to Read in Milford! 
Milford Youth Center staff had a great time, on March 9th,  celebrating the launch of the United Way of Tri-County's Ready to Read program in Milford! 

Ready to Read distributes 12 new books to a child each year. Children are eligible to participate in Ready to Read from birth until entering kindergarten, building a home library during their formative years to develop early literacy skills. Thank you for inviting us to participate!
MYC/JAG Youth Council Members Attend DA Early's Student Wellness Conference

MYC/JAG Youth Council members were at Worcester State University on March 22nd to attend District Attorney Joseph Early's Student Wellness Conference. This year's theme was "Promoting Good Decision Making & Positive Choices" and featured a one man show by John Morello, a talk by former NFL player Shawn Loiseau, and the film "If Only," produced by the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation. 
Thank you to DA Early and Worcester State University for hosting such an impactful and inspiring event!
Thank You to Celebrate Milford!
Thank you, Celebrate Milford, for selecting the Youth Center to receive all the donation tips from the beer garden at your Celebrate Milford Event! We appreciate the support and are excited to be a part of this event!

Here's how to support the Youth Center at Celebrate Milford on May 14th: Bartenders from Scioli's Bar, Pepperoncini's Milford, Central Tavern, Prezo Grille and Bar, Trattoria 89 and Liz's Diamond Bar & Grille will be pouring beers at the beer garden. All tips will go to the Youth Center and the bartender that collect the most tips will win a great prize!

Click here to get more information on Celebrate Milford AND buy beer and wine tasting tickets.  
Thanks Milford National Bank & Trust!
The Milford Youth Center staff and Commission would like to thank the Milford National Bank & Trust and their employees for donating office supplies to the Center! It's due to the generosity of local businesses and individuals, like you, that we are able to continue to offer free after school programming, an affordable summer camp, and provide a safe and fun environment for the youth of Milford!
MYC Out & About in the Community!
Jen and Sabrina, on the left,  represented the Youth Center at the annual Milford Family Fun Fair at Milford High School, to help promote our programs and events!  

On March 16th, MYC staff attended an SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, & Referral to Treatment) Training session. This important training gave staff the tools needed for adolescent substance abuse prevention. 

MYC Staff also attended a training, March 30th,  on sexual violence prevention in Worcester. Youth Access to Support and Services (YASS) is a free training for providers and professionals. YASS is a research study learning about organizations and their work around sexual violence. 

The Youth Center is so grateful to have the opportunity to learn and work with so many wonderful community organizations and stakeholders!
JAG'S 4th Annual Networking Breakfast
In lieu of April's meeting, the Juvenile Advocacy Group (JAG) will be hosting their 4th Annual Networking Breakfast on April 6th (registration closed) JAG has continued to work, for the past ten years, to bring together mental health providers, police, juvenile courts, schools, churches, medical providers and hospitals to address youth mental health and substance abuse in Greater Milford. This year we have continued to regionalize our efforts even further with the partnership of the S.A.F.E coalition and reaching out further to over eleven towns. JAG believes in making connections, forming relationships which in turn has allowed us to spread our efforts throughout Worcester and Norfolk Counties. 

The theme this year is "The Power of Connections". As stated by Brene Brown, PHD, LMSW, "Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued - when they can give and receive without judgement." This year we will be joined by The Walhberg Foundation (yes, one of them will be there) for a viewing of their documentary "If Only" addressing all aspects of the epidemic our youth and families are facing today. It is the power of our voices, and with the connections formed in the room, together we have the ability to be part of a larger solution for those in our lives struggling both personally and professionally. 
        Breaking the Chains of Addiction:         Drop in Centers
SAFE/JAG initiated Substance Abuse Outreach and Intervention Program. We proactively provide a gateway to professional resources for persons with Substance Use Disorders ( SUD's), their friends and family members in a manner that encourages community involvement. We seek to educate the community regarding Substance Use Disorder, reduce the stigma and increase understanding that individuals with SUDs are suffering from a disease over which they have no control. 

The centerpiec e for this outreach and intervention program will be to provide a mental health counselor(s) as a partner, who will assist in the coordination and evaluation of this project. The mental health counselor (s) will have direct oversight of all that pertains to the medical and psychological needs of program participants. Services may include referrals to outpatient counseling, medical detoxification, in/outpatient rehabilitation programs and other treatment modalities that may be indicated. 
Persons eligible for these services include:

● Persons with SUDs and/or 
● Those who suffer from SUD's while also dealing with Mental-health issues and/or
● Family members of loved ones with SUDs. 

Drop In Centers Open April 2016:
  • Milford Drop In Centers will be open from 6-9pm at Community Impact Inc., 211 Main S(Across from Johnny Jacks Restaurant, same side as Rockland Trust and next to Mery's Hair Salon) 
  • Open on the following Dates: April 5th, 19th May 3rd, 17th June 7th, 21st
  • Franklin Drop In Centers will be open from 6-9 at St. John's Episcopal Church (237 Pleasant Street)
  • Open on the Following Dates: April 14th, 28th May 12th, 26th June 16th, 30th

8 Week Mindful Teen Program 
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills Group is a didactic group in which participants learn mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness skills. These skills are taught, discussed and practiced during group. 

Participants are required to be actively participating in outpatient therapy, preferably with a clinician who knows DBT skills and offers coaching in between sessions. 

DBT is an evidenced-based intervention that helps individuals manage intense emotions more effectively, resulting in a decrease in unhealthy behaviors, an increase in healthy coping behaviors and improved interpersonal relationships. 

To register for this program go to www.communityimpactinc.net or call 508-422-0242.
S.A.F.E. Updates

SAFE Coalition April Calendar Raffle

Help Support the SAFE Coalition
Donation : $20 per Calendar
1 - $1000 prize
1 - $500 prize
4 - $100 prizes
20 - $25.00 prizes

Your name will be registered for all drawings.
Winners will be contacted at the address supplied.
Winners do not need to be present to win.


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CHNA 6 Updates
The next CHNA 6 meeting will be held  Friday, May 13th , at the Milford Senior Center (60 N. Bow St. Milford) from 9-11 AM.

The mission of CHNA 6 is to identify, plan and advocate for a healthier community. We are dedicated to the promotion of accessible multigenerational services that assist people to lead healthier lives. CHNA 6 represents the communities of Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Franklin, Hopedale, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge.

  • For information on mini-grants that are due April 8th, click here
  • To sign up for the CHNA 6 newsletter, click here
  • For more information, contact Ellen Freedman
SECOND Public Transportation Open Forum

A second Public Transportation Open Forum has been set. This very important forum will be held at the Milford Town Library on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Even though a person may have attended the first forum, all persons are encouraged to attend this second forum. All of the Selectmen will be attending; it is important that the Selectmen hear again from the Milford community about the importance of bringing public transportation to Milford. Come out to the Milford Town Library and make sure your voice is heard!

  • Public Transportation flyer in English
  • Public Transportation flyer in Portuguese  
  • Public Transportation flyer in Spanish 
Support Groups in Worcester  
An updated list of support groups for families, parents, teens, and children in and around Worcester, MA. The list includes resources for services such as childcare, financial help, LGBT communities, individuals with autism, etc. 
Here is the link to the support group pdf:  Support Group List

Y.O.U., Inc.'s Education for Employment 

If you are a youth, age 16-24, Y.O.U., Inc.'s Education for Employment program may be for you.  The Education for Employment program provides HiSET (formerly the GED) preparation, life skills and pro-social skills training, career assessment, job training and placement assistance, FAFSA assistance, and college exploration. In order to participate in this free program, youth must qualify. To find out if you qualify contact Christine Daddario: 508-473-2178 or daddarioc@youinc.org.

 

This program is funded through the Workforce Investment Act and Workforce Central Career Center.

ADHD Workshop
Join Brendan Mahan, MEd,MS, of ADHD Essentials in a workshop presentation on ADHD. The worshop will take place Wednesday, April 20 at 5:30pm at Creative Community Childcare in Milford. 

The basics of ADHD, executive function and ADHD, and the emotional impact of ADHD will be discussed along with strategies and tools for managing ADHD. A $5 donation per person is appreciated. 

To RSVP: Contact Diane at 508-473-2935 or director@milfordccc.org. 
Free Community Meals in Milford!

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 4, 2016
In This Issue
Renovation Update!
After School Program Updates
Job Opportunities
United Way Community Recognition
MYC/JAG Fashion Show
MYC Summer Camp
TDA
Thank You, Milford Hannaford
MYC/JAG Relay for Life Team!
United Way Launches Ready to Read
DA Student Wellness Conference
Thank You, Celebrate Milford
Thank You, Milford National Bank & Trust
MYC in the Community
JAG Networking Breakfast
Drop in Centers
Mindful Teen Program
SAFE Updates
CHNA 6 Updates
MWRTA Transportation Forum
Support Groups in Worcester
You Inc. EFE
ADHD Workshop
Free Community Meals

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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.

Juvenile Advocacy Group:  communityimpactinc@gmail.com
phone: 508.422.0242 
web: http://www.JAGnetwork.org


Milford Youth Center:  milfordyouthcenter@comcast.net
phone: 508.473.1756
web: http://milfordyouthcenter.net/