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MYC & JAG
Janaury 2017
Newsletter
MYC After School Program Updates!

Happy New Year and welcome to the month of January for our After School program! One of our most exciting new programs this month was the Futsal soccer program. The Milford Youth Center has partnered with   DreamTeam FCA  to provide Futsal Training to our after-school offerings.  Young aspiring players may sign up for this training to learn the techniques involved to play this fast paced game. Futsal is a version of soccer that is played on a gym floor with a heavier ball. The game develops skill with the ball and quick thinking as time and space is limited.  DreamTeam FCA has over the past 4 years developed top players who have advanced to many of New England's top clubs including the Revolution academy. Led by the New England Revolution's former General Manager Craig Tornberg, the program puts player development at the forefront of the program. Enlisting top coaches, many current pro players, the program is fun and informative.  Players may sign up at the Milford Youth Center on a first come first serve basis, every Monday and Wednesday during the After School program!
 
Also, new in December was sewing, which seems like it will grow in January. For the new year we will be adding a program called Kidz Roomz on Mondays from 3-5. This program will open up two rooms on the upper level of the Youth Center for the younger youth, ages 8-11. Check out our regular schedule to see an entire list of programming here

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!
Come join our amazing team! The Milford Youth Center will also be opening up a part time position that will be utilized for the After School hours from 2-6 PM. Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age or older, with demonstrated interest/experience in working with youth. The position available is:
  • Activities Supervisor: Will be utilized for After School program, Monday-Friday - $9.89/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, January 20th, 2017.
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. 
MYC Holiday Pizza Party! 
 

The Milford Youth Center was able to provide a gift this Holiday season to 100 After-School members due to such amazing generosity from the community! We would first like to thank Pizza Chef of Milford for their generosity in hosting our annual Holiday Pizza Party on December 21st and providing all the pizza and drinks for the kids! We would like to send a big thank you to the United Way of Tri-County, Barbara LaGrenade, and their "Hope for the Holidays" program for sponsoring 35 kids this year! We would also like to thank Waters Corporation, and especially Debbie Moreau, Senior Administrative Assistant and Ken Fountain, Senior Director of Scientific Operations for organizing a collection for 23 After Schools members. We would also to thank the Milford Town Hall, and especially Kara Geromini, for organizing a collection that helped out over 20 members!

 Finally, thank you to some individuals who sponsored children, including the Brogiolis, Beth Tamagni Fraunfelter and some unanimous donors! Another huge thank you goes out to an anonymous resident of Milford for donating a $500 gift card to the Center to allow us to purchase more presents for kids in need this Holiday season!!! 

Thank you also to Woodland Elementary for donating their left-over gifts to the Center to help out, again, even more kids! We would also like to thank all of our staff and volunteers who attended and helped us out at the event! 

Nutrition Updates!

For the month of December the Youth Center kids had a blast making "Grinch Santas", pie crusts, and cookies for Santa. We also learned that eating fruits and veggies of all colors of the rainbow has a lot of benefits and that strawberries and coconut oil can whiten your teeth; which the kids were pretty excited about. For the new year and the month of January we will be concentrating solely on fruits and vegetables; making plant based appetizers and snacks.

Crafty Happenings!

Crafts is always a busy class. Sticking with the holiday theme we made snow globes, snowman frames, and ornaments for the tree. The kids also made some amazing snowflakes that were displayed around the Center. Another exciting update is our sewing class. We started with making pillows and if interest rises we hope to purchase sewing machines in the future. 


 

New Milford Students Tour the MYC!
We were fortunate to give the ESL program a tour of our new building last month! New students from different countries came to learn about the programs available during our after-school programWe are excited to have a diverse group of potential new members! We would also like to thank the ESL teachers who offered to translate our registrations forms into Spanish and Portuguese for us! (will be available soon)!
JAG Youth Council Updates!
The JAG Youth Council has been very active this month!! Whether it be creating their Troll themed tree to be auctioned off for charity for the  Milford Junior Woman's Club 's Gala of Trees event, running tables at the Jingle Bell Jamboree, or getting trained on how to use the filming equipment at  Milford TV; they are always finding a way to help out in the community. They are very excited about their opportunity to work with Milford TV. Its an amazing chance to learn a new skill and potentially a new trade. JAG also participated in team-building activities like making a ginger bread house!!
  Holiday Giving!

We had many generous people give this holiday season, here are the highlights!!!

  Thank you Suzanne Hart for donating crafts and toys to the Center and to Dale White for donating chairs and a table for our conference room!!

Thank you also to the United Way, Waters Corp, Pizza Chef, the Milford Town Hall, the Brogiolis, Beth Tamagni Fraunfelter, and Woodland PTO, who all contributed to our Holiday Pizza Party which you can read about more in- depth in our Holiday Pizza Party section. 

  MYC Staff and Volunteers Learn About Mental Illness in Children!
We would like to thank Vendetti Bus Company, in collaboration with Foxborough Regional Charter School, for offering a free training to Youth Center staff and volunteers on "Youth Mental Health First Aid Training." Youth Mental Health First Aid training is a program intended to create awareness about behaviors that may indicate either mental health issues or drug use or addiction. The training is designed to provide tools and resources to better manage situations that may be caused by more than just disrespectful behavior. Thank you especially to Julie A. Vendetti-Lomberto for coordinating this training for us! For more information, please visit  
www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org
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!
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!  We have been receiving many requests for this and wanted to make it available as it begins to get very cold! 

For January, the Center will be open during these hours on the following dates (we have coffee too!):
  • Jan. 3rd & Jan. 5th
  • Jan. 10th & Jan. 12th
  • Jan. 17th & Jan. 19th
  • Jan. 24th & Jan. 26th
  • Jan. 31st 

                                                    


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.

January 3, 2017
In This Issue
After School Program
MYC Part-Time Jobs available
Adult Open Gym at MYC
MYC Thanksgiving
Nutrition class at MYC
Taekwondo at the MYC
Millis Model Aircraft Club
JAG Youth Council Update
Thank you for Donations!
Thank you Milford Lions
TDA
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/