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MYC & JAG
February 2016
Newsletter
 After School Program Updates!

Welcome to the last month for the Milford Youth Center's After School program at the 27 Congress St. location! We will closing the program at the end of the month, in preparation on moving back to our 24 Pearl St. location. 

This month, the Center will be able to utilize the Milford Sports Center, from 4-5 PM, on Mondays and Thursdays, with our After School members. We will be walking over, as a group, to play dodge ball and soccer! Click here for full February calendar!  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.  

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! 
 Renovation Update!

The temporary location of the Milford Youth Center, at 27 Congress St., will be closing the doors for the After School program on Monday February, 29, 2016. We will be using the month of March to transition over to the 24 Pearl St. location. 

We do not have an exact date of when the After School program will be reopening but we will make that announcement as soon as available. We look forward to seeing everyone at our Grand Opening (Date TBA) and thank everyone for their patience during this transition!

 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 Monday, February 29, 2016
MYC Thanks Community for Donations!

We would like to thank Lauren and Caroline, 10th graders at Nipmuc High School, for donating arts & crafts supplies to the Center, as part of their National Honor Society project!

We would also like to thank Donald Liskov and John Nordenson, Liberty Mutual Insurance employees, who made a pledge through their employee giving program, Give with Liberty. In addition to employee gifts, Liberty Mutual provides a 50% match in December 2016! 
 SCI AmeriCorps Member Joins MYC & JAG!

We are very excited to have an AmeriCorps member start at the Youth Center and the Juvenile Advocacy Group! We welcome Mackenzie from Social Capital Inc. to her host site in Milford where she will be serving for the next 6 months. We also are excited to have Amelia join us on occasions, who is serving at the Franklin  Hockomock Area YMCA! Mackenzie's first project with the kids will be participating in a "Hearts of Kindness" campaign, a project by the Coalition for Community of Caring. For more information, click here

The mission of SCI Social Capital Inc. is to strengthen communities by connecting diverse  individuals and organizations through civic engagement initiatives.  Our goal is to help individuals being strongly connected to their neighbors and play an active role in shaping their communities.  This  increas e in 'social capital' will result in communities that are safer, healthier and m ore vital.  
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!     

Upcoming Adult JAG Meeting and Info! 
The adult JAG Coalition will have its next meeting of the year on Wed., 
February 3rd at 8:45 am , at the Milford Police Station Training room. Thank you Annabelle and Bridget, JAG Youth Council members, for joining us this morning at the adult Juvenile Advocacy Group 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
SAVE THE DATE: DA Early's Student Wellness Conference  
District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr. will be hosting a  " Student Wellness Conference:  Promoting Good Decision Making & Positive Choices". The Conference will f eature John Morello, Actor, Comedian & Creator of the one man show Dirt. 
 
Date:  Thursday, March 10, 2016
Time:  8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Where:  Anna Maria College

Last year, the Youth Center and JAG took a group of 10 youth, who were able  to engage with other area youth about important issues that affect their lives. For photos from last years event, click here! The Center plans to attend this year with more youth!
CHNA 6 Updates
The next CHNA 6 meeting will be held Friday, March 11th, at the Milford Senior Center (60 N. Bow St. Milford) from 9-11 AM. 
  • Grant proposals due February 12th
  • Please find all grant documents at www.chna6.org  
  • For information on the the mini-grants, click here
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
SAVE the DATE:
JAG'S 4th Annual Networking Breakfast
JAG will be hosting its 4th annual behavioral health and substance abuse Networking Breakfast on on Wednesday, April 6th at the Doubletree Hotel in Milford. The event is free of charge and will run from 8:30am to 11:30am. 

This year's theme will focus on the importance of social connection. The Networking Breakfast will serve as a stepping-stone for organizations and individuals to strengthen their ties with the community and each other in order to have a greater, more positive impact on the residents of the Greater Milford area.

Click here to register for the event. More information is also included in the event's Save the Date letter.  
S.A.F.E. Updates 

The S.A.F.E. (Support for Addicts and Families by Empowerment) Board is pleased to confirm that Professor Robert Putnam, the author of Bowling Alone and Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, has accepted our invitation to speak at our next coalition meeting on February 2, 2016 at Franklin High School.


The coalition meeting begins at 7 p.m., and we expect Prof. Putnam to speak between 7:30 pm and 8:45 pm. He will begin with a presentation and then will sit down with Dr. Anne Bergen for a one on one dialogue.

Our Kids is a groundbreaking examination of the growing inequality gap and why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility. You can learn more about the book and research by clicking here. Bowling Alone talks about how we have become increasingly disconnected from one another and how social structures have disintegrated. It should be a fascinating talk and of particular interest to those wishing to understand the sociological climate surrounding the opioid crisis.

Our February 29, 2016 meeting will feature Chris Herron, a former Boston Celtic player and founder of the Herron Project, who will speak about his own substance use disorder and the importance of a healthy lifestyle and good decision making. He will also provide "real-world" techniques on how to handle pressure within a teen's life, community or family situation.
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 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. 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.  

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 will be May 14, 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!
Love Life: Do What's Right Fashion Show

Kate Hollis, a senior at Hopedale High School, who is participating in an internship at Community Impact with Amy Leone is holding an event called Love Life:Do What's Right in order to raise awareness of underage drinking and substance abuse in high school students. Kate held a dress donation drive in October and collected over 150 dresses and is currently holding a model search for high school girls to participate in the event.  She will be keep the search open for a few more weeks, so please contact her if you are interested in participating! The girls will get their hair and makeup done and get to wear a beautiful prom dress!

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email Kate, here.  

Twitter: @lovelifeevent3
Facebook: Love Life: Do What's Right!
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, 2016 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. 
Celebrate Milford Event!
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. The celebration will take place in and around the Milford Town Park, including Memorial Hall, Stacey Middle School and the Milford Town Library, from 10am to 8pm. 

Kicking off the celebration will be the Parade of Local Youth Organizations celebrating the local youth in our community and the organizations that make Milford unique, special and community spirit rich. 

A myriad of entertainment and art will be featured throughout the day. Bring a blanket and lawn chair and enjoy local bands and musicians performing on the park pavilion while local artist showcase their talents throughout the park. Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra will be performing upstairs in historic Memorial Hall while more local art will brighten the basement. 

If you are a business, organization, entertainer, or if you would like to help out as a volunteer at Celebrate Milford please email celebratemilford@gmail.com to find out how you can get involved. Vendor spaces and sponsorships of various levels are also available.
Bullying Prevention and Education Conference 
Join us for Bullying in a Digital Age: The Impact on School Culture. This free conference is sponsored by DCU for Kids, and brought to you by the BRACE Partners: Worcester Public Schools, YOU, Inc., Worcester District Attorney's Office, Worcester Police, and the Worcester Juvenile Court and Probation Department. 


When: Thursday, March 3, 2016
Where: North High School  
           150 Harrington Way
           Worcester, MA 01604

You MUST REGISTER for this free conference* by clicking this link   here  to complete the registration process and receive your confirmation email.
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.

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.
February 1, 2016
In This Issue
After School Program Updates
Renovation Update!
Job Opportunities
MYC Donations
SCI AmeriCorps Member
TDA
JAG Meeting and Info
DA Early's Student Wellness Conference
CHNA 6 Updates
JAG Networking Breakfast
SAFE Updates
MYC/JAG Relay for Life Team!
Support MYC/JAG Fashion Show
Model Search
Light Up the Sky for Change
Celebrate Milford Event
Bullying Prevention and Education Conference
You Inc. EFE
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/