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April 2014
MYC Fundraiser Thank you's!

The Milford Youth Center staff and Commission would like to thank everyone who attended, donated, supported, and volunteered to make the fifth annual St. Pat's Fundraiser successful! 


The night included a dinner by Oliva's, raffle prizes/silent auction, music by DJ Ron Auger, and a cash bar. We also announced our 2014 Community and Individual Appreciation Awards. Tom Murray of Teacher's Driving Academy accepted the Community Appreciation Award. Tom and TDA decided a few years ago that they would allow every $70 registration fee for their driver's school to be made as a donation to the Center. For the 2013 year alone, TDA donated over $19,000 to the Center, proving to be the second largest annual donor to the Center, outside the United Way of Tri-County. The Individual Appreciation Award was presented to Selectman Brian Murray. About a year and half ago, we were sitting at the Center, preparing our Capital Improvement plan. As we were going through everything that the Center needed, to be safe and accessible, we quickly realized that the entire building needed to be done, and that this project would turn from a capital improvements to an entire renovation. Being unfamiliar with what to do next, Brian Murray quickly stepped up to take a look at the building and get the Town Building inspector over and realized too that there was no doubt that the building needed to be done over correctly. Over a year later, we have formed a Renovation Committee and was approved by Town Meeting for the funds for architectural work. We will be going to Town Meeting in May and understand that this process and progress would not have been possible without Brian, who was has been there every step of the way!


We would like to especially thank: Our after School volunteers (Christine Daddario, John Delude, Nancy Milani, Alison Julian, Eldon Dunbar, Peggy Berube, Jenny Gonzalez, Rob Kidder, Coach Bri, Warren Hubbard); Raffle Prizes from Hayes Photography, Inside Corner, Bolios Sporting Goods, Teacher's Driving Academy (TDA), Glen Ellen Country Club of Millis, Truffles Grille & Wine Bar, Burlington Coat Factory, Rivera Athletic Center, Midtown Family Fitness & Racquetball Club, Wanokura, Mark Berman (Bike), Karla De Jesus (Tupperware), Curry Audio & Video, Keene Limo of Hopedale, Oliva's Gourmet Gifts; And our event volunteers (Courtney Pitcher, Junior Walsh, Paul Seaver Jr.).


We would like to thank all those who made donations: JP Liquors, Dogfish Brewery, B & J Electric, Imperial Ford Corporation, Waters Corporation, Laura Kidman, Melissa Moylan, Shawn Smith, The Milford National Bank and Trust Company, Milford Federal Savings & Loan Association, Pizza Palace, Area Glass Co., Worldband, Gene's Variety, and KBK Sports. We would like to thank WMRC, the Town Crier, and the Milford Daily News for helping us with getting the word out about our event!

MYC After School Program
April Updates!
MYC Youth

We would like to welcome you and your family to the eighth 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, Movie Day, Karaoke,  and many other daily physical fitness activities/open gym. Click here for our full April Calendar! Check the schedule for hours during April Vacation!
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). 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: United Way of Tri-County, Teachers Driving Academy, Artie Morin, Christine Daddario, Bob Tremblay, and Marilia Bonorino. We would like to also thanks the MYC & JAG Youth that joined us at the Family Fun fair this year to help promote our programming. Click here for more photos! 
MYC March Madness Tourney Results!


Over 80 youth participated in a week long basketball tournament at the Youth Center as part of our 5th Annual MYC March Madness Competition! After 16 teams competed for the trophy, Team Oregon ended up as the championship team!  Nathaniel Davila, Steven Sutherland, Mikey De Jesus, and Bella Renaud made up the Oregon team! Nathaniel Davila was also selected at the MVP of the tournament. Youth also participated in a 3 point contest and the winner of that was Mina Shehata. Finally, youth competed in a dunk contest and Steven Sutherland was the champion!

For the first year, we asked the community to sponsor the teams, in order to get each participant a t-shirt. We had an overwhelming response and would like to thank our 2014 sponsors:

1. Paul Tamagni Financial Planner Baystate Financial
2. Community Impact Inc.
3. Stramer Law Office
4. Senator Richard Moore
5. Bolio's Sporting Goods
6. Troopers
7. Miss Mendon Diners
8. Imperial Cars
9. Isabels
10. Riverside Community Care
11. Town Crier
12. Law Office of James Wittorff
13. Jay DiAntonio Youth Fund
14. Greater Milford Community Chorus
15. Committee to Elect Joe Callery
16. Pandora's Box
17. Sal's Pizza


For more photos of tournament, click here. Check out a video of the winning dunk!
MYC Summer Camp Info Now Available! 

Milford Youth Center Summer Camp registration is now open! Activities include weekly field trips and fun in-town activities! Some trips include Canobie Lake Park, Basketball Hall of Fame, Ice-skating, Pinz Entertainment, Water Wizz, Captain John Whale Watching, Boston Trip (Senate House Tour, etc.), and Onset Beach! In-town activities include Fino Pool, the Town Park, and activities at the Center!


Camp will start Monday, July 7th. Camp will run from 8 am-4 pm for $135 per week or $40 per day. There is an extended day option from 4-5 pm for an extra $10 per day.  All payments are due the Monday of the camp week attending. Applications need to be returned to Youth Center as soon as possible in order to reserve a spot! For registration form, click here. For weekly schedule here.


If there are any local businesses or organizations that would like to sponsor a camper this summer please contact the Center! Every year we receive donations that help make camp available for local youth in need! It is possible to sponsor an individual camper or a family! Please contact us if you would like to participate!


All trips are subject to change due to weather and/or unforeseen issues. Campers must bring bathing suit, towel, Sunscreen, sneakers, socks, water bottle, snacks, and a lunch every day to camp! Camp-t-shirts must be worn on Monday field trips!


For more information:

"Connecting the Pieces"

Please join us at our FREE 2nd Annual Networking Breakfast scheduled on Wednesday, April 9, 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.    


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 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, Interface, Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, CHNA 6, and to collectively explore existing and new resources for clients and families we all serve.  


If you plan to attend, please RSVP at by THIS FRIDAY, April 4th! 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.
Youth Fashion Show!


Join us for an informational and sign-up meeting for our 5th Annual "Dressed Up, Not Messed Up" Fashion Show!


The meeting is Thursday, May 1st at 7:00 pm at the Milford Youth Center. Please bring the bottom of this permission form and a filled out photo release form to the meeting.

At the meeting, youth and their families will sign up for hair and/or make-up and outfit times at T.J. Maxx of Milford. The date of the fashion show is Saturday, May 17th at 6 PM.


The theme of our show for the fifth year will be "Dressed Up, Not Messed Up". 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.  Each year the show gets better and better, with more youth participating and community involvement!  Click here for photos from last years show! 

If you have any questions, please contact

Adult Open Gym Ends this Month!

The Milford Youth Center will host only four more nights of adult open gym on Thursday Nights! All adults can enjoy basketball and volleyball from 7:30-9:00 PM. 


All participants will be charged $5 each time. Adult Open Gym will end 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.

Teachers Driving Academy
 2013-2014 Classes!

2014 classroom schedule for the Milford TDA is available here. You can find more information and the registration form when you click on the link! 


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!     

Support our MYC & JAG
Relay for Life Team!

The JAG Youth Council and Milford Youth Center has signed up to participate in the Relay for Life of Greater Milford for the second year in a row! 


The JAG Youth Council decided that they wanted to participate in Milford's Relay for Life on May 9th to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. Relay teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around the high school. Relay events are up to 24 hours in length and, because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times. To donate to the MYC & JAG team, click here. To see photos from last year's event, click here 

ZUMBA at the Youth Center!

The Milford Youth Center now offers Zumba Fitness (r), the most fun and effective workout, ever! 


Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm for the month of April!


$5 drop in fee, No registration required. Just walk in and party your self into shape with instructor Marilia Bonorino





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MYC's Fundraiser Thank you's
MYC After School program
MYC March Madness Results!
Networking Breakfast
MYC Open Gym
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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.