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MYC & JAG
March 2014
Newsletter
It's March!!!
Do you have your tickets to the
MYC's Annual St. Pat's Fundraiser?! 

Get your tickets today!!! 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/silent auction, 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! We would like to acknowledge and thank the businesses and groups who have already donated: B & J Electric, D/B/A Area Glass, Milford Federal Savings & Loan Assn, The Milford National Bank and Trust Company, Inside Corner Baseball, Milford Pizza Palace, Curry Audio, and Truffles Grille & Wine Bar

 

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!

MYC After School Program
March Updates!
MYC Youth

We would like to welcome you and your family to the seventh 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, Stress Free Fridays, and many other daily physical fitness activities/open gym. Click here for our full March 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 here Summer 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, Little Gym of Medway, Christine Daddario, Robert & Ann Bodio, and Matt Holms. 
Be the Next Local Business to Sponsor a 
MYC March Madness Team!

Stramer Law Office is the most recent sponsor of our March Madness tournament coming up! Will you be the next?! We are looking for at least 10 more sponsors! We are also looking for volunteer referees?!

  

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, Bolio's Sporting Goods, Paul Tamagni Financial Planner Baystate Financial, and Stramer Law Office. 

 

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 Friday, March 7th!

JAG Updates! 

There will be no JAG meeting for the month of March or April. Please join us on April 9th for our second Annual Networking Breakfast! Over the last few months JAG has reviewed our coalition's vision and updated our goals to ensure that all of our current and future members are working together to promote healthy development for youth and families. Please check out our website to learn more about our goals, monthly meetings, volunteer opportunities and to get involved.  

  

Last month, four JAG Youth Council members attended the meeting and presented on all the great things that the do in the community. We will be having JAG Youth members attend each month to continue to show the collaboration between both the adult and youth JAG groups. 

 

If you would like to attend the MYC's St. Pat's Fundraiser as a member of the JAG table, please contact Amy Leone

 

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 
"Connecting the Pieces"

Please join us at our 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.    

 

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 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, Interface, Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, CHNA 6 and Yourteen.org to collectively explore existing and new resources for clients and families we all serve.  

 

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 $5 each time. Adult Open Gym will end 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.

MYC Comedy Show a Success!!!

The Milford Youth Center would like to thank HealthSource of Milford for organizing the MYC Comedy Show, in support of the Milford Youth Center! 

 

The show was amazing and we appreciate everyone's efforts in making this event possible! We would like to especially thank Ann DiCecco, for coordinating a lot of the logistics of the event with us! We would like to thank Johns Chiropractic, LCC, Consigli Construction Co., Inc., Law Office of Michael Kaplan P.C., Catherine O'Connell, and everyone who attended the show! Due to the support of local individuals, organizations and businesses, the Youth Center is able to continue to provide for our community and its youth members! 

Teachers Driving Academy
 2013-2014 Classes!

2014 classroom schedule for the Milford TDA is available here. You can find more information and the registration form when you click on the link! 

 

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!     

Support our 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 second year in a row! 

 

The JAG Youth Council decided that they wanted to participate in Milford's Relay for Life on May 9th 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 

Ahimsa Yoga Studio!

Yup! We changed our name! You might have noticed that our name was changed from Truth Yoga Studio to Ahimsa Yoga Studio! 

 

This is for the Yoga & Awareness Class: ONLY 6 SPOTS AVAILABLE in each group! 

 

Monday Afternoons
3:30 - 4:30 (Men's group)
4:45 - 5:45 (Women's group)

If you're interested in signing up, please contact Amy Leone at CommunityImpactInc@gmail.com today to secure your spot! All sessions are held at 211 Main St., Milford, MA. 

For more information on classes, click here.
Parent Partnership Support Groups

Click here to check out Wayside's March Calendar for their Parent Partnership Support Groups. Groups include:

  • Parent Support Group
  • Organizing your Child's Information
  • Parents Transitional Age Support Group
  • Managing ADHD in Teens and Adults

For more info, contact Ann Killion, Parent Support Coordinator at 508-620-0010 x194 or ann_killion@waysideyouth.org

Eat Bread to Raise Dough!

Please join Milford After Prom on March 13, 2014 from 4-8 PM at Panera Bread, located at 91 Medway Rd. in Milford!

 

Panera Bread will donate a percentage f its sales during the event to Milford After Prom when you show this flyer

CHNA-6 Updates!

Mark your calendars for our next meeting on Friday, March 21st (SPRING!) from 9-11am at the Milford Senior Center 60 N. Bow St Milford.  Steve Ridini, VP of Health Resources in Action (HRiA), will introduce the process of Community Health Improvement Planning.  Please make every effort to attend!  If you haven't been to CHNA 6 for a while, we hope you can join us. For more updates, click here 

Peer to Peer - A bridge to Recovery from Mental Illness 

This peer-led course provides a confidential place to learn from shared experiences in an environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance. No specific medication or medical therapy is endorsed or recommended. Our Core Philosophy informs the course's approach.

 

Participation in the course gives you an opportunity to gain tangible resources - personalized plans, strategies for potential events in the future and information - as well as a deeper understanding of your personal recovery process.

 

Classes start on Wednesday, March 19th from 7:00-9:00pm at

Employment Options (82 Brigham Street, Marlborough MA 01752).

For more information or to register please contact Judi Maguire

jmaguire@namimass.org or 617.580.8541. For flyer and more information, click here

 

Central MA Suicide Prevention Coalition

Save the Date!

The Central MA Suicide Prevention Coalition (CMSPC) is a partnership of individuals and organizations  dedicated to preventing suicide in Central Massachusetts.

 

If you, or your organization, would like to get involved in this effort, please join us on May 2nd from 8-10 AM at Wachusett Country Club for an informational meeting and complimentary breakfastPre-registration will be required. Click here for flyer.

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.
March 3, 2014
In This Issue
MYC's Annual St. Pat's Fundraiser
MYC After School program
Sponsor an MYC March Madness Team
JAG
Networking Breakfast
MYC Open Gym
MYC Comedy Show a Success!
TDA
Relay for Life
Ahimsa Yoga Studio
Parent Partnership Support Groups
Eat Bread to Raise Dough
CHNA-6 Updates!
Peer to Peer
Central MA Suicide Prevention Coalition

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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.