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MYC & JAG
December 2016
Newsletter
MYC After School Program Updates!
The Milford Youth Center is full of activities for the month of December!!! Programs this month include: homework room, weight room, arts & crafts, xmas bingo, badminton, volleyball, nail salon, cooking, lego club, tai kwon do, Science Explorey w/Tori, futsol soccer, and the JAG Youth Council!. For entire December calendar, click here

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, gymnasium
and lounge, will be opened daily. 

A ll participant s must be a Milford resident and/or attend Milford Schools, to fill out a  registration form  to be 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!
MYC Part-Time Jobs available!
The Milford Youth Center will also be opening up two part-time positions that will be utilized for the After School hours from 2-6 PM and rental times, both evenings and weekends. Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age or older, with demonstrated interest/experience in working with youth. The positions available are:
  • Activities Supervisor: Will be utilized for After School program, Monday-Friday - $9.89/hr
  • Activities Facilitator - Will be utilized for rentals and after school program: $12.36/hr
Please return resume and list of references to Milford Youth Center, at 24 Pearl St., Milford., MA 01757 or email to  milfordyouthcenter@comcast.net

Applications are due by Friday, December 21, 2016.

MYC Thanksgiving meal
for the kids made for over 100! 
On behalf of the Milford Youth Center staff, we would like to express how grateful we are for all the companies, families and individuals that made our Thanksgiving meal for the kids a huge success! We were able to serve over 100 kids with a nice hot meal as well as donate leftovers to the Milford Fire Department and local families in need. The Milford Fire Department allowed us to use their oven to keep food warm before we served it. We would like to thank our local community companies Pizza Palace, Pizza Chef, TGI Friday's, Oliva's Market, Catering & Gourmet Gifts, Gene's Variety and Casa Brasil for each donating a side dish for our meal. Than you Mary DiAntonio, Price Chopper and Stop and Shop for the monetary donations to allow us to get supplies we needed to serve the meal; For each family or JAG youth council member that donated a dish, dessert or donated time, the Alvarez family, the Walsh family, the Barrios family, the Hayes, the Dulude family, the Legere and De Jesus family, the Mobilia family, the Kidman family, the Brigoili family, the Fisher family, and the Johnson family-thank you all for the delicious food and for helping serve our kids! Lastly, our board members, Susie Salamone, Sandy Sandra Caproni and Michael Walsh for donating food and helping supervise and serve the meal!
Jingle Bell Jamboree, Santa Parade 
& other holiday events!
We had a weekend full of holiday activities at the Youth Center! Our JAG Youth Council members, along with some volunteers and board members, supervised our Jingle Bell Jamboree.  We had holiday arts and crafts to make and bring home, letters to write to Santa, face painting, our castle jumpy, cookie decorating, hot chocolate donated by the Girl Scouts and pictures with Santa! It was a nice way to socialize with families of the community before the big Santa Parade!! The Youth Centers float this year was themed based on the new movie Trolls.  Staff and volunteers worked hard all morning to put it all together in time for the parade.  We had over 40 kids riding on the float through town!! We would like to especially thank: John & Darlene Dulude, Sabrina Flores, Joe Graziano, Shawn Lescoe, Devon Despres, Brenda Wheelock, Sandra Caproni, Susan Salamone and Arts & Towing for lending us a truck for the parade!!! Check out the Youth Center float at minute 50:30!!!

Other Holiday events that were held at the Youth Center last weekend were the Gala of Trees event to raise money to support the "guardian angel" fund hosted by the Milford Jr. Women's Club and the Vineyard Church of Hopkinton put on a Christmas movie called "Why Do We Call It Christmas?" for kids and families to come in and enjoy some snacks and learn about the holiday.  The Milford Fire Department also had their Santa 2K end of the race festivities at the Center! We are already looking into more advertising and planning to make these yearly traditions even more popular for next year!
Nutrition class is a hit!
Our second cooking class was a success! With $500 worth of new cooking supplies donated by Ron Taylor we made french toast that the kids loved and now know how to make for their entire family. We also discussed using whole wheat bread instead of white and the children compared real maple syrup with the artificial brand. We're hoping they are bringing their skills home. 
Taekwondo at the MYC!
Taekwondo started at the Center this month thanks to our volunteer Nick and was a huge hit! We asked Nick to introduce himself to the community and write a little bit about his experience with Taekwondo and why he choose to join us at the Center!

"I've been a taekwondo athlete ever since I was 5, spending endless hours training and getting to travel all over the country competing in regional, national, and international championships. I had to stop training once I got into co llege, but I've always loved the sport and plan on staying involved in this sport's community, whether by teaching or training again. Throughout my career in this sport, my most esteemed accomplishments include winning the USA Taekwondo National Championship four times and, my personal favorite, winning gold at the U.S. Open in the 18+ Black Belt division at 16 years old."

"I wanted to spend some time here at the MYC volunteering so that I could influence the youth of my hometown by leading as a role model, whether in academics or sports. As a biomedical engineering student at WPI, I feel that if can convince some of them about how rewarding a career in STEM can be, I will have helped my local community. Recently I started think about what I would do once I decided to stopped being an engineer, and I decided that I would love to teach in high school. Although I'll soon be busy pursuing my professional career, I want to always come back to Milford and give back to the community."
Millis Model Aircraft Club is taking off with the after school program
Millis Model Aircraft Club's indoor flying is back at the Milford Youth Center! The first 2 sessions were held on 11/18 and 12/9!  As a way of supporting MYC, the Mlllis Model Aircraft Club has also committed to providing a 1 hour program on the day of our flying sessions during the after school program!
JAG Youth Council Update!
Our JAG Youth Council has been hard at work over the last few weeks to assist us in getting ready for all of our holiday events! They helped with the set up and preparation for our Thanksgiving Dinner and Jingle Bell Jamboree. In addition, some of the members received training at the Milford TV studio, so that we can start to film all of our events/programs! Thank you  Milford TV  for allowing the kids to come in and to be trained! If you are interested in joining this JAG Youth Council, please contact our SCI AmeriCorps member, Victoria Williams here
  Thank you for Donations - Nov./Dec. 2016!
The Youth Center would like to extend a very appreciative thank you to the following people who donated items this month to the Center:

 
1. Sandra Madden for donating a Wave Master for our taekwondo program
2. St. Matthew Parish of Southboro for donating a ping pong table
3.The Bellingham Youth Center for donating a foosball table
4. Teri Tuttle for donating board games
5. Maurie Molod for donating an artificial Christmas tree
6. The Milford Senior Center & Carlos Benjamin for donating our new reindeer decoration!!!
7.  The Milford Fire Department for helping us fix the b-ball hoop for our weekend rentals
8. Donna LaPointe for donting a workout rower
9.   Woodland Elementary School PTO for donating their left over cookies and frosting/sprinkles
10.  Whole Foods Market for the $300 donation to supply our nutrition and exercise programs with fresh fruit snacks

  Thank you Milford Lions!
The Milford Lions recently toured the Milford Youth Center and presented the center with a new sign for the AED machine they had purchased for the Center. The Milford Lions have always been a supporter of the Milford Youth Center. In addition to the AED the lions also donated $1,000 for the meal program which took place over the summer! Photo L-R Jen Ward MYC Director, Lions Members Jim Sanchioni, Keith Gattozzi, John Minichello, Michael Meurant President & Marc Mann

Social Capital Inc. (SCI)
 Spotlights MYC Director!
Social Capital Inc. featured Jen Ward, MYC Director,  in their November newsletter and website! Jen started at the MYC as an SCI AmeriCorps members and the Center is excited to continue our collaboration with our new AmeriCorps member, Tori! Click here for full story. Click here to learn more and support SCI's initiatives!
Teachers Driving Academy
 2016-2017 Classes!

We are accepting registrations for Teacher's Driving Academy for the 2016-2017 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!     

Batting cages are back!
We would like thank the  Milford girls softball league , and especially Paul Bonvino and Mike Bonina, for organizing volunteers over the last few weekends to take down some walls in the basement for us and put up the batting cages! In addition, we would like to thank the Milford boys baseball league, and especially Rick Luchini  and Tom Donahue for volunteering to help paint the remainder of the walls and set up the batting cages for town teams to utilize this winter.

Adult Open Gym starting in January 2017!
The Milford Youth Center will be open for adult open gym starting in January 2017! Open gym will be every Wednesday night, starting January 4, 2017. Open-gym basketball will be available from 8-10 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. 
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 (starting in January). 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!
MYC Walking Available!
The Milford Youth Center will be open from 9 AM to 10:30 AM on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings for Milford residents to use the gym for walking, starting the month of November. 

We have been receiving many requests for this and wanted to make it available as it begins to get colder! 

For December, the Center will be open during these hours on the following dates (we have coffee too!):
  • Dec. 6th & Dec. 8th
  • Dec. 13th & Dec. 15th
  • Dec. 20th & Dec. 22nd
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.

December 12, 2016
In This Issue
After School Program
MYC Part-Time Jobs available
MYC Thanksgiving
MYC Holiday events
Nutrition class at MYC
Taekwondo at the MYC
Millis Model Aircraft Club
JAG Youth Council Update
Thank you for Donations!
Thank you Milford Lions
SCI Spotlight
TDA
Batting Cages at MYC
Adult Open Gym at MYC
Rentals at MYC
MYC Walking Available!
Adopt a room and/or furniture
Business AD Space at MYC
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/