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MYC & JAG
November 2014
Newsletter
 MYC After School Program
 Updates!

 

We would like to welcome you to the first full month of this school year's Milford Youth Center After School Program at the new location at 27 Congress St (for the duration of the renovation)!

 

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). Some of the programs this month include the JAG Youth Council, Instructional Boxing (at Rivera Athletic Center), Homework Help, and Movie Day Fridays! The game room is open daily and activities will be open/held outside depending on the weather. On Monday, November 24th, we will be providing the After School members with a Thanksgiving Dinner! If there are any businesses and/or individuals that would like to contribute, please contact the Center at 508-473-1756 or via email. Click here for our full November Calendar! 

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

Volunteers are always welcome to assist with the after school program or during the morning hours! We are always looking for help during the after school hours, 2-6 PM. You may also run a program/activity during the after school program.  We also need volunteers for our monthly evening events. Please contact us if you would like to volunteer and print, sign, and return this form to the Center!

 Thank you from the MYC!!!

 

We would like to take the time to thank the many volunteers and different businesses and Town Departments/Boards that helped us make the transition and move to the new location of the Center for the duration of the renovation. We realize that we would not have been able to accomplish the move without all your help and truly appreciate it!


 
We would like to thank Arthur Siipola and Alfred P Scioli, of S & S Realty Trust (and Meg McElroy of Greater Milford Realty) for allowing the Youth Commission to rent the 27 Congress building for the duration of the renovation! We would like to thank Braza Construction and the Milford Sports Center for generously picking up and storing some of our sporting equipment. Thank you Rivera Athletic Center for hosting our Youth boxing program during the duration of the renovation. Thank you to our many volunteers who helped us move items to the new location and to storage: Matt Reardon, Joan and Jack Ward, Sandra Caproni, Mike Cicciu, Rafael Corona, Benjamin De Jesus, Gabby De Jesus, Mike Dehey, Brian Bell,  the Kibbee's,  Milford Football, You Inc.,  Mendon Storage, and Ryder Trucks of MilfordAlso, we would like to thank Pizza Palace for their generosity in providing our volunteers with pizza during the moving process! Thank you Worldband for helping to get our computers and internet up and running at the new location and your continued support of the Center. Finally, we would like to thank the many different departments at the Town Hall who have helped us through this transition: Town Accountant, Treasurer, Clerk, and Administrors. Thank you Paul Mazzuchelli, of the Board of Health, and the Finance Committee for your guidance as well! Lastly, thank you Town Engineer, Vonnie Reis, Selectman Brian Murray, and the entire Renovation Committee for their dedication! We apologize if we accidentally forgot anyone!

 MYC Food Collection and Giving Tree! 

 

The Center is always looking for ways to help out and get involved in the community, especially during the Holiday Season! There are two ways you can also get involved!


 

1. For the month of November, we will be collecting food donations to be donated to the Milford Daily Bread Food Pantry.


 

2. We will also be organizing an MYC Giving tree this year! Every year, we are lucky to be able to provide many of our Youth Center After School members with gifts through the United Way of Tri-County's "Hope for the Holidays" program and also through the annual collection held at the Rivera Athletic Center! Despite this, we still always have more families that reach out to us for assistance and that's why we are starting our own giving tree this year! We are welcoming individuals and/or businesses to adopt a child or a family! 


 

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the Center at 508-473-1756 or email us. All drop off's of food donations can be made during the After School hours or scheduling a time with us during the morning hours, starting today (Monday, November 3rd). People can start collecting families and/or individuals for the Giving Tree on November 17th (and gifts will be due back to the Center by December 19th)!  

First JAG Meeting!

The adult  JAG Coalition will have its third meeting of the year on Wed., November 5th, at 8:45 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

JAG Youth Council Welcome's
Senator Moore! 

The JAG Youth Council and Milford Youth Center would like to thank Senator Richard Moore and Tim Harvey for joining us on Wednesday, October 29th, to talk to the group about the importance of getting involved and volunteering in their community! 


 

The Youth Leadership group  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. The JAG Youth Council works in cooperation with the Juvenile Advocacy Group and the Milford Youth Center. For more information, please contact Jen Ward. The JAG Youth Council meets every Wednesday, from 3-4 PM, at the MYC. 

First Find Yourself Friday a Success! 

Over 75 Youth attended the first "Find Yourself Friday" Halloween Youth Dance, on Friday, October 24th! The event included music, snacks/drinks for sale, and prizes for best Halloween Costumes! All proceeds were used to purchase a gift card for Madi Proper and her family to attend a vacation to Great Wolf Lodge. The JAG Youth Council and MYC decided to have all the proceeds to go towards helping to send our MYC/JAG member, Madi, to one of her favorite places, Great Wolf Lodge, because she had a summer full of surgeries and doctors' appointments, due to a brain tumor that was found. Due to her positive attitude and courage, we all thought she deserved to enjoy herself, once she has completely recovered from her recent brain surgery! We would like to thank the School Department for allowing us to use the Middle School East gymnasium for the event and our volunteers, Sandra Caproni and Ryan White! For more pictures of the event, click here.

Teachers Driving Academy
 2014-2015 Classes!

We are now accepting registrations for Teacher's Driving Academy for the 2014-2015 school year! The Milford Youth Center is pleased to partner with Teachers Driving Academy to offer students a great program, at a reasonable pice, with added convenience of taking classes right at school! For more information, click hereEvery registration fee is made out the Milford Youth Center as a donation from TDA. We are very grateful for this collaboration and support!     

Hopedale Library Programs

Adult Programs:

        • November 15, 2014Fall Book and Bake Sale - This will be held on Saturday from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM in the program room downstairs at the library.
  • November 24, 2014: Easy Walks in Massachusetts, presented by Marjorie Turner Holloman - This program will present easy walks in the surrounding towns with an emphasis on the Hopedale Parklands which is 100 years old this year.
  • December 3, 2014: Holiday Arrangements presented by Betty the Gardener - Betty will demonstrate holiday arrangements that can be made using plants in your yard.

 

Children's Programs:

  • November 5, 2014: Mad Science
For more information and events, click here
 

 

Holiday Vendor & Craft Fair!

 

Save the date and spread the word!

Special Community, a program supported by the Kennedy Donovan Center, will be holding their annual Holiday Vendor & Craft Fair on 
Sun. Nov. 22nd from 12-4 PM! The event will be at the Crystal Room (downstairs), located at 85 Cedar St. in Milford, MA. 

Click here for flier!
 

 

Are you concerned with how your child is behaving?

Is your child on an IEP? Is your child angry, sad, anxious, acting out or withdrawn? Are you having a problem understanding and copying? You are not alone. NAMI Basics is for you! Register NOW for Basics in Milford. Classes start Monday, November 10th, from 6:30-0:00 PM. To register and for more information, please contact Cindi or Beth:

  • cscrimgeour@gmail.com (508) 284-1368
  • bcrevi@aol.com  (774) 573-4486
For flier, click here
Ahimsa Yoga Studio Classes!

Ahimsa Yoga Studio is offering new classes for the month of November and December. Classes include: Inner Bliss for Moms, Youth Yoga and Creative Art, and Yoga for Stress Relief. There are only 8 spots for each class so register today! To register, contact 

blissfulaurasyoga@gmail.com 

 

There are also morning classes that are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Classes are $10 each or $40 for a five-class pass.  Because space is limited, please sign up for only the classes you will attend. Ahimsa Yoga Studio is located at the offices of Community Impact Inc., at 211Main St. in Milford, Ma.  

 Milford Family & Community Network Programs

The Milford Family & Community Network has a bunch of new program being offered! Please call the office at 508-634-2356 to register for all programs.


 

Fun With Letters and Sounds:  A program for children from birth to age 5 and their caregiver(s) on Monday, November 17th from 12:30 to 2:00pm in our play center. 

Guiding Children's Behavior: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly:  A parent workshop for families with children from 24 to 60 months old.  It will take place on Tuesday, November 18th, from 7:00-9:00pm at the Bellingham Public Library.


 As a reminder, we still have limited space in the following programs:


 

Nurturing a Reader; Amazing Bear Scavenger Hunt: A parent/child group for children 36-52 months old.  It takes place on Thursday, November 13th from 12:30 - 1:30pm in the Hopedale Community House in Hopedale. 

Guiding Children's Behavior: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly - This is a parent workshop for families with children from 24 - 60 months.  It will take place on Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Bright Beginnings Center Preschool in Hopedale.

Playgroups with Miss Laura - Come and enjoy this 9-week playgroup with your children from birth to 5 years old on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2:00pm starting November 5, 2014 through January 21, 2015 at the Preschool Classroom in the Sacred Heart Church in Hopedale, MA.

Grandparents are Groovy - a 5-week program held on Mondays from 9:15am to 10:45am from November 3rd, through December 1st, for grandparents and their grandchildren from birth to 5 years old in the Preschool Classroom in the Sacred Heart Church in Hopedale, MA. 


 

Lastly, we would love to see you at the next Network Helpers Meeting: 


 

Network Helpers Meeting:  The Network Helpers would like to extend you the invitation to attend their next monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 4:00 to 5:00pm in the Play center.  Your little ones are welcome to come play in a safe environment while we discuss upcoming events and ideas! 


 

A Women's Way

Community Impact is offering a new group that is intended for women, 18 and over, who need support in creating their own path to recovery.
You will explore what they think, feel and believe, connect your inner life to your actions with other people in your lives. This group will help you develop integrity. You will leave group knowing that your life can be congruent with your deepest values.
 
The group will run on Thursdays, at 1 PM, starting on November 13th to February 19th. To register, visit communityimpactinc.net
or call 508-422-0242, ex 1. For flier, click here
Winter Programs at Family Continuity

Family Continuity of Whitinsville, is offering many different winter groups for kids & teens, adults, and parents. Family Continuity is a private, non-profit mental health and social services agency serving Eastern and Central Massachusetts for more than a quarter century. For flier of programs, 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 3, 2014
In This Issue
MYC After School Program Update
MYC Thank you's
MYC Food Collection & Giving Tree
JAG
JAG Youth Council
Find Yourself Friday
TDA
Hopedale Library Programs
Holiday Vendor & Craft Fair
NAMI Basics
Ahimsa Yoga Studio
Milford Family & Community Network
A Women's Way
Family Continuity

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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.