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MYC & JAG
February 2017
Newsletter
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7th Annual MYC St. Pat's Fundraiser!

Mark your calendars!!! The Milford Youth Center will host its seventh annual St. Pat's Fundraiser on Saturday, March 18, 2017! Please consider joining us for our first fundraiser at the newly renovated Youth Center! It's due to the generosity of local businesses, organizations and individuals 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!

The fundraiser will be held at the Youth Center, 24 Pearl St., from 7 pm-midnight. The event will have a cash bar, music, community awards, and appetizers! Tickets will be available starting TODAY, Febraury 6, 2017 at the Youth Center. Tickets will be $20 each in advance or $25 at the door of the event! We are also looking for raffle prize donations. Please contact the Center at 508-473-1756 or  milfordyouthcenter@comcast.net if your business or company would like to make a donation!
MYC After School Program Updates!

Welcome to the month of February of our After School program!  We have some sweet new programs for the lovely month of February:
  • Weight Room: (for students ages 15+). After-school members will be able to use our weight room facility to work on their own workout regime.
  • High Altitude Jump Rope: A Jump Rope Demo/Competition Team that performs at halftimes and Charity events along with competing at the Regionals and Nationals for Jump Rope will be coming in to run a class on how to jump and perform just like them. For more on their team, click here
  • Career/College Guidance: We will offer extended guidance counseling for teens who want help with their FAFSA, college application, resumes, and job applications.
  • V-day Makeup class- BVT cosmetology department students will come to teach a class on how to appropriately apply makeup. Makeup will be provided.
  • Pokemon Club: Members will be able to play with their personal Pokemon cards while being supervised.
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!
  Juvenile Justice 101

On this Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, the Youth Center will be hosting the Parent/Professional Advocacy League, who will be holding a FREE training.  It will be free for all parents interested and those raising children with mental health needs. In Justice League 101, participants will learn about placement options, laws that guide mental health, Massachusetts system reform efforts, how children enter the juvenile justice system and much more. Please make a reservation by sending an e-mail to Training@ppl.net or by calling (508) 767-9725.

The Milford Youth Center plans to offer similar community events/training monthly. Please check website and newsletter for monthly updates.

For a flier click, here
Shaw's Donates $1,000 to the MYC!
We would like to extend a a thank you to Shaw's Supermarket for donating $1,000 to the Youth Center and inviting us to take part in their celebration of their Grand Re-Opening of its Milford store! We had a great time meeting their staff and explaining to their store more about the program that we offer! 

For entire press release, 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:
  • ANP Bellingham for their $2,000 Holiday donation!
  • The Milford National Charitable Foundation for their $1,000 Holiday donation!
  • Countryside Health Care of Milford for their $200 Holiday donation!
  • John Callahan Family for their $100 Holiday donation!
  • Volunteer Ron Taylor, who remodeled our front desk for us, amongst many other things!
  • Milford Fire Department for donating their pool table to the Center - The kids loved it!
  • Sheila Young for donating 3 boxes of helmets to the Youth Center -After School members were able to decorate helmets for their favorite team in preparation for the Super Bowl!
  • Marc Mann for donating racking for us to store items in the basement
  • Our amazing volunteers: John and Darlene Dulude, Nick Silva, 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! 
JAG Youth Council Updates!
We are very excited with the new partnership with New Hope, a local non-profit who  works throughout Massachusetts to build an anti-violence movement to end sexual and domestic violence. Donna and Heather from  New Hope, Inc. of Milford joined us at the Center and gave the JAG Youth Council a miniature presentation on relationships, abusive patterns and bullying followed by some activities. The presentation evoked feelings about other topics that were not apparent issues on the surface. It was a meeting that evoked growth and also-- a connection between members as they all feel the same way regarding many topics that they were unaware about. We  are very thankful that the staff from New Hope came out and presented to some of our Youth and we look forward to the the return in the future!

Victoria Williams, the SCI AmeriCorps member responded to the meeting, "I am very proud of the maturity that was displayed by the Youth Council members when discussing some of these rather serious issues! It helped to create a safe space where some members were comfortable enough to share some of their personal stories and experiences."
Proud moment for our 
SCI AmeriCorps member!
We are so proud of our  Social Capital Inc.  AmeriCorps member, Victoria Williams, who presented at the Greater Milford Community Health Network: CHNA 6 meeting this morning at the Milford Senior Center! 

Victoria shared her amazing story of perseverance to the group and how she is making real change in her community by serving as an AmeriCorps member at the Youth Center and with the  Juvenile Advocacy Group !
Nominations due 2/17 for Volunteer and Youth Volunteer of the Year !
The United Way of Tri-County is requesting nominations for the 2017 MetroWest/495 Corridor Volunteer of the Year and Youth Volunteer of the Year Awards. The MetroWest/495 Corridor Volunteer of the Year and Youth Volunteer of the Year awards are given to two MetroWest individuals who have shown outstanding dedication and commitment in their community through volunteerism. These awards are not limited to United Way associated volunteers.
 
Nominations for Volunteer of the Year and Youth Volunteer of the Year will be accepted until Friday, February 17, 2017. Past winners are not eligible.
 
Winners will be honored at the United Way of Tri-County's Annual Recognition Breakfast on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:30am at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Framingham.
 
Submit your nomination here: http://www.uwotc.org/nominate
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 February the Center will be open during these hours on the following dates (we have coffee too!):
  • Feb. 7th & Feb. 9th
  • Feb. 14th & Feb. 16th
  • Feb. 21st & Feb. 23rd
  • Feb. 28th 
Adult Open Gym continues into February!
The Milford Youth Center will continue to be open for adult open gym for the month of February! Open gym will be every Wednesday night (2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22). 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. 
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 (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!
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.

February 6, 2017
In This Issue
7th Annual MYC St. Pat's Fundraiser!
After School Program
Juvenile Justice 101
Shaw's Donates $1,000 to the MYC
Thank you for Donations!
JAG Youth Council Update
Proud moment for our...SCI AmeriCorps member
Nominations for Volunteer and Youth Volunteer of the Year
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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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/