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MYC & JAG
November 2013
Newsletter
MYC Adult Halloween Fundraiser Thank you!

The Milford Youth Center staff and Commission would like to thank you everyone who attended and/or donated an item for our first annual MYC Halloween Fundraiser on Friday, October 25th! 

 

We hope to make this a successful annual event for adults to enjoy the Halloween spirit and to help raise money for the Center, which is currently relying on individual donations, rental fees, support from the Town, funding from the United Way of Tri-County and fundraisers like this to keep its door open to our youth. All the proceeds of the event go towards the physical fitness, educational, and summer programs of the Center. 

 

We would like to thank the many businesses, organizations, and individuals that contributed to this event: Roche Brothers of Millis, Spallone & Son, Inc., Milford Performing Arts Center, Gene's Variety, Oliva's Market, T.G.I Friday's, J.P. Liquors, Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Alison Julian, Jon Capece, Rob Kidder, Warren Hubbard, Mark Berman, Paul Seaver Jr., Mike Walsh Jr., Amy Neves, Mike Dehey, Law Offices of Michael M. Kaplan, and all those who helped set up and attended our event! 

MYC After School Program
November Updates!
MYC Youth

We would like to welcome you and your family to the third 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 a Sign Language class!  This will start on Monday, Nov. 18th and will run for 14 weeks! Click here for our full November Calendar! For our event calendar for the year, click hereThe Milford Youth Center after school program is open for youth ages 8-18, free of charge, from 2-6 pm Monday through Friday. 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: Linda Hertz, United Way of Tri-County, Teachers Driving Academy, Tim Snow, and Jenny GonzalezWe would like to thank Paul Bonvino (and Milford Softball) for donating their time, along with O'Donnell Electric for donating scaffolding,  to help fix lighting in the Youth Center!  We would also like to thank Milford TV for having staff and our Youth members on! Check us out on Nov.11th! 
Next JAG Meeting 

Please join us for our next JAG meeting TODAY  Wednesday, November 6th at 8:45 am at the Milford Police Station Training Room.

  

This month we will be joined by consultant Lauren Gilman from EDC to help us gain a better understanding of social marketing campaigns. With her support, guidance, knowledge, and expertise we will begin to brand our message of reducing underage substance use and adolescent risk factors for 2013-2014.

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 

Find Yourself Friday
Youth Halloween Party a Huge Success!

Over 150 youth attended our second Find Yourself Friday youth event of the school year on Friday, November 1st from 6:30 - 9:00 PM at the Milford Youth Center! The event included a DJ, music, games, food & beverages for sale, a jumpy, a movie, face & pumpkin painting, a costume contest, and a HAUNTED MAZE!

 

The JAG Youth Council and Milford Youth Center collected donations for the food pantry at the event. We would like to especially thank Hannafords of Milford & Kelly Dick Farm for their donation of snacks and pumpkins for the event! We would like to thank the following volunteers: The Dumas Family, The Dunbar Family, Sandy Caproni, Kristen Kibbee, Jason Jung, Veronica Demers, Rob Kidder, Sarah Sheehan, Jen Ribeiro (Milford HS Art National Honor Society) and all the volunteers from JAG & MYC!

 

For more photo's of the event, click here. Our next Find Yourself Friday event will be held on Friday, January 24th. If you would like to volunteer at this event, please email Jen Ward

 
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!     

United Way
Aims to Feed 1,000 Families for Holidays!

Are you getting excited thinking about the Holidays? All the food, the turkey, green bean casserole and oh, the stuffing! Now think about all the people that can't afford a holiday meal. You can help make a difference and provide a family with a holiday meal, including all the trimmings, for just $50.

 We need your help to feed 1,000 families in the MetroWest/495 Corridor this Holiday Season. Your generous gift of $50.00 will give these families a complete holiday meal including the trimmings. For every $1 donated, we are able to purchase $4 worth of food. So please help us feed as many families as possible. For more information and to donate, click here   

Jingle Bell Jamboree!

 

Stay warm with Holiday crafts, snacks, music and a Holiday photo both before the annual Santa Parade!

 

Join us on Sunday, December 1st from 2-4 PM for the Milford Youth Center's 5th Annual Jingle Bell Jamboree! Please consider bringing an unwrapped gift for the Salvation Army (newborn to age 12). The event will be $3 per person or $10 per family. All proceeds go towards youth programs and events at the Milford Youth Center.

 

If you would like to have a table or craft activity at the event please call 508-473-1756 or email us! 

 

For more information and flier, please click here.  If you are walking or on our float for the Santa Parade, please meet us at the Friendly's parking lot at 3:30 on that Sunday. For more information contact, milfordyouthcenter@comcast.net

Adult Open Gym at the MYC!

The Milford Youth Center will be open for adult open gym on Thursday Nights, starting December 11th! 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. 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.

Join and Support the MYC & HOOP CREW, LLC in their efforts to raise money and awareness for Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS)

 

Join and support the Milford Youth Center and Hoop Crew, LLC in their efforts to raise money and awareness for Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) on Saturday, December 21st from 7:00pm - 12:00am. 

  

In coordination with the 1st Annual FIGHT ALS Youth Holiday Showdown (Dec. 29-30, Milford), a travel basketball tournament for boys and girls, grades 5-8, Hoop Crew, LLC is hosting a formal, adult dinner fundraiser for guests to boost their collective efforts against ALS. Food, music, raffles, silent auctions and a beer/wine will be available to all attending guests. Tickets are $40 each and those interested in attending can RSVP ahead of time. Tickets will also be sold at the door on Saturday, December 21st, starting at 7:00pm. 

  

The dinner event will be held in memory of former MYC Chairman, Paul "Wally" Seaver. For more information, please contact either Paul Seaver (paulseaverhc@gmail.com) or Greg Lewis (greglewishc@gmail.com). Click here for RSVP and flier. 

Sponsor an MYC March Madness Team!

Every March, the Milford Youth Center hosts our annual March Madness Tourney and 3 Point & Dunk Contest! 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!

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

 

For sponsor 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.

JAG & MYC Youth Participate in the
CROP Walk for Hunger

JAG Youth Council & MYC members participated in and raised money for the the 5th Annual Greater Milford CROP Walk for Hunger that took place on Saturday, Oct. 26th.  All proceeds go to the Greater Milford CROP Walk.

CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by CWS and organized by local volunteers to raise funds to end hunger.

3rd Annual "Treats for the Troops"

Donate some or all of your left over Halloween candy to the troops!

 

A group of local businesses have come together to put a smile on the faces of the American troops overseas while they help to keep your fun-sized candy to a minimum. Bring your candy to any of the following locations by this Saturday, Nov. 9th! Add a note to a soldier for a special for a special sweet smile! Click here for flier and locations!

Let's Be Honest: Communication in Families that Keeps Kids Healthy 

Your kids have questions about their bodies, puberty, relationships, and sexual decision making.  Research shows that they want to get answers from their parents. 

  

Help them make the right choices by attending a free workshop at You Inc. on Nov. 12th from 12-1:15 PM. We will provide parents with strategies for responding to their children's hard-to-answer questions as well as techniques for talking about sexual health issues in a skilled, knowledgeable, and comfortable manner


Where: 

Y.O.U., Inc.

81 Plantation St.,

Worcester, MA 01604

First Floor Couch Room

RSVP:  Azzaritie@YOUInc.org

"Not Just Child's Play" & "The Road Forward"

On Behalf of The Coalition for a Community of Caring, we would like to share a couple few great FREE workshops coming up:

 

1. "The Road Forward" on Nov. 12th - An Overview of Transitional Planning for parents of children with intellectual Disabilities, ages 14-22. This will be held from 6:30 to 8:30. PM at the Kennedy Donovan Family Center, located at 171 Main St. in Milford.


2. "Not Just Child's Play" on Nov. 14th - "A series of FREE presentations and discussions to address community responses to violence, aggression and bullying, especially for those parenting youth with special needs. This will be held at the S
hrewsbury Public Library from 6:30 to 8:30. PM. 

Holiday Vendor/Craft Fair

Get your Holiday shopping started with 15 + vendors, treat yourself, purchase hostess gifts, items to make the holidays easier, sample items, gift raffle, 50/50 raffle, all in a relaxed, fun atmosphere! The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23rd from 4-8 PM, downstairs at the Crystal Room (49 Cedar St, Milford). 

 

This fundraiser supports Special Community, an After School program for teens with special needs. For more information, email here

 

Family Fun Fair 2014!

The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, Kennedy-Donovan Family Support Center and the Milford Family & Community Network will host its 20th annual Family Fun Fair.

 

The Family Fun Fair will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014, from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm at the Milford High School cafeteria.  Tables are free for all exhibitors and no sales are allowed.

 

We hope to have a wide range of exhibitors who work with families from the prenatal stage through adolescence.  Exhibitors will include health care professionals, social services, community and educational programs, day care providers, and small businesses.  There will be entertainment throughout the day.  We also encourage all exhibitors to include a child-friendly activity at their table. 

 

Mark your calendars for March 22, 2014 (snow date of March 29) from11:00 am - 2:00 pm.  Registration forms will be sent in November, please watch for them. 

Save the Date: Networking Breakfast!

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 2, 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 and 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.

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

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.
November 6, 2013
In This Issue
MYC Adult Halloween Fundraiser!
MYC After School program
JAG
Find Yourself Friday
TDA
United Way "Feed a Family for 50"
Jingle Bell Jamboree
MYC Open Gym
Fight ALS Youth Holiday Showdown
Sponsor an MYC March Madness Team
CROP Walk
Treats for the Troops
Let's Be Honest
Free Workshops
Holiday Vendor/Craft Fair
Family Fun Fair
Networking Breakfast
Free 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.