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MYC & JAG
November 2016
Newsletter
MYC After School Program Updates!
The Milford Youth Center is full of activities for the month of November!!! Programs this month include: homework room, weight room, arts & crafts, movie day, badminton, volleyball, nail salon, cooking, lego club, tai kwon do, Science Explorey w/Tori, and the JAG Youth Council! We will have two special events this month, "Plane Flying Demo and our annual MYC Thanksgiving Dinner. For entire November calendar, click here

The Milford Youth Center has become the focal point for the children of Milford. It hosts many different activities and events throughout the year for the youth! The Milford Youth Center's after school program is open for youth ages 8-18, free of charge, from 2-6 pm Monday through Friday (check monthly calendar for any changes). All Youth members must be picked up by time of closing (unless they walk home).  Pick up is outside of the building on 24 Pearl St.  There may be additional permission forms to participate, due to some programs being held off site (Transportation is not provided). The game room, gymnasium
and lounge, will be opened daily. 

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!
Looking for Donations for our
After School MYC Thanksgiving Dinner! 
We are reaching out the community to help us prepare a Thanksgiving meal for our After School program on Tuesday, November 22nd! Every year, with the help of our JAG Youth Council members, staff prepare a meal full of turkey, sides, desserts and drinks for our After School members. We are looking to the community (individuals, families, organizations, businesses, restaurants) to donate an item for our meal!?   If you are interested in participating , please contact us and we can schedule a time to pick up the item!

Phone:508-473-1756

Thank you in advance! 
MYC Halloween Party a HUGE Success!
We would like to thank the over 100 people who attended our MYC Halloween Party on Friday, October 28, 2016! The community was able to enjoy music, pizza, pumpkin & face painting, jumpy and a haunted maze!!! 

We want to thank the Albano Family, the Covell Family, the Danish Family, the Seaver Family and Carlos Benjamin and the Milford Police Departmentt for letting us borrow air compressors to make our Haunted Maze as successful as it was! Thank you to the Milford Fire Department for helping us with the event and especially Deputy Chief Mark Nelson and lieutenant Steven Gies! 

We would also like to thank the individuals who made our Halloween Event possible: 16 students from Framingham State's leadership development and student involvement group, led by Service Coordinator Erin Mansfield, were our spooky actors for our Haunted Maze and did a very good job of making kids and families scream! John and Darlene Dulude helped with tickets and concessions; You Inc students helped with face-painting and pumpkin painting and other activities, Spencer Zerrien, Jeremy Symonds and Samantha Connery; Sam DeJesus helped face paint, and Mikey DeJesus helped with prop maintenance; Cameron Cosenza helped with party activities, JAG Youth council members were spooky actors and helped with party activities, Sandy Ciccui and Mark Simons from FSU ran the donut eating contest; Breanna Claro took pictures throughout the whole evening, and Micheala Duca helped with face painting as well. Joe Graziano and Ron Taylor were behind the scenes with late nights of technical untangling and setting up the electrical pieces in the Haunted Maze and decorations! Thank you to Kelly's Farm for donating all the pumpkins for the event!
 Thank you Pat Dillon for helping us with the set-up of signs. Thank you John Seaver for purchasing the pizza for the event from Gene's Variety - the kids and staff loved it! Finally, thank you to Signs Plus for updating our banner so fast! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! You all made this event so special for the kids. Thank you to our entire staff who helped every night to get this ready! We couldn't have done it without you all. For more pictures of the event, click here
Nutrition Program at the MYC!
On November 2nd we held our first cooking and nutrition class. This initiative is in part funded by a CHNA-6 grant we received earlier this year. This program will focus on increasing physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption, switching from sugary drinks to water, choosing whole grain and healthy fat foods, and limiting screen time. While enforcing these healthy principals we will also be incorporating cooking skills, as the kids participate in our meal p reparation classes that happen weekly on Tuesdays. Each month will be themed; November being, "mini meals you can make yourself'. 

This week the kids made mini pizzas on whole wheat pitas; the idea being, this is something they can make for themselves in the toaster oven when they arrive home from school. 
We had a huge interest in this class and hope to maintain the popularity by keeping this and all of our programs fun, yet educational, here at the Youth Center. W
e would also like to extend a huge thank you to Ron Taylor for donating over $500 of kitchen supplies for the program!  Any questions about the nutrition program or any other programs taking place at the Youth Center can contact Christine Daddario here
Thank you to our volunteers at the MYC!
We had a full of month of volunteers that we would like to give a shout out too! Thank you to Vineyard Church in Hopkinton for organizing a group to paint our movie room wall! Thank you to MYC after school volunteer Nick and YOU Inc. EFE student Jermey for coming in to help Youth Center staff empty out and organize an area in the basement to set up for our Halloween party! Thank you to volunteers John and Chris for helping youth center staff put up a TV mount for our new TV for the lounge area for the kids! 

Volunteers are always welcome to assist with the after school program! We are always looking for help during the after school hours, 2-6 PM. This month, we would like to thank are awesome after school volunteers: Amos Friedner, Darlene Dulude, Ron Taylor and Nick Silva! 

You may also run a program/activity during the after school program. We also need volunteers for our monthly evening events.  Please contact our Program Coordinator, Christine Daddario here   if you would like to volunteer and complete this volunteer form !

Holiday Movie Morning at the MYC!
Join us on Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 10 am-12 pm for a Morning Movie at the Milford Youth Center! This event will include a Holiday movie, popcorn and snacks! 

We would like to thank the Vineyard Church of Hopkinton for sponsoring this event for the community and Center! 

For more information on event, contact Jeff and/or Areli Biggers. 
JAG Youth Council and New AmeriCorps Member at the MYC! 
Over 20 youth have attended the first month of JAG Youth Council meetings of the year at the MYC! JAG Youth Council members have already helped with our Halloween Party and with picking up leaves up in front of the MYC! We are so excited to continue working with our leadership group to look for ways to help the Center and the larger community! 

The JAG Youth Council meets every Wednesday form 4-5 pm at the Milford Youth Center. We are also very excited to congratulate Victoria Williams for being selected as our Social Capital Inc. AmeriCorps member! Victoria will be serving at the Center for the next 10 months, as a Youth Leadership coordinator, completing over 1700 hours of service! Victoria is an after school and JAG Youth Council alumni, along with the 2015 United Way of Tri-County "Youth Volunteer of the Year" award winner! We are so excited and proud of Victoria for this amazing opportunity! Victoria will be running the JAG Youth Council, under the leadership of the  Juvenile Advocacy Group  and Milford Youth Center!

The JAG Youth Council is a group of young Milford Youth Center members, in the town of Milford, that are striving to make a difference in the community by facilitating different youth community events and taking part in volunteer opportunities. The JAG Youth Council has started the popular "Find Yourself Friday" youth event series, which has drawn over 100 students to each event, among many other events. The JAG Youth Council works in cooperation with the Juvenile Advocacy Group and the Milford Youth Center.
  Thank you to Sponsors!
 Rooms and Items still available to
Adopt at MYC!
We would like to extend a huge thank you to all the generous donors of our Capital Campaign so far! We would like to especially thank this month's sponsors which include: 

  • We would like to thank Worldband this month for donating a smart TV for our conference room! We can utilize this for meetings, rentals and programs! Thank you for your continued support! 

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! 
We would like to thank MYC After School and JAG Youth Council member, Julia Kidman for deciding to do her Girl Scout Silver Award project for the Milford Youth Center! The Silver Award is  the highest award a  Girl Scout Cadette  can earn-gives the Girl Scout the chance to show that they are a leader who is organized, determined, and dedicated to improving their community.

Julia's project, entitled "Share the Reading" was created because she said " at the Youth Center, kids can participate in sports, video games, arts/crafts but some kids don't want to do that, they like to read, and there isn't really a space or any sort of books for them to use to do this. I selected project because I have liked being there and wanted to do something that the Youth Center needed to have."  Therefore, Julia took it upon herself to create a library/reading area for the Center, located upstairs, adjacent to the homework room! Thank you to Julia and all the community members who donated books to her cause!
  Thank you for Donations - October 2016!
The Youth Center would like to extend a very appreciative thank you to the following people who donated items this month to the Center:

1. The  Gagnon Family: Donated their Wii system to the Youth Center, after ours broke
2. Dale and Idalina White: Donated an elliptical and a stair master for our workout room
3.Tracy Andreotti: Donated board games 
4. Ellen Samiagio - Donated board games
5. Milford National Bank & their employees: Donated some (gently) used Christmas ornaments 
6. The Duludes: Donated Halloween and Christmas decorations 
7.  Beth McCloud: Donated three large bags of school supplies for our after school members!

The Youth Center relies on donations to hep sustain our programs! Please contact the Center if you would like to donate! 
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!

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 and the conference room.  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 be open from 9 AM to 10:30 AM on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings for Milford residents to use the gym for walking, starting the month of November. 

We have been receiving many requests for this and wanted to make it available as it begins to get colder! 

For November, the Center will be open during these hours on the following dates:
  • Nov. 8, Nov. 10
  • Nov. 15, Nov. 17
  • Nov. 22
  • Nov. 29
Millis Model Aircraft Club
Indoor Flying is back at the MYC!
Millis Model Aircraft Club's indoor flying is back at the Milford Youth Center!  The first 2 sessions are scheduled for 11/18 and 12/9 starting at 7:00 PM at the Milford Youth Center. Please note that this is now a Friday night event as opposed to Saturday. The turnout will determine if we schedule into 2017. 
 
The fee is $10.00 per pilot per session. As in the past, for the first hour if there are any interested people that want to try flying we will have planes available for that purpose. There is no charge to those participants. If you plan on attending, please email here
 
As a way of supporting MYC, the Mlllis Model Aircraft Club has also committed to providing a 1 hour program on the day of our flying sessions during the after school program starting at 5:00 PM. Our plan is to have the kids try Vapors, Embers and the like. 

Teachers Driving Academy
 2016-2017 Classes!

We are accepting registrations for Teacher's Driving Academy for the 2016-2017 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!     

Would you like to volunteer as a Big Sister?!
Sarah* is a 9 year old girl in the Milford area. Sarah is being raised by her grandparents and just started school in a new town this September. Sarah loves the outdoors, crafts, sports, dance, and learning about different cultures. She hopes a Big Sister will be "outgoing and interested in getting to know me". Sarah experienced a lot of loss early on in her life and would greatly benefit from a dedicated female volunteer in her 20's or 30's who is open to new, fun activities and forming a lasting bond!
 
Do you or does someone you know have a few hours a month to make a huge difference in the life of another person? Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters (JBBBS) is in need of volunteers! JBBBS has 35 children in need of a mentor and 52 adults with disabilities on the waiting list.
 
For more information, contact JBBBS Community Organizer, Lily Siegel: lily@jbbbs.org ; 617-558-6549.

JAG Meeting
The adult JAG Coalition will have its next meeting of the year on Wed., 
December 7th, from 8:45 -10 am,  at the Milford Police Station Training room. 
 
The   Juvenile Advocacy Group (JAG) provides an opportunity for youth, parents, community agencies, schools, state and local institutions, volunteers and our faith communities to network, coordinate services, identify and respond to emerging needs in the Greater Milford community. Through youth-adult collaboration JAG seeks to engage all sectors in the Greater Milford Area to promote healthy development for youth and families by reducing substance use, lowering risk factors and strengthening protective factors. For more information, contact  Amy Leone

The JAG Dates will be as follows:
  • December 7th 
  • February 1st
  • April 5th (Networking Breakfast) 
  • June 7th 
Feed - A - Family for Fifty! 
Please help support the United Way of Tri-County and their "Feed a Family for Fifty" Campaign to help  provide  a holiday meal  will  all the trimmings for those in need! The United Way of Tri-County works to help those who have been  devastated  by the impact of  unemployment underemployment  and the high cost living including healthcare,  transportation  and childcare. Without YOUR help, some of the families that the United Way serves could not afford the added cost of a holiday meal! Your generous gift of $50 will give families a complete holiday meal! Click here for more information and/or to make a donation. 
Holiday ALS Dinner Fundraiser 

Join us to support the Milford Youth Center's scholarship in memory of former MYC chairman and MABA youth president Paul "Wally" Seaver and in correlation with the 4th annual FIGHT ALS Youth Holiday Showdown presented by Hoop Crew, LLC.
 
To Pre Purchase Tickets:
Reserve your tickets online at www.thehoopcrew.com . Tickets will also be on sale at the door on the day of the event.
  • Saturday, December 10, 2016
  • The Hoboken Club, 252 Central St., Milford, MA
  • 7:00 pm-12:00 am
  • Food, DJ Entertainment, Cash Bar, Raffles And Silent Auctions
  • Tickets $40 Per Guest
Proceeds from both the fundraiser dinner and youth travel basketball tournament will be used to fund the MYC Scholarships in memory of Paul (Wally) Seaver & your help to fund the ongoing research in the fight against Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS).

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.

November 7, 2016
In This Issue
After School Program
MYC Thanksgiving Dinner
MYC Halloween Party
Nutrition Program
Thank you volunteers
Holiday Movie Morning
JAG Youth Council and New AmeriCorps Member
Adopt a room and/or furniture
"Share the Reading"
Thank you for Donations!
Business AD Space at MYC
Rentals at MYC
MYC Walking Available!
Millis Model Aircraft Club
TDA
Would you like to volunteer as a Big Sister?
JAG Meeting
Feed - A - Family for Fifty
Holiday ALS Dinner Fundraiser
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/