MYC
October 2017
Newsletter
 After School Program - October 2017!

The month of September has flown by for us here at the youth center. We've been having so much fun, and surprisingly, sun! As we warmly enter into fall and the month of October, we have some new programming and updates to share with you. 

Open Gym- Open gym is a non-structured program where youth are allowed free play and choice of activities in the gym as well as the rest of the youth center (lounge and game room).

Homework Help- This month we will be changing the time of our homework help from 2:00 to 3:00. This will make it more available for kids coming from Woodland schools and also give kids a chance to take a break right after school before they start on their homework. We also have a free tutor available. Please email us if you are interested to set up an appointment. 
  • Sewing- Sewing will be starting on October 3rd. This class will be led by Lisa White, Christine Daddario, and Darlene Dulude. The kids will be progressing to using sewing machines this year, which we are pretty excited about. 
  • CrossFit- CrossFit is going strong into October. CrossFit is run by Marc Pitts from CrossFit Never Doubt in Milford. CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. Marc tailors all his classes to fit the needs of our youth here at the center.
     
  • Fishing- We will have a new volunteer, Bob Gilmore, who is a Mass Wildlife trainer, "Let's Go Fishing" instructor. He will be assisting with the fishing class. which will take place at the Milford pond. This is a fun class of getting to know how to use a fishing pole and bait a hook. It will be a catch and release class.
  • Career and College Advising- This class is led by our Program Coordinator, Christine Daddario. For youth ages 14 and up who would like to start working or need help applying to colleges. The majority of work focuses on resume building, job searching, college applications and how to fill out a FAFSA.
  • Crafts- Crafts is also led by Christine Daddario. The class is all about fun and creativity, and a lot of experimenting from Pinterest. We use a lot of up-cycled materials so youth learn about re-using and the benefits is has to the environment.
  • MYC Youth Council- We transitioned from JAG into our very own MYC Youth council which is proving to be very popular this year. The kids are in the process of nominating leadership for the group and we have lots of applications for president, vice president, treasurer, and social media coordinator. 

Nutrition- Led by Christine Daddario, who has a BS in Nutrition. The class will focus on making easy and fun recipes as well as tasting new foods. Youth will also be shown the importance of healthy eating through modeling and will be encouraged to make behavior changes through discussion and staff guidance.


 

Science Club- Led by Victoria Williams, the science club will be a place where youth can go to learn, talk, and experiment with all things science. From discussions to watching experiments, as well as making their own, the science club is a fun and exciting spot for any youth interested in science.


 

The Milford Youth Center's after school program is open for youth ages 8-18, free of charge for Milford residents and students, 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. For registration form, click here
MYC Job Opportunities!
Are you creative, organized and enjoy working with children and teens? If so, come be a part of the Milford Youth Center team!

In this paid part-time position, you will facilitate and monitor after-school programs for children and teens at the Milford Youth Center.  This position will be utilized for the After School hours from 2-6 PM.  Requirements: Must be at least 17 years of age with demonstrated interest/experience in working with youth.  The positions available are:

* Activities Supervisors - $11/hr
* Front Desk Monitors - $11/hr

For application, click here or visit www.milfordyouthcenter.net Please return to Milford Youth Center, along with a resume, at 24 Pearl St., Milford., MA 01757.

MYC Kid's Play Group 0-5!

We are very happy to announce we will be bringing back the MYC Kid's Play, starting at the MYC on THIS Tuesday, October 3rd. This is a children's play group for parents and/or guardians to bring their kids to play, craft, and socialize! The groups will run everything Tuesday afternoon from 12:30 am to 2:00. 

Each session will include activities such as circle time, free play, crafts, snack, story time, and clean up! There is a requested donation of $5 per family per session, so the MYC can continue and expand groups and programming. Come on down and bring your child to run and play while adults socialize and meet other families in the community!  
MYC Halloween Party!!!
The Milford Youth Center's Annual Halloween Party and Haunted Maze  will be held on Friday, October 27th from 7-9 PM at the Milford Youth Center! The community will be able to enjoy music, snacks, pumpkin & face painting, jumpy and a haunted maze!!! The event is $3/person or $10 per family to attend!
 
We are also looking for volunteers for our Haunted Maze  and/or to assist MYC Youth Council members with running activity tables! if you are interested in volunteering please call our Program Coordinator, Christine Daddario at (508) 473-1756 or email here

MYC Snack Attack Program!
We are so excited to announce that starting this October we will be able to provide a free snack to every after school member for the rest of the school year! The snack will include a whole grain and/or protein snack, along with either a fresh piece of fruit or a 100% juice beverage!

This program would not have been possible without the collaboration of CACFP, Hockomock Area YMCA and the Milford School Food & Nutrition Services department! We hope this program will help provide our members with a nutritious snack during the gap between their school lunch and their return home for dinner after our program ends at 6 PM! Please contact our Program Coordinator, Christine Daddario here or call 508-473-1756 if you would like to help pass out snacks for this program!
Volunteer at the Milford Youth Center!
"Try it!" This is what our volunteer Rose Mary Natelson wants to say to anybody who is thinking about volunteering at the Milford Youth Center! Rose Mary is a retired teacher and has experience working with youth. She has done other volunteer work in Rochester, New York as well as In Columbus, Ohio. She used to be an adult swim instructor! Rose Mary also volunteers once a week at the Milford Senior Center. She told us that she is still waiting for the kids to warm up to her and advises potential volunteers to not be discouraged! Rose Mary joins us once a week for 1 hour to help kids with their homework!

We can use volunteers Monday-Friday anytime between 2-6 PM!  Please contact our Program Coordinator, Christine Daddario here  or call 508-473-1756! if you would like to volunteer and complete this volunteer form
Thank you 
Milford Summer Food Service Program!
We would like to send a HUGE thank you to everyone who was involved in the Milford Summer Food Service Program! The Milford Area Humanitarian Coalition and the Hockomock Area YMCA partnered to operate an official USDA/MA Department of Education summer meal program this summer. The Milford Summer Food Service Program provided thousands of lunches at three meal sites in Milford, one being the Milford Youth Center.

The Youth Center was able to provide a space to have an open site for the community and to allow our summer camp families to be provided with a free lunch everyday! The program served a grand total of 9,516 lunches this summer!  This is a 3,166-meal increase over last year's total of 6,350.  A total of 3,387 lunches were served to children at open sites, 1,262 lunches were served to their caregivers, 936 meals were served to campers at the Milford Youth center, 3,618 meals were served to children at the summer ELL program at Woodland Elementary School, and 313 leftover meals were donated to local homeless shelters operated by SMOC.
3rd annual 
"Help the Youth B-Ball Tournament"
Join us for the 3rd annual "Help the Youth B-Ball Tournament" at the MYC. On Sunday, November 5th, Jay Resto and Jay's Classic Barber Shop will host a basketball tournament in our gymnasium at 1 PM. 

Teams will be coming from Framingham, Westwood and Marlboro to compete. The Youth Center will also have a team represented!

There will be pizza for sale, music and of course, lots of basketball! All proceeds will go back to the programs of the Milford Youth Center!
Millis Model Aircraft Club
Bill O'Donnell Milford Day Fun Fly
The Millis Model Aircraft Club (MMAC) is pleased to announce that it will be conducting its annual Bill O'Donnell Milford Day Fun Fly on Sunday, October 8 from 10 am till 2 pm at Plains Park in Milford, MA.(Plains Park is located on Rt. 85 approximately 1 mile west of the Rt. 85 exit off of I-495). Pilot registration will begin at 9:00 am. The opening ceremony will start at 10:00 am followed by open flying with several flight demonstrations conducted throughout the day. The club will also be conducting "Buddy Box" training flights for the general public between 12 noon and 1 pm.

In addition, a free pilot's raffle will be conducted throughout the day for all registered pilots. The club has numerous prizes to give away, some of which were donated by Creative Hobbies of Mendon, MA. We also have a trainer aircraft that will be raffled off to the general public. All proceeds from the public raffle will be donated to the Milford Youth Center. We would like to thank the Millis Model Aircraft Club for choosing the Youth Center for this generous donation! 

The event Contest Director is John Holcomb, MMAC vice-president and is assisted by Mickey Callahan, MMAC president. Any questions can be directed to Mickey at mickc@comcast.net or John at jh4adp@aol.com.

As in years past, there will be a food vendor offering hot dogs, hamburgers, coffee and soft drinks for sale. In the event of inclement weather, a decision will be made by 7 am to determine if the event will be cancelled. Notification will either be by email or you can reach John Holcomb by phone at 617-512-3775 or Mickey Callahan at 508-954-1725.
You Can Still Help us Reach Our Goal for the Music Room! 
The Milford Youth Center is reaching out to YOU to help raise funds to build a music and multimedia music room! There is still time to donate!! We are requesting your support to help the Center reach our goal of raising $10,000! At our Telethon on August 19, 2017 we raised over $7,000!  There are many ways to still donate and we would like to thank those who already have! Any donation is appreciated and would go a long way to help this room come to fruition!

How to donate:

  1. VISIT NOW: bit.ly/donateMYC
  2. MAIL: You can mail us a donation to 24 Pearl St! Please make your check out to "Town of Milford- MYC"
  3.  E-MAIL: We understand that it is a busy time of year! If you are unable to make a donation now, email us at milfordyouthcenter@comcast.net and we will connect with you when there is a more convenient time!

For the "live" donation thermometer, with the list of all those who have donated so far, click here

MYC Thanks Community for Donations:

The Youth Center would like to extend a very appreciative thank you to the following people who donated items and/or their time this month to the Center:
    • Mike Volpe of ANP Bellingham Energy Company for the flowers to make our front entrance even more beautiful!
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    • United Way of Tri-County for donating "ready to read" materials to pass out to families at our community outreach event
    • Beverly Hart for donating a guitar for our music room and for miscellaneous craft supplies for the kids to use during arts & crafts
    • Sandy our board member for donating two guitars for our music room and a sewing machine for sewing class which will start up again this month
  • Anonymous donation of $750!
  • Milford Public Library for donating a multipurpose mobile cart
  • Milford Fire Department for helping us remove a ball that got stuck in the light during the after school program
  • The Anderson Family for donating a Wii U to our game room to replace our Wii that doesn't work consistently
  • The Milford Police Department for your weekly visits to interact and play with the after school kids!
We would also like to thank all the representatives from every school that attended a community outreach event in September at the Youth Center! We would like to especially thank Superintendent Kevin McIntyre and Assistant Superintendent Craig Consigli for organizing the event with Youth Center staff!
 
The Youth Center relies on donations to hep sustain our programs! Please contact the Center if you would like to donate! 
 
Teachers Driving Academy
2017 - 2018 Classes is Now Available!

We are accepting registrations for Teacher's Driving Academy for the 2017-2018 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! 

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, conference room and batting cages. 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!
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!

October 2, 2017
In This Issue
After School Program
YMYC Job Opportunities
MYC Kid's Play Group 0-5
MYC Halloween Party
MYC Snack Attack Program
Volunteer at the Milford Youth Center
Thank you Milford Summer Food Service Program
3rd annual "Help the Youth B-Ball Tournament
Millis Model Aircraft Club Fun Fly
You can still donate MYC Telethon
MYC Thanks Community for Donations
TDA
Rentals at MYC
Business AD Space at MYC

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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  works together with other community organizations to provide resources and opportunities for youth to make healthy decisions. The MYC works 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.

Milford Youth Center:  milfordyouthcenter@comcast.net
phone: 508.473.1756
web: http://milfordyouthcenter.net/