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December 2014
 MYC After School Program


We would like to welcome you to the month of December for 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 a NBA 2K13 Wii Tournament, 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. Click here for our full December Calendar! We also welcome all MYC youth and families to join our float for the Santa Parade! If you would like to, please meet us at the Friendly's parking lot at 3:00 PM!

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!

 "Day of Caring" at the MYC!


We would like to thank you United Way of Tri-County, and especially Barbara LaGrenade, Director of Volunteerism, for organizing a "Day of Caring" at the Youth Center on November 20th!

We had over 15 volunteers from Ricoh USA of Milford help build a shed, landscape, and paint pieces of our float and skate park! Thank you also for playing basketball with our kids and providing hot chocolate and donuts! For more pictures, click here
 Thanksgiving Dinner at the MYC!!!


We would like to take the time to thank everyone who helped make our Thanksgiving Dinner for the After School program such a success!!! On Monday, November 24th, over 40 MYC members enjoyeed a full Turkey Dinner and desserts! We would like to especially thank all the JAG Youth Council members (and their families) for making the sides and desserts! Thank you Hannafords of Milford for donating a turkey and Miller's Ale House of Waterown for donating salad and dinner roles! Finally, we would like to thank one of our board members, Amy Tamagni for making the second turkey for the kids! For more pictures, click here


 Thanks from the MYC!


We would like to take the time to thank everyone who donated items and/or their time this month! First, we would like to thank Adrienne Currin of Planet Aid in Milford for helping find a bike for one of our well deserving volunteers!!! Thank you Nichole Repella for donating Rock Band and all the Wii accessories! The kids...and staff love it!!! Click here for a video of the kids playing! 

Thank you Michelle Cruz and CVS Caremark for donating filing cabinets to the Center! These will come to good use once we return to the Armory! Finally, thank you Jon Capece and WorldBand for getting our WiFi up and running at the new location! 


 MYC Giving Tree! 


The Center is always looking for ways to help out and get involved in the community, especially during the Holiday Season! You can get involved too! 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. You can also fill out this online form and we will get in touch with you ASAP! We would like to have all gifts due back to the Center by December 19th!

 ALS Holiday Dinner Fundraiser!


Join and support the Milford Youth Center and Hoop Crew, LLC in their efforts to raise money and awareness for Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) on Saturday, December 20th from 7:00 pm - 12:00am. 


In coordination with the 2nd Annual FIGHT ALS Youth Holiday Showdown, presented by Hoop Crew, LLC, will be this great event held in the memory of former MYC Chairman, Paul "Wally" Seaver. There will be raffles/silent auctions/music/beer and wine bar/food will be catered by Lou Piazza and Olvia's! Tickets are $40 each and those interested in attending can RSVP ahead of time. Tickets will also be sold at the door. The event will be held at the Hoboken Club, located at 252 Central St. 


For more information, please contact either Paul Seaver. Click here for RSVP  form and flier. 


JAG Meeting!

The adult  JAG Coalition will have its fourth meeting of the year on Wed., December 3rd, at 8:45 am, at the Milford Police Station Training room. Thank you Madi Proper and Julia Kidman, JAG Youth Council members, for joining us last meeting! Please bring a donation for the "Gala of Trees" Fundraiser to the meeting (see more info below)!


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

Gala of Trees Fundraiser!

The Milford Youth Center and JAG were recently contacted by the Milford Junior Women's Club to take part in a the fundraising event "Gala of Trees". This event will showcase an array of decorated trees that will be raffled off the second weekend of December.  The proceeds from this event will benefit a local little girl, Lily Ann whose been diagnosed with Goldenhar and Vacterl Syndrome.  You can learn more about Lily Ann by joining her Facebook page (Smiles for Lily/FB).


For the last couple weeks, our JAG Youth Council members have been working to create a Disney Themed Tree for the event. 


We are asking for all of you from the JAG coalition to help support this event and our Youth Council by bringing:

  • Monetary donation to purchase supplies, 
  • New or used Disney themed ornaments
  • Red Ball ornaments
  • Gift card to Fabric Store
  • Christmas Lights

to the next JAG meeting on December 3rd. If you are unable to attend the meeting but would still like to help out please feel free to drop items off at either Community Impact Inc. or the Milford Youth Center.


We have attached the flier we received for your reference as well as if other organizations wanted to get involved! 
SAVE THE DATE: Networking Breakfast!

The Juvenile Advocacy Group (JAG) has continued to work, for the past eight 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, over 200 local providers attended our 2nd Annual Networking Breakfast supported by Milford Regional Medical Center's Patient Family Advocacy Committee's (PFAC) Mental Health Subcommittee and the Center for Adolescent and Youth Adult Health, to collectively explore existing and new resources for the clients and families we serve.


We would like to invite all Greater Milford Area Providers to save the date and attend a FREE 3rd annual mental health networking breakfast scheduled on Wednesday, April 1st from 8:30-11:30am at the Doubletree Hotel in Milford.


This year we intend to take the next step in collaborating with all of the community providers making everyone part of the TEAM. Our goal of this year's breakfast is for all participants to learn who are the individuals, organizations, resources and agencies in the room and what can they do for you and those who you serve.


More information on the breakfast, including the agenda, will be forthcoming over the next few months. In the mean time, please feel free to pass this onto others you feel would benefit from our event. We look forward to seeing 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.

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!     

Ahimsa Yoga Studio Classes!

Ahimsa Yoga Studio is offering new classes for the month of 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 


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 211 Main St. in Milford, Ma.  

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 up until February 19th. To register, visit
or call 508-422-0242, ex 1. For flier, click here. If anyone is interested in participating in an anxiety group and/or the second session of DBT for teens, for January, please contact Amy Leone
GPS-MA Central: Winter Programs in Milford! 

Check out the programs that Global Premier Soccer are running in the area of Milford! The programs that will be running are GPS Juniors and the Early Development Program. The GPS Juniors program teaches the FUNdamentals of soccer using a fun and energetic curriculum that has been tailored to work with children aged 3-6. The Early Development "EDP" is tailor made to harness the potential of aspiring 1st and 2nd graders who have a key passion for soccer. The program will offer increased contact time focused on player's development, in a fun and learning environment. For more program details, click here for the flier. For More Information, you may also contact Dan Rhodes or at 781-742-3308. 

International Students at Milford High School

Host a family with gphomestay: an educational services provider that specializes in facilitating homestays for international students attending high schools across the country!


We've partnered with Milford High School to set up a homestay program for a group of Chinese high school students who have come to study for the school year. A few of our students are still in need of hosts. For information, click here




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December 1, 2014
In This Issue
MYC After School Program Update
Day of Caring
MYC Thanksgiving
MYC Thank you's
MYC Giving Tree
ALS Holiday Dinner Fundraiser!
Gala of Trees Fundraiser!
Networking Breakfast
Ahimsa Yoga Studio
A Women's Way
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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.