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MYC & JAG
December 2015
Newsletter
 After School Program Updates!

Welcome to the month of December for the Milford Youth Center's After School program this school year at the 27 Congress St. location. This location will be utilized until we are able to relocate to the newly renovated Armory, anticipated to be completed for March of 2016.

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). The game room is open daily and activities will be open/held outside depending on the weather. Click here
  for full December  calendar We also welcome all MYC youth and families to join our float for the Santa Parade on Sunday, December 6th! Please meet us at the Friendly's parking lot at 3:30 PM! Please wear jeans - we will provide a t-shirt, hat and accessories to first 50 kids!

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 an ID barcode to be placed on the back of their Milford Student ID's (once they are issued). This will be how Youth Center staff will track attendance. Therefore, all members are required to bring in their Milford School ID's in order to enter the facility.  For the MYC Code of Conduct, click  here . You can find out all up-to-date info at our  website

Volunteers 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.  We also need volunteers for our monthly evening events. Please contact us if you would like to volunteer and print, sign, and return this form to the Center! We would like to thank Linda Hertz and Sandra Caproni for donating items to the Youth Center this month!
MYC Thanksgiving Dinner!

We would like to take the time to thank everyone who helped make our Thanksgiving Dinner for the After School program such a success!!! On Tuesday, November 24th, over 50 MYC members enjoyed a full Turkey Dinner and desserts! We would like to especially thank all the JAG Youth Council members (and their families) for making the sides and desserts! Thank you  Hannafords  of Milford for donating a gift card so the Center could purchase a turkey and a ham to cook!  Finally, we would like to thank one of our board members,  Amy Tamagni for making a dessert for the kids, John Dulude for volunteering at the dinner, and Brian Bell for his generous donation!  Click here for  video  of kids! 
 Thank You Papa Ginos!

The Milford Youth Center and Juvenile Advocacy Group partnered to "Raise Some Dough" at Papa Gino's on Wednesday, November 18th!

We would like to thank the staff of Papa Gino's (located in Milford Plaza) for offering this event to the Center. We would also like to thank everyone who ordered out or attended the fundraiser!

All proceeds will go towards supporting our youth leadership group, the JAG Youth Council!

MYC Brick Fundraiser Complete!

We would like to thank everyone who took part in the opportunity to leave a lasting mark in front of the newly renovated Milford Youth Center, and take part in our fundraiser! We would like to first thank the 12 businesses,  organizations, and families that purchased a 12" x 12" paver: Milford Youth Commission, Waters Corp., Imperial Cars, Teacher's Driving Academy, Milford National Bank, Oliva's Market, Milford Rotary Club, Arts Towing,  United Way of Tri-County, Milford Regional Hospital & the Seaver, DiAntonio and Morin families! 

We would like to thank everyone who purchased the 4"x 8" bricks: The Capece, O'Brien, Goldberg, Manguso, De Jesus, Ward, Dias, Moffi, Reis, Ferreira, Tamagni, Caproni, Dulude, Trafecante, Walsh, Breault, Murray, Graziano, Morin, Maceda, Skaff, Daddario, Morganelli, Smith, Malnati, Crisafulli,  Salamone, Julian, Correia, Benjamins, DiVittorio, Maffia, Tinio and Lorusso Families. Lanzetta Excavating, Pizza Palace, OMR Architects Inc, Community Impact Inc., Riverside Community Care, Art's Towing , Law Offices of Michael M. Kaplan, Curry Audio, and Worldband World Class Technical Consultants. 
 FIGHT ALS Holiday Dinner Fundraiser!

Join us to support the Milford Youth Center and Milford Youth Travel Basketball in their efforts to raise money and awareness for Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) in memory of former MYC Chairman and MABA Youth President, Paul "Wally" Seaver and in correlation with the 3rd Annual FIGHT ALS Youth Holiday Showdown, presented by Hoop Crew, LLC.  
  
Date: Saturday, December 19th
Place: Hoboken Club
Time: 7pm - 12am
Price: $40 per ticket
Additional: There will be raffles/silent auctions/music/beer and wine bar/food will be catered by Lou Piazza.

For more information, please contact Paul Seaver. Click  here  for RSVP form and flier. 
Help JAG Bake Some Holiday Cheer!!!  
For the 3rd year in a row, the JAG Youth Council will be baking some Holiday cheer! Each year, members of the group volunteer and make a batch of cookies to be delivered to a Boston Shelter in need! This year the kids will be personalizing a card for each bag to wish each individual a happy holiday!  We are asking for help from the community to collect male white socks and toiletry items to add to the bags ! Items can be dropped off from 2:30-6 PM (during After School hours) or between 10 am -2 pm (please call to schedule drop off at 508-473-1756) at the Center (27 Congress St.) Collection will end on Monday, December 14th
Upcoming Adult JAG Meeting and Info! 
The adult JAG Coalition will have its third meeting of the year on Wed., 
December 2, at 8:45 am , at the Milford Police Station Training room. We would like to thank Madi and Angel. from the JAG Youth Council, for join us at the November meeting!
 
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  

Click here for resource card to know how to get help if you have survived an overdose and are ready for help.  Milford Police Officers, and other collaborative resources are passing these cards out to help anyone struggling with addiction or has suffered an overdose. 

For more information, on the "Love Life: Do What's Right" Fashion Show, to raise awareness of underage drinking and substance abuse., click here. This event is a project by Hopedale Senior and Community Impact Inc. intern, Kate Hollis. 
Help Support the MYC/JAG Youth Fashion Show

The Milford Youth Center is pleased to announce that we will be collaborating with Chair Secrets by Meredith Carbary at the Hair Salon in Medway for our 7th Annual MYC/JAG Fashion Show, "Dressed Up, Not Messed Up" (Event in May of 2016). 

From October 2015 thru May 2016, the salon will have multiple ways to help fundraise for the Milford Youth Center members to be able to keep their the runway fashion outfits! In addition,  Event Hair's staff will be assisting in styling the children at T. J.Maxx' & doing the hair and make up the evening of the performance! 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! 

Click here for flier on how to get great hair services and help out a great cause! We would like to thank Meredith Carbary, Chair Secrets and the Hair Salon for collaborating with us on this effort! The Assistant Director of the MYC was the first to participate...will you be next?! 
SAFE Coalition Updates
The SAFE Coalition will present an interactive forum designed to educate on the warning signs of drug or alcohol abuse on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 7 pm in the Franklin High School auditorium. The program will include tips on early intervention strategies and resources to help keep your loved one safe.

A panel of parents, substance abuse treatment providers, students, and educators has been assembled.  Warning sign kits that you can take home will be provided to each participant in the program. 

Katie Truitt from the Missin Matt Foundation and Kathy Getchell from S.A.F.E. will speak from the parent's perspective. Amy Leone from Community Impact and other experts will share methods of addressing the issue with your young teens and offer solutions for those that may indeed have a problem with addiction. And there will also be an update on the S.A.F.E. Coalition's upcoming programs and solutions. 

Please save the date and plan to join us on December 8 as we continue our community conversation. You can view the Facebook event page for updates by clicking here.

In the meantime, please continue to spread the word about S.A.F.E. and encourage your friends to sign up for this newsletter by clicking here. And, most importantly, please do not hesitate to reach out if you or someone you know is in need. We'll do our best to get you on the right path.
Teachers Driving Academy
 2015-2016 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 the 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!     

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.

CHNA 6 Updates
The next CHNA 6 meeting will be held this Friday, January 15th, at the Milford Senior Center (60 N. Bow St. Milford) from 9-11 AM. 
Click here for more information on: 
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 more information, contact  Ellen Freedman
Light Up the Sky for Change
Come join us to light a floating candle to remember a loved one lost to the disease of addiction, to send a prayer for someone still suffering or for anyone taken from us way too soon.  Let's light up the sky for change, for love, for hope and for coming together to fight this epidemic killing our children, our brothers and sisters, our parents, our friends and our loved ones. Together we can save a life.
WHAT: CHINESE LANTERN lighting ceremony. Hot Chocolate, Hot Tea and Hot Coffee will be served.  Informational resources (Pamphlets, brochures, booklets, flyers, etc.) will be available to take free of charge.

WHEN:  Saturday February 20, 2015 7:00 P.M.
WHERE:  Fino Field

**Registration is required in order to receive a lantern to light; there is a $10.00 registration fee per family to cover the cost of the lanterns.  If you would like more than one lantern, a $10 fee is required for each one. **

Donations for the Missin' Matt Foundation are always being accepted and are greatly needed to reach our goal in hopes of opening a long-term sober living community in the Milford area.  Missin' Matt wants to provide a safe and healthy environment for those seeking long-term recovery and will satisfy the needs of the community. 
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.
December 1, 2015
In This Issue
After School Program Updates
MYC Thanksgiving Dinner
"Raise Some Dough" Fundraiser
MYC Brick Fundraiser Complete
FIGHT ALS Holiday Dinner
Bake Some Holiday Cheer
JAG Meeting and Info
Support Fashion Show
SAFE Coalition Updates
TDA
You Inc. EFE
CHNA 6 Updates
Light Up the Sky for Change
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/