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MYC & JAG
July 2013
Newsletter
  
 MYC Summer Camp 2013 Updates!

The Milford Youth Center had a great first week of camp and is looking forward to its second week! The kids already enjoyed a water slide at the Center and trips to Southwick's Zoo and Hopkinton State Park! 

 

Check out this Milford Daily News articleThe Milford Youth Center was also quoted in the Boston Globe Business section on July 5th! The MYC Summer Camp will be heading to Water Wizz on August 5th, where a new movie, "The Way, Way Back," starring Steve Carell was filmed. The Globe wanted to know how much the campers enjoyed the park!

 

We are still accepting Summer Camp registrations for the remaining weeks! Activities for the rest of the summer include weekly field trips and fun in-town activities! Some trips remaining are Basketball Hall of Fame, Ice-skating, Pinz Entertainment, Water Wizz, and a whale watch! In-town activities include Fino Pool, the town park, and activities at the Center!

 

Camp runs from 8 am-4 pm for $135 per week or $40 per day. There is an extended day option from 4-5 pm for an extra $10 per day. For registration forms click here. For a listing of day-to-day schedule, click here.

 

For more information, click here. For photo's, click here

 

We would like to thank the Community Use program, Taylor Rental of Norfolk, and Joann Fabrics and Craft Store of Milford for their help! We would especially like to thank the Hart family for donating water for the campers and Ron Auger for conducting CPR lessons for our counselors! 

 

If there are any local businesses or organizations that would like to sponsor a camper this summer please contact the Center! Every year we receive donations that help make camp available for local youth in need!

MYC After School
End of the Year Party & Thanks You's!

MYC YouthThe Milford Youth Center would like to thank everyone for a great school year! We could not offer this great community resource without the support from the Town, the United Way of Tri-County, JAG, and the numerous community organizations, businesses, and volunteers that continue to support us! We are already working on programs for next school year! We are also working on a yearly calendar for all our events to help other groups and parents plan early! Finally, we will also be having an open house at the beginning of the school year to welcome new families who are unfamiliar with what the Center does and offers. 

 

You can find out all up-to-date info at our website: http://milfordyouthcenter.net

 

      

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

The Milford Youth Center members were able to enjoy an End of the Year Party on the last day of the After School program. For the last 2 years, the JAG Youth Council and Milford Youth Center hold their last Find Yourself Friday event during the After School program  and offered free admission! The kids enjoyed music, dancing, games, a jumpie, cotton candy, snow cones, and an outdoor water slide!

We would like to thank all the volunteers who helped make the event a success and especially Taylor Rental of Norfolk! For more photos, click here
MYC Skate Park
Youth Venture Presentation
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The Milford Youth Center would like to congratulate the MYC Skate Park Youth Venture group for receiving a $1,000 seed grand from the United Way of Tri-County Youth Venture on June 18th!

 

United Way Youth Venture is a social entrepreneurship program for youth ages 12-20. Young people are challenged to identify an issue in their community and create a business plan for a project that will be a viable solution to the issue they have identified. Through United Way Youth Venture, young adults learn valuable skills for future academic or professional pursuits while serving as leaders who impact their community in a positive way.

 

The team presented their idea to create a skate park at the Milford Youth Center. They are passionate about skateboarding, but have few options for places to skate that are safe or affordable. The team has worked in conjunction with the Milford Youth Center to identify a space in the basement of the building that can be used as a skate park at no charge to any child who attends the Youth Center. The team will conduct lessons at no charge to teach children how to skate safely and will host competitions as fundraisers to support skate park maintenance. The team has an established list of rules that all participants must follow, including that helmets are mandatory.

 

We would like to thank the panelists who helped make the decision to grant the money and added very valuable input to move forward successfully. The role of a selection panelist is to listen to the team present their project and determine whether or not they have thought the idea through and are prepared to implement it. Panelists had an opportunity to ask questions and offer suggestions to the team. The panelists unanimously approved the project! The panelists included John Tessini, Bob Tremblay, Mike Walsh and Richard Villani .


We would like to thank the youth who worked so hard on this project, the panelists,and especially Jessica Friswell of the United Way of Tri-County's Youth Venture program!

 

For more pictures, click here.

Teachers Driving Academy
July & August Classes!

The TDA is still accepting registration forms for their July and August classes! Click here for an updated registration form! The 2013-2014 classroom schedule for Milford will be available soon! Check out this Milford Daily News article about our collaboration with the Teacher's Driving Academy!

 

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!  Click here for more information.   

MYC Summer Camp & ReThink Your Drink!

The Youth Center is part of the coalition, Healthy Futures of Milford, a group that  is committed to promoting physical activity and healthy eating through programs, projects and policies. We strive to make the healthy choice, the easy choice.

 

For the second year in row we are inviting campers,starting this week, to participate in the ReThink Your Drink Challenge. ReThink Your Drink Summer Challenge was put together to encourage the community to cut down and eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages. Campers are obligated to participate but are sent the  information and if interested asked to sign a  pledge to rarely drink sugar-sweetened beverages (1-2 times a week). There will be prizes throughout the summer for participants!

Help support The United Way of Tri-County, one of The Milford Youth Center's largest supporters, and their Food Security Program!

By attending the 2013 Comics Unite comedy event, you will be helping to eliminate hunger in the MetroWest/495 Corridor! 

 

The event will be on July 17th at Tcan Theater in Natick and tickets are $35 for general admission. For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here. 

JAG Youth Council End of the Year Party!

The JAG Youth Council enjoyed their end of the year party at the Milford Youth Center! The Milford Youth Center and the Juvenile Advocacy Group (JAG) staff wanted to thank the youth for another great and successful year! 

 

The Youth Council helped plan and took park in numerous events and volunteer opportunities this school year! The Youth planned the monthly Find Yourself Friday events helped organize a sneaker collection for youth in the Dominican Republic,  and donations to the United Way of Tri-County's "Feed a Family for Fifty," a fund to support the victim's families of Sandy Hook and to the Relay for Life of Milford. The Youth also took park in the Milford CROP Walk, "Dressed Up, Not Messed Up" Fashion Show, Milford Play Initiative Fundraisers, the Relay for Life overnight, and finally helped conduct interviews for the the Milford Youth Center's Strategic Plan! 

 

Thank you for a great year and your dedication! We will be starting up again in September! For more photos of the party, click here

CREATE A CONTRACT WITH YOUR TEEN: Put Your Drug and Alcohol Rules in Writing 
Check out this link for a reference to help parents this summer with enforcing what your morals and values are as a parent regarding underage drinking by putting it in writing!

 

The Juvenile Advocacy Group would like to thank everyone for the participation over the last year and wishes everyone a fun and safe summer! We will be beginning meeting again in September!  

  Teen Girls Social Skills Group!

Explore ways to deal with "girl stuff", self-esteem, body image, drama, boys, friendships, negative copying skills, social media, parents and all the emotions that accompanies our "girl stuff"

 

This group will be starting July 10th through August 7th at Community Impact, 211 Main Street Milford, Ma. at 4:30 PM.

 

For more information or to register call 508-422-0242 ext 1 or email here

Let's Build a Playground Fundraiser!

The Milford Play Initiative is looking forward to its 6th annual Milford 5K Road Race, Kids Fun Run and Tots Sprint. Once again we will be raising money to support the Milford Play Initiative in their efforts to build a NEW playground at Fino Field. The Theme for the race is A Day For "Play". The race will be held Sunday, September 15th!


We are in need of participants, volunteers, sponsors and raffle donations. We are hoping to get the community involved as Families. It will be a fun day for the whole family with activities for the kids, continental breakfast, raffle prizes and much more. 
For more information, and to register, visit here.

 

Special thanks to Prezo's of Milford for hosting our fundraiser last month!

Learn Salsa, Tango, Merengue, & Rumba!!

Want to learn how to Salsa, Merengue, Tango, or even Swing? Well now is your chance! Dance instructors Bryan & Lana will be offering Latin and Ballroom dance classes at the Milford Youth Center. The next class is this Thursday, July 11th at 7:30 PM.  

 

Latin and Ballroom dancing is a great way to have fun, socialize, stay fit, and learn new moves! No partner or experience is needed!

  

For registration or more information please contact Bryan and Lana:

Phone: 774 287 3940 or 508 494 3811

Wayside's 4th Annual 5K4Kids

Wayside's 4th Annual 5K4Kids is right around the corner! This year join us for THREE events in ONE! Register for the walk/run, enjoy the new family festival, and buy raffle tickets for the chance to win a $5,000 vacation to the destination of your choice! 

 

For more information, click here!

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.
July 8, 2013
In This Issue
Summer Camp Info
MYC After School program
MYC Skate Park
TDA
ReThink your Drink
Comics Unite
JAG End of the Year Party
JAG
Teen Girls Social Skills Group
Milford Play Initiative
Dance at the Youth Center
Wayside 5K4Kids

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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.