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December 2011

Milford Youth Center

Jingle Bell Jamobree & December Calendar  

MYC Youth 

Stay warm with Holiday crafts, snacks, music and pictures with santa before the annual Santa Parade!


Join us on Sunday, December 4th from 2-4 PM for the Milford Youth Center's 3rd Annual Jingle Bell Jamboree! The event will be $3 per person or $10 per family. All proceeds go towards youth programs and events at the Milford Youth Center.


If you would like to have a table or craft activity at the event please call 508-473-1756.

For more information and flier, please click here. If you are walking or on our float for the Santa Parade please meet us at the Friendly's parking lot at 3:30 on Sunday.

The After School program is open from after school till 6pm, Monday thru Friday and from 10am till 5pm on half days.


Our game room is open with pool, foosball, air hockey and WII Entertainment. Homework room is running and the gym is active with soccer, football, basketball, ping pong, 4 -Square and volleyball. Click here for our December calendar.

Donate a gift this Holiday season

for a child in need! 

Brianna Braza handing out bracelets  

Please consider donating a gift for a child in need! The Milford Youth Center is collaborating with the Milford Salvation Army this holiday season to collect as many gifts as possible!


We are accepting unwrapped gifts for girls and boys (newborn to age 12). The Salvation Army is especially looking for gifts for youth, ages 10-12. 


We are accepting gifts at our Jingle Bell Jamboree on December 4th and from now until December 14th during the After School program!

Next JAG Meeting and Guest Speaker


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Please join us at our next JAG meeting on December 7th from 9-10:30am at the Milford Police Station!

We will be having guest speaker, Mayra Rodriguez-Howard, the Director of Youth Ambassadors at South Boston Community Health Center and Institute for Healthy Communities. In South Boston, The Institute for a Healthier Community is a local organization that responded to teens in the community who voiced a need for art programs and community service projects to support creative and civic interests. 

Come hear how Developmental Assets are put into action! All are welcome!

For more information please contact Amy Leone

Over 100 youth and families attend Thanksgiving Dinner and Youth Dance event!


JAG logoOver 100 youth attended the third "Find Yourself Friday" youth event of the new school year! This event was held at the Milford Youth Center on Friday, November 18th from 6:30 - 9:30 PM and included music, dancing, games and a special Thanksgiving Dinner!


Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the event including The Juvenile Advocacy Group, JAG Youth Council, the Milford Youth Center, CHNA-6, United Way of Tri-County, Hannafords of Milford, 495 Rental, Bugaboo Creek of Milford, Subway of Milford, Gene's Variety, Sams Club of Worcester,  Milford High School Art Honor Society and National Honor Society and to the many volunteers!


For more information, please click here

If you would like to volunteer at the next event, scheduled for Friday, January 27th , please contact Youth Council Coordinator Jen Ward at 

jenward24@gmail.com or 508-473-1756.

Milford Youth Making Holiday Crafts

for Youth in the Dominican Republic!   

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Youth from the Milford Youth Center created Holiday crafts to be given to youth in the Boca Chica Region of the Dominican Republic! These gifts will be brought to the Dominican Republic next week, as part of a cultural exchange, where Dominican youth will in return make gifts for the Milford Youth who participated!


The crafts will be distributed with the sneakers that the JAG Youth Council and Milford Youth Center collected back in September at the first "Find Yourself Friday" Youth Event of the school year. The youth were able to collect over 100 pairs of sneakers. Due to the generosity of Milford youth and their families over 100 Dominican children will be able to enjoy a new or gently used pair of sneakers and a holiday craft!


We will be making more crafts to be sent over at the Jingle Bell Jamboree this Sunday at the Youth Center if you would still like to participate! We would also like to thank the Hockomock YMCA for donating t-shirts to be given out!

Milford Play Initiative Updates


JAG logoThe front end loader (image to the left) has been sold to the Slattery family in memory of James "Slatts" Slattery. A plaque will be put on the loader in his memory! If you are interested in purchasing a playground item in support of the Milford Playground to be built at Fino Field please email Tamara Palmer.

The next Milford Play Initiative meeting on Monday, December 19th at 1PM at the Milford Town Library.


Click here to see recent article about the initiative.  


YMCA Healthy Futures Initiative


JAG logoThere are some great ways to support the Hockomock YMCA Healthy Futures Initiatives! Make your way to Whole Foods in Bellingham on December 5th to take part in 5% Day. 5% of all sales will benefit this initiative! There are also activities scheduled thoughout the day on December 5th:


10 AM: Art, Book, Cook ages 2-5

10:30 AM: Itty Bitty Chef ages 2-4

11:00 AM: Munchkin Craft ages 2-5

11:30 AM: Mommy & Me Music ages 1-4

Activities from 10 - 12 PM are free but require registration. Email LaurenM@hockymca.org to reserve a spot!

12 - 2 PM: Convenience meets health - bring in your grocery list and we will shop while you enjoy lunch from the prepared foods department. Free * You must purchase your own lunch.

6 -8 PM: Elegant Evening with Ming Tsai

* Features massage therapists, healers, make-overs, wine and cheese tastings, and an appearance by Ming Tsai to sign his books.

For more information, click here.   

The next Healthy Futures Milford Task Force Meeting is scheduled for January 10th. For more information, click here.  

Y.O.U., Inc.

Education for Employment Program


JAG logoIf you are a youth, age 16-21, who has officially withdrawn from school, Y.O.U., Inc.'s Education for Employment program may be for you.  The Education for Employment program provides GED preparation, life skills and pro-social skills training, career assessment, and job training and placement assistance. In order to participate in this free program, youth must fit ONE of the following requirements:


1.       Considered economically disadvantaged

2.       Receiving assistance (SSI, SSDI, TAFDC, etc.)

3.       Have a current I.E.P. (Individual Education Program) or one from a previous school

For more information, please click here.  


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

Community Calendar 


    Visit our community calendar at http://jagnetwork.org/calendar for more local community events.


    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 Jennifer Ward at jenward24@gmail.com
December 1, 2011
In This Issue
Jingle Bell Jamboree & Calendar
Salvation Army Collection
JAG Meeting
Thanksgiving Event a Success
Dominican Republic crafts
Milford Play Initiative
YMCA Healthy Futures
Y.O.U. Inc.
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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.

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