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MYC & JAG
February 2014
Newsletter
Free Massage
with Comedy Night Tix Purchase!!

 

CALLING ALL, MILFORD BUSINESSES! ANY local business that purchases a table of ten tickets, for a comedy night on this Friday, February 7th at 8:00 p.m. at the Milford Doubletree, to benefit the Milford Youth Center will receive sponsorship recognition at the event for being a great local, civic-minded business. Also each business that buys a table...will get a FREE on-site Massage Customer/Employee Appreciation Day. FREE MASSAGES for EVERYONE at your Workplace! Just buy a table to help the Milford Youth Center. Great Time, Great Cause, Great Marketing for your business!

                        

Call 508-634-2444 to get tix and schedule Your FREE WORKPLACE MASSAGE DAY! Tickets are $20 each and can also be purchased at the Milford Youth Center! For more information and flier, click here. This event is being organized and sponsored by HealthSource of Milford!

MYC After School Program
February Updates!
MYC Youth

We would like to welcome you and your family to the sixth month of this school year's Milford Youth Center After School Program! 

 

Some of these programs this month include the JAG Youth Council, Arts & Crafts, Instructional Boxing Conditioning, Kids Choice, Homework Help, and many other daily physical fitness activities/open gym. New this month will be Stress Free Fridays and Kickboxing! The Little Gym of Medway will also be joining us on Thursday, February 27th, to play games with the kids! Click here for our full February Calendar! Sign up's for our March Madness Tournament & Three point and Dunk contest will be Monday, March 24th! For our event calendar for the year, click hereSummer Camp information will be available soon!!!
 
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). We see over 200 youth every day, through this program and the many community and sports organizations that utilize the facility. 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.  

If you 
would like to volunteer, donate, or run a program during next school year's after school program please call or email the Center.  Click here for volunteer form! The Milford Youth Center would like to thank the numerous volunteers, individuals and organizations that allow us to continue to grow and provide a safe and fun environment for the Youth of Milford! We would like to specifically thank this month: United Way of Tri-County, Teachers Driving Academy, Christine Daddario, Hannafords, Milford High School CARE, Milford National Art Honor Society, Jenny Medina, Jon Capece, Elizabeth & Cheryl from Water Corp., HealthSource of Milford, and Senator Richard Moore. 
Find Yourself Friday
"We Are Kayley's Hope" A Success!!!

About 100 youth attended our Find Yourself Friday event, "We are Kayley's Hope," held on Friday, January 24th from 6:30-9 PM at the Milford Youth Center! The event included music, dancing, snacks, a jumpy, a movie, raffle prizes, games and rainbow bracelets the JAG kids made to sell for Kayley! The JAG & MYC were able to donate $200 to Kayley's gofundme.com/KayleysHope collection!

 

We would like to thank all the volunteers (Milford CARE, Milford NAHS, Jenny Medina Pedro Gonzalez, Jason Jung, Christine Daddario, Mike Walsh, Sandy Caproni, the Dunbar Family, Kelly Bentley) and Hannafords for donating the snacks for the event! We would like to especially thank Kayley for letting us hold the event in your honor and joining us! Thank you JAG & MYC kids for making the event such a success!

Be the Next Local Business to Sponsor a 
MYC March Madness Team!

The Office of Senator Moore is the most recent sponsor of our March Madness tournament coming up! Will you be the next?!

  

Every March, the Milford Youth Center hosts our annual March Madness Tourney and 3 Point & Dunk Contest (March 24th - sign ups)! We have over 60 kids participate each year and award the winning participants trophies and medals! This year we are looking for local business and organizations to sponsor the teams so we can provide t-shirts! It will cost $50.00 to sponsor a team of five!

 

Each participating donor will have their business/organization name on the back of the t-shirts and will be thanked through all out publications! We would like to thank the businesses that already contributed: Community Impact Inc, Boy Scouts Troop 18, the Office of Senator Moore, and Bolio's Sporting Goods. 

 

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE! For sponsor form, click here.  

 

Please make check payable to Bolio's Sporting Goods (with "MYC March Madness" in the memo) and return payment and this bottom section to the Center at 24 Pearl St. Milford, Ma 01757. Please have this into the Center by February, 28th

Tickets NOW Available for the
MYC's Annual St. Pat's Fundraiser! 

Mark your calendars!!! The Milford Youth Center will host its fifth annual St. Pat's Fundraiser on Saturday, March 15th from 7-Midnight! Join us as we celebrate our volunteers and announce our community and individual appreciation awards! The night also includes dinner by Oliva's, raffle prizes, DJ Ron Auger, and a cash bar!  

 

This annual event is to help raise money for the Center, which is currently relying on individual donations, rental fees, support from the Town, TDA registration donations, funding from the United Way of Tri-County and fundraisers like this to keep its door open to our youth. Please consider joining us to make this event a success! We consider this to be one of our biggest fundraisers with the anticipation of over 300 people in attendance. All proceeds of the event go towards the physical fitness and educational programs of the Center. 

 

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! 

 

Tickets are available at the Milford Youth Center, located at 24 Pearl St. There will be a door prize!!! You can also download this form to purchase tickets and/or make a donation. Thank you!

Next JAG Meeting 

Please join us for our next JAG meeting: Wednesday, February 5th at 8:45 am at the Milford Police Station Training Room.

  

We will be having guest speakers from Interface, Jamerson to discuss the Wayside Homelessness program for young adults, JAG youth council members and Alteen. At our meeting we will also be discussing the Networking Breakfast plans.

 

As a reminder if you do have MetroWest Data from your towns and could pass that information along so that we can continue to work towards prioritizing our areas of needs within the towns that would be great. 


We are also looking for new area organizations to get involved in our efforts and coalition work.  If you are interested please contact Amy Leone at amy_leone@waysideyouth.org 
Save the Date:  
2nd Annual Networking Breakfast  
"Connecting the Pieces"

The Juvenile Advocacy Group (JAG) has continued to work, for the past seven 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. Last year, the Juvenile Advocacy Group (JAG) networked with over 100 providers at our 1st Networking Breakfast to address the challenges of youth mental health. Again, we are joining our effort again with Milford Regional Medical Center's Patient Family Advocacy Committee's (PFAC) Mental Health Subcommittee, The Adolescent and Youth Adult Health Center and Yourteen.org to collectively explore existing and new resources for clients and families we all serve.

 

Please save the date and attend a FREE 2nd annual networking breakfast scheduled on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 8:30-11:30am at the Doubletree Hotel in Milford! The goal of this breakfast is to take the next step in identifying and utilizing existing in new resources in our community. More information on the breakfast, including the agenda, will be forthcoming.  

 

If you plan to attend, please RSVP at www.jagnetwork.org by Wednesday, March 26th! Feel free to pass this onto others you feel would benefit from our event. We look forward to meeting all of you and working together to make Greater Milford a place where young people and their families can find needed mental health services and treatment.

Adult Open Gym Every Thursday!

The Milford Youth Center will be open for adult open gym on Thursday Nights! All adults can enjoy basketball and volleyball from 7:30-9:00 PM. 

 

All participants will be charged either a $50 registration fee for the entire season (or $5 each time). This one-time fee will be for the entire season, ending on Thursday, April 30th. You must be 18 or older to participate and have an ID when registering. All proceeds go back to youth programming at the Center. 

 

If you have any questions, please call the Sidney at the Center at 508-473-1756 or email here.

 

For registration form, click here. Please make check payable to The Milford Youth Center and return payment and this bottom section to the Center at 24 Pearl St. Milford, Ma 01757.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Group: For Teens  

 

Let's face it: Life gives everyone plenty of reasons to get angry, sad, scared, and frustrated. This group will teach your teen that these are ok. But we all know sometimes your teen may feel like their emotions are taking over, spinning out of control with a mind of their own. To make matters worse, these overwhelming emotions might be interfering with school, causing trouble in their friendships, your relationship with them, and preventing your teen from living a happier life.

  

This 12 week group will help your teen stop letting their emotions rule their life In this group individuals will find new ways of managing their feelings so that they will be ready to handle anything life sends their way. Based in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), a type of therapy designed to help people who have a hard time handling their intense emotions, this group will help teens learn the skills they need to ride the ups and downs of life with grace and confidence

 

We will learn easy techniques to help your teen:

  • Stay calm and mindful in difficult situations

  • Effectively manage out-of-control emotions

  • Reduce the pain of intense emotions

  • Get along with family and friends 

To register for this group please contact Amy Leone, MS, MA, LMHC

at communityimpactinc@gmail.com or 508-422-0242. 

Teachers Driving Academy
 2013-2014 Classes!

The 2013-2014 classroom schedule for the Milford TDA is available! Click here for more information and the registration form! 

 

The Milford Youth Center is pleased to partner with the Teachers Driving Academy to offer students a great program, at a reasonable price, with the added convenience of taking classes right at school! Every registration fee is made out the Milford Youth Center as a donation from TDA. We are very grateful for this collaboration and support!     

Smart911 Service in Milford!

The Milford Public Safety Department  is spreading  the word about the Smart911! This is a service offered to residents for free.  Smart911 allows people to create a Safety Profile that will be visible to 9-1-1 call takers in the event of an emergency call. Citizens create profiles for many reasons. Some want to make sure 9-1-1 knows they have a medical condition or allergy, others want to provide their exact address in case they call from a cell phone. You can also list your vehicle information, emergency contacts and even pets.

 

For more information, click here
Milford Public School 2013-2014 Kindergarten Parent Information & Pre-Registration Night

When: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

(snow day - Tuesday, March 4, 2014)

 

6:00pm - 6:45pm: Kindergarten Registration packets will be available at the Milford High School Cafeteria. 


6:45pm - 7:30pm: Parent Information will be at the Milford High School Auditorium. 


6:00pm-6:45pm: Refreshments & PTO Membership Opportunity Courtesy of the Memorial & Brookside School PTOs

Children must be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2014.

*This evening is for parents only; Child Care WILL NOT be provided.


Questions? Please call the Family Resource Center at 508-478-1135 x 1245. Portuguese, Spanish & Arabic Translators will be available. 

SMART Recovery Resource

SMART is an addiction recovery program, for both alcoholics and addicts. SMARTstands for Self-Management and Recovery Training. This program takes a different approach from the traditional Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous 12 Step program. As with AA/NA this program also offers meetings/support groups for friends and family members of Alcoholics/Addicts. 

 

For more information, click here

Young Adult Trauma Support Group

A support group will be held in Milford on Tuesday evenings at 7pm starting in February 18th. This group is open to women that have experienced trauma (sexual assault, relationship violence and family violence) between the ages of 17 and 26. 

 

For information and screenings, please call 508-478-6888 x 132 or email Mary-Kaitlyn Hilton.
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

Wayside Trauma Intervention Services 

 

Wayside Trauma Intervention Services will begin to offer free monthly informational, educational and learning opportunities.  Wayside Trauma Intervention Services supports survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Children that Witness Domestic Violence and Survivors of Homicide Bereavement.  

 

To date here are the planned sessions:

3/12/14 @ 6pm Lynn-Marie Reveliotus will host a "How to talk to your lawyer. A practical discussion in effectively communicating with your lawyer." This is a "victim" based discussion.

4/16/14 @ 6pm Attorney Dan Doyle will host an informational session on the "Divorce Process" as it relates to domestic violence and sexual assaults.

5/14/14  @ 6pm - 8pm Darkness to Light Training.  Judi Earnest will facilitate this two hour training.  This is a 5 step blueprint for protecting children.

 

To register for an event, please call Judi Earnest at 508-478-6888 x111 or Email at judi_earnest@waysideyouth.org

Community Calendar 

 

    Visit our community calendar for more local community events.

     

    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 3, 2014
In This Issue
Milford Youth Center Comedy Night
MYC After School program
Find Yourself Friday
Sponsor an MYC March Madness Team
MYC's Annual St. Pat's Fundraiser
JAG
Networking Breakfast
MYC Open Gym
DBT Group
TDA
Smart911
Kindergarten Parent Information Night and Pre-Registration
SMART Recovery
Young Adult Trauma Support Group
Free Meals!
Wayside Trauma Intervention Services

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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.