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December 2012
4th Annual Jingle Bell Jamboree
and Santa Parade a huge success!
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The Milford Youth Center would like to thank all the volunteers and organizations that made our fourth annual Jingle Bell Jamboree and Santa Parade float a success!


Over 100 families enjoyed pictures with Santa, a jumpy, arts & crafts, face painting and snacks. 


We would like to specifically thank Sacred Heart Church of Hopedale, MHS National Art Society, Relay for Life of Milford, Boy Scout Troop 18, Milford PTO, Milford Girls Scouts, 

DJ Mike Rutkowski, Romey Connolly, the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Milford, Tony Denietolis, Christine Daddario, Alden Dunbar, Jackie Morales, Jason Renaud,  and all the volunteers from the Milford Youth Center and JAG. A special thanks to Arts Towing for letting us use their truck and drove our float!


For more photos of event and parade, please click here. The Milford Youth Center will be emailing everyone by the end of the week with the link to their pictures with Santa! 


We are still collecting gifts for the Milford Salvation Army this holiday season. Please consider donating a gift anytime during the after school program between 2-6 PM in the lobby area!

MYC After School Program

MYC Youth The Milford Youth Center's After School Program is seeing over 100 youth each day! Youth must bring a filled out and signed registration form in order to attend the Center. Click here for the December calendar. 


The Youth Center offers a variety of free services for local youths, ages 8-18. The Milford Youth Center houses a gym, game room, computer room and lounge.

If you would like to volunteer or run a program  during the after school program please call or email the Director.

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! Click here for more information.
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: Gisela Flamenco for teaching Zumba classes during the after school program, Linda Hertz, United Way of Tri-County, Teachers Driving Academy, Milford National Bank, Benny Pinto and Stanley Brown. 
First "MYC Youth Got Game" Sports Night and Training Combine!

Local youth attended the first "MYC Youth Got Game" Sports Night and Training Combine on Friday, November 16th from 6:30-9:00 PM at the Milford Youth Center! This event celebrated the importance of physical activity and sports! Elena Pirozhkova, USA Olympic Wrestler, attended the event and started the night off with a motivational speech. Following Elena, Liane Blyn, power lifting national and world champion, welcomed the youth and began the Training Combine, with her staff from Athletic Based Training. All youth competed in a 40 yard dash, vertical jump, and pushup & sit-up competition! All participants received a t-shirt and the winners of each age group were awarded trophies! 

The Milford Youth Center and JAG Youth Council were awarded a grant last June, after youth began to recognize that many of their peers at the MYC are unable to afford the cost of school sports. The JAG Youth Council wanted to offer an alternative source of exercise and a resource through which young people can develop athletic skills. By coordinating seasonal sporting events in which young people pay a small fee to participate, this team will create a scholarship program to fund one male and one female per season to play the sport of his/her choice and/or create an annual scholarship to a graduating senior who has utilized the Youth Center. The event will also offer young people at the Milford Youth Center a safe environment to hone their individual talents, learn, and play.  


This event was made possible by the Milford Rotary Club and United Way of Tri-County's Youth Venture Program! Thank you to the numerous volunteers, especially from Athletic Based Training and Milford High School CARE! Thank you Rivera Athletic Center and Milford Dance Center for their generous donation to our raffle prizes as well. Thank you Gisela Flamenco from Zumba, John Benedict from You Inc., Jessica Friswell from United Way of Tri-County, and Ron Auger for all your help! Finally, thank you to the youth of the Milford Youth Center and the JAG Youth Council!


For more pictures of the event, please click here

JAG Meeting

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Please join us for our next JAG meeting on Wednesday December 5th at 8:45am at the Milford Police Station Training Room. 

This year we have asked the  Mendon/Upton Schools and various community organizations to join us at our monthly meetings to begin the collaboration of our efforts and reducing the risk factors among the adolescents int he Greater Milford area. This year the JAG group is creating an resource guide to help support parents in need of services for their adolescents and their families. WE hope to have this complete by the Fall of 2013. If you have any resources that have been helpful to you and your family or if you place of employment supplies a list of support services please feel  share this with Amy Leone at

Milford Youth Center 

Receives CHNA-6 Grant 

for Music Equipment!

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The Milford Youth Center would like to thank Community Partners for Health (CHNA 6) for awarding a mini-grant to support a music program at the Milford Youth Center.


This music program will not only be able to expand our current programming during the after-school program, but will also allow us to cut the cost for a DJ for our Find Yourself Friday youth events. The Milford Youth Center's 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. 


The Center is continuously looking for ways and funds to offer daily programs, from fitness to arts & crafts, to youth who sometimes cannot afford the same type of programming, outside the free after-school program. One of our more popular programs used be a music program that was run by a local musician and high school student, but unfortunately this program was forced to end when the volunteers could no longer commit their time or resources any longer. As a result, the youth were left without their music program and the Center was left without all the necessary equipment to play music at our monthly Find Yourself Friday events. This has forced the Center and JAG Youth Council to find ways to pay for outside DJ's for these events, an expense that we can no longer afford. With this grant we can become self-sufficient, and no longer have to rely on the equipment and expertise of others. Finally, with this equipment and programming, the youth and staff, themselves, will be able to gain the skills necessary to be our own DJ at the events!

MYC After School Thanksgiving Dinner! 

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The Milford Youth Center would like to thank T.G.I. Fridays, Acapulcos, Genes Variety, Charlies Pizza and Sandy Caproni for their generous donation of food for our After School Thanksgiving Dinner! Over 100 youth enjoyed a meal with their friends on November 20, 2012 at the Center! Thanks to the generosity of local individuals and businesses, the Milford Youth Center is able to continue to offer free after school programming and provide a safe and fun environment for the youth of Milford! 

Basketball Freethrow Competition

Please join in the fun with the Knights of Columbus annual Basketball Freethrow Competition!


FOR: Boys and Girls, ages 10-14 

When: Sat December 29th, 9-12 noon 

Where: Milford Youth Center 


Certificates awarded to the winners and they will then move on to the next stage of competition to be held in February. 


Contact Grand Knight Vinny Valastro at 508-634-3703 with any questions.  

Milford Play Initiative Updates!


The Milford Play Initiative's next meeting is December 17th at 1pm at Palmer Family Chiropractor 114 Water Street Milford, Ma 01757. 


The Milford Play Initiative has begun the challenge of fundraising and seeking grant applications to complete our project by the Spring of 2013. If you are interested in helping our group research grants, read over grant applications or even write grants please contact Amy Leone at


For more information and if you would like to get involved you may contact Tamara Palmer at

Noche Buena - Zumba Event!

Join Gisela Flamenco, Michele Webster and DJ Carlos, in celebrating the holiday season with a night of dance, friends and fun! 


When: December 21, 2012

Time: 7:30 - 9 PM 

Where: Milford Youth Center 

24 Pearl St, Milford, MA 

Cost: $10.00 in advance or at door 

Email: Gisela Flamenco

Truth Yoga Studio Now Open!

As our gift to you the practice of you! For the month of December Truth Yoga and Community Impact is offering free yoga classes! Limited space available so please call or email Traci Ward at Truth Yoga if you would like to begin your practice of yoga."


Free Classes for December:

Sunday: 7pm Pure Asana

Wednesday: 7pm Pure Asana

Friday9:30 am Stretch & Flow

Truth Yoga Studio - 211 Main Street in Milford, MA. 01757
iVision for Girls Update!


ABT and Community Impact Inc developed a new collaborative approach to a fitness program and group therapy for middle and high school adolescents, iVision for GirlsThis group is finishing up its first session over the next few weeks. The girls have enjoyed learning about the development of their self doubt and ways to change their thoughts about themselves regarding their self image and self esteem. We will have data of change of confidence following the completion of the group and we will be looking to run another session in January 2013. 

If you are interested in gaining more information or being involved in our next session please contact Amy Leone at This group is run at Athletic Based Training on Prospect Street in Milford, Ma. Facilitators are Amy Leone from Community Impact, Liane Blyn owner of ABT and intern Lexi Sells from Community Impact. 

Healthy Futures Milford 

Join Healthy Futures Coalition to promote healthy eating and active living in our community through programs, projects and policies. The next meeting is Tuesday December 18th from 10 - 11:30 at Shining Star.



Healthy Futures Milford recently had a plaque dedication on Friday, November 2nd at the Town Hall followed by a historic walk led by Evelyn Bon Tempo. Special thanks to Hannaford Supermarket, Lion's Club, Rotary Club, Scott Crisafulli, Carlo Molinari Concrete, Vincent Messina and the Garden Club, without whom we would not have been able to make the "Little Engine that Could" walking route come to life.

We encourage all Milford residents to take advance of the Milford Walking Map available online at under the recreation tab or to access our mobile video walking route maps by testing WALK1 to 88000.  

Join us for a Focus Group!

Are you between the ages of 15 and 24 and living in or around Milford? If so, we would love for you to be a part of a focus group about health care. We are seeking men and women to give information that will help us to identify health care needs in the region. 


The focus group will last for 30 minutes and will be held at Community Impact, located at 211 Main St., Room 3,  in Milford. Date TBD. 


Each participant will receive a $20 gift card and refreshments! 


To sign up, call Jen at 508-585-2250 (x258).



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    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
December 5, 2012
In This Issue
Jingle Bell Jamboree and Santa Parade
MYC After School program
MYC Youth Got Game and Combine
JAG Meeting
CHNA-6 Grant
MYC Thanksgiving
Basketball Freethrow Competition
Milford Play Initiative
Zumba Event
Truth Yoga
Ivision Update!
Healthy Futures Milford
Focus Group

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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.