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November 2015
 After School Program Updates!

Welcome to the month of November for the Milford Youth Center's After School program this school year at the 27 Congress St. location. This location will be utilized until we are able to relocate to the newly renovated Armory, anticipated to be completed for March of 2016.

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). The game room is open daily and activities will be open/held outside depending on the weather. Click here
  for full November calendar ! Last month the youth were able to enjoy a Halloween Party at the Center, including a Halloween movie, snacks, costume contest, and pumpkin painting! 

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!
MYC Selected for Lowes Heroes Project!

The Milford Youth Center is very appreciative of Lowes of Milford for selecting the Youth Center for their Hero Project and excited to have a new kitchen included into the renovation of the Armory! Lowes donated all the cabinetry and other kitchen accessories for the Center as part of their Heroes Project!

"Each year every Lowe's store and its employees complete a Heroes Project. This year the employees of Lowe's in Milford, MA chose a project near and dear to many employee hearts, "A home away from home" for many that grew up in the town of Milford and that being The Milford Youth Center. - Gail Nielsen, Human Resources Manager at Lowes

 MYC at Patriots Game!

We would like to thank Waters Corporation and their staff for inviting members of the Youth Center to attend the October 25th Patriots vs. Jets game! 

Milford Youth Center staff, along with five After School members, attended the game at Gillette Stadium! The group was able to enjoy a day full of activities: brunch, games and photos at the Hall of Fame, and meet some past players! Finally, the group got to see an amazing game, with great seats in the end zone! Thank you again Waters, for allowing us to take part in such a fun day! For more pictures, visit our Facebook page!
MYC Thanks Community for Donations! 

We would like to thank 
Adrienne Currin of Planet Aid in Milford for helping find a bike for one of our well deserving volunteers! 

We would like to thank Scott Anderson and Ricoh USA for donating a vending machine to the Youth Center! 

We would also like to thank John Quinn who donated regularly to the Youth Center through the TRUIST workplace giving program!

We would finally like to thank all the individuals, families, and businesses that supported our brick fundraiser! The Center sold all 48 bricks and 12 pavers, to be placed in front of the newly renovated Youth Center!
Upcoming Adult JAG Meeting and Info! 
The adult JAG Coalition will have its third meeting of the year on Wed.,  November 4th, 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  

Click here for resource card to know how to get help if you have survived an overdose and are ready for help.  Milford Police Officers, and other collaborative resources are passing these cards out to help anyone struggling with addiction or has suffered an overdose. 

The S.A.F.E Coalition of Franklin, is also working to help promote awareness of the opioid epidemic and collaborating with JAG and other local resources. To sign up for their newsletter, click here. For link to video presented by 60 Minutes: Heroin in the Heartland, click here. Finally, click here for info on our upcoming Awareness Campaign of the dangers of prescription medications and opioids.
"Raise Some Dough" for the JAG Youth Council 

The Milford Youth Center and Juvenile Advocacy Group have partnered to "Raise Some Dough" at Papa Gino's! All proceeds will go towards supporting our youth leadership group, the JAG Youth Council! 

When: Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Time: 4:00-8:00 PM
20% of the total pre-tax sales will go towards our fundraiser!
Only valid for eat in and pick up (not for delivery)
Must bring this flyer with you!

For more information about the Milford Youth Center and the Juvenile Advocacy Group 
please visit us on Facebook and/or our websites!
Help Support the MYC/JAG Youth Fashion Show

The Milford Youth Center is pleased to announce that we will be collaborating with Chair Secrets by Meredith Carbary at the Hair Salon in Medway for our 7th Annual MYC/JAG Fashion Show, "Dressed Up, Not Messed Up" (Event in May of 2016). 

From October 2015 thru May 2016, the salon will have multiple ways to help fundraise for the Milford Youth Center members to be able to keep their the runway fashion outfits! In addition,  Event Hair's staff will be assisting in styling the children at T. J.Maxx' & doing the hair and make up the evening of the performance! Through this event we plan to raise awareness about underage drinking and help teens become better informed about the dangers of alcohol so they can make healthy decisions throughout life. We also hope this event will increase youth self-esteem and attitudes toward their body image! 

Click here for flier on how to get great hair services and help out a great cause! We would like to thank Meredith Carbary, Chair Secrets and the Hair Salon for collaborating with us on this effort! The Assistant Director of the MYC was the first to participate...will you be next?! 
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 unemploymentunderemployment 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. 

The United Way of Tri-County is a longtime supporter of the Milford Youth Center and we encourage anyone who can to support this campain! Milford Youth Center staff also joined Jen Maseda, Chief Philanthropy Officer, to talk about their programs and the event live on WMRC on October 16th! 
Teachers Driving Academy
 2015-2016 Classes!

We are accepting registrations for Teacher's Driving Academy for the 2015- 2016 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 the Milford Youth Center as a donation from the TDA. Please mail form to our temporary address, 27 Congress St.  We are very grateful for this collaboration and support!     

Upcoming Community Impact Programs! 
Community Impact, Inc., a private mental health counseling practice, that works with youth, adolescents, young adults and families to facilitate positive change within all aspects of their lives has many new programs to be offered: 

1. " Calming Strategies for Kids" - This is a four week program focusing on a different calming strategy each week. They will make a "worry box" a "fidget box" work on mindfulness and even yoga for relaxation (Starting Nov. 6th) For more information, click here.

2. Y12SR -" Yoga of 12 Step-Recovery" - Y12SR is a rich and powerful framework for integrating the wisdom of yoga and the practical tools of 12-step programs. Guided by it's theme 'The Issues Live In the Tissues", Y12SR meetings are now available all over country and the curriculum is quickly becoming a feature of addiction recovery treatment centers across the United States. For more information, click here

3. Peaceful Yoga and Art - 45 Minutes of therapeutic yoga, followed by 45 minutes of expressive art! Click here for more information!

4. Teen Yoga  & Art - 45 Minutes of therapeutic yoga, followed by 45 minutes of expressive art! Click here for more information!

Youth Mental Health First Aid Seminar 
There will be a youth mental health first aid (YMHFA) program that is being offered to the community at Good Samaritan Medical Center on November 21st  from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Lunch will be provided to those that register to attend.

YMHFA is a public education program that introduces participants to the unique risk factors and symptoms of mental health problems in adolescents, builds an understanding of the importance of early interventions, and teaches individuals how to help a youth in crisis.

Please feel free to share this flier with those that may be interested in attending and/or with your coalition members.

"Gala of Trees" Event  
The Milford Junior Woman's Club, a volunteer organization serving Milford and greater area  for over 30 years, is hosting a "Gala of Trees" fundraising event.  This event will showcase an array of decorated trees and wreaths  that will be raffled off the first weekend of December.  The proceeds from this event will support our "Guardian Angel Fund" which is a fund set up to assist those in need who may have suffered events which have left them in situations of hardship.  The event will be hosted by the Learning Experience located on 350 East Main Street in Milford.  The Learning Experience is a local daycare center committed to community service like the Milford Junior Woman's Club.  We are hoping that your organization will participate in this special Holiday event by donating a decorated tree and or wreath for the raffle.  We gladly accept any size decorated tree or wreath. We currently have a limited amount of trees in our inventory and the wreath category is new this season so we encourage wreath donations as well.  (Please let us know if you are in  need of a tree to decorate.)

Please contact Paula Mullahoo at or Dianne (Muffin) McNeilly at by November 20th if you will be participating in this wonderful event to help others in need in the local area.
Y.O.U., Inc.'s Education for Employment 

If you are a youth, age 16-24, Y.O.U., Inc.'s Education for Employment program may be for you.  The Education for Employment program provides HiSET (formerly the GED) preparation, life skills and pro-social skills training, career assessment, job training and placement assistance, FAFSA assistance, and college exploration. In order to participate in this free program, youth must qualify. To find out if you qualify contact Christine Daddario: 508-473-2178 or


This program is funded through the Workforce Investment Act and Workforce Central Career Center.

Milford Support Groups for Parents
Do you have a child with special needs between the ages of 2 -22? Do you feel that your life is out of control and nobody understands?  PLEASE JOIN US ... Click here for more information on "Coffee Connection" support group for parents. If you are a parent of children/teens with special needs, click here

Both groups are offered at the Kennedy Donovan Center, located at 171 Main St. in Milford. Please register beforehand to attend. 
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



The Chris Herren Story

Chris Herren, former NBA basketball player and now motivational speaker, author and sobriety advocate, will be presenting his story at Natick High School on Monday, November 16th, from 7-9 PM. This presentation is open to middle school, high school, an college-aged students an their parents/guardians (open to public). Chris will share his inspirational story of the struggle and recovery from substance abuse with a message of hope, and that it is never to late to start a new chapter in your life. 


When: Monday, November 16th

Time: 7-9 PM

Where: 15 West St., Natick





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In This Issue
After School Program Updates!
MYC - Lowes Hero Project
MYC at Pats Game!
MYC Thanks Community for Donations!
JAG Meeting and Info
Raise Some Dough Fundraiser
Support Fashion Show
Feed A Family for Fifty
Community Impact Inc. programs
Youth Mental Health First Aid Seminar
Gala of Trees Fundraiser
You Inc. EFE
Milford Support Groups
Free Community Meals
Chris Herren Story

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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:
phone: 508.422.0242 

Milford Youth Center:
phone: 508.473.1756