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March 2015
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MYC's Annual St. Pat's Fundraiser! 


Get your tickets today!!! The Milford Youth Center will host its sixth annual St. Pat's Fundraiser on Saturday, March 21st!!!


We consider this years fundraising efforts to be particularly important, due to our transition to the temporary location for the duration of our renovation! Although we still are able to run our after school program, we are unable to hold rentals during the evening hours, a good source of raising money for the Center. It's due to the generosity of local businesses, organizations and individuals that we are able to continue to offer free after school programming, an affordable summer camp, and provide a safe and fun environment for the youth of Milford!


Due to the renovation, the fundraiser will be held at the Marchegiano Club  and will be from 7 pm-midnight. The event will have a cash bar, music, community awards, and appetizers! Tickets are $20/person and available at the Center or you can print this form and mail us to our 27 Congress St. address.  

 MYC thanks Community for Donations! 


We would like to extend a huge thank you to the numerous businesses and individuals that have already contributed to our annual St. Pat's Fundraiser: Marchegiano Club,  TJ MAXX, Point of Healing, Pizza Palace, Point of Healing Acupuncture LLC, Golds Gym, LaRose Muscular Therapy, Carolyn Cooney & Associates, Mother Hubbard Preschool, Community Impact Inc, Ultimate Tanning, Milford Dance Center, The Larkin Company, Realtors and the Law Office of John T. Zogby, Kevin Tagliaferri, Attorney at Law, Signs Plus of Milford, Milford Federal SVGS & LN ASSN, Old Time Auto Sales, Inc., New England Decks and Floors Inc., Crown Electric Supply Co., Inc., Milford Hardwood Floors, Inc., and Guerriere & Halnon, Inc.,  and Daniele Sarkisian. We would like the Town Crier and Milford TV for posting our event to help spread the word!


Please contact the Center at 508-473-1756 or email us here if your business, company, or organization would like to make a donation and/or would like to offer a raffle prize! 

 MYC After School Program


We would like to welcome you to the month of March 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 - for update, click here)! 


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 Trivia with Alithe JAG Youth Council, Milford TV training,  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 March Calendar! * Reminder: The MYC After School program will be closed, if the schools are closed due to weather. * All participants must fill out a registration form to be a member. 

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. Please contact us if you would like to volunteer and print, sign, and return this form to the Center! We would like to thank After School volunteers: Peggy Berube, John Delude, Sophia Spelakos and James Chakalos. Finally we would like to thank the Meadows Family for generously donating a cotton candy machine to the Center!

 Thank you Milford Highway Department!


We all have experienced a tough winter this year but we are trying to make the best of it at the MYC! Thank you to the Highway Department, who regularly plows the Youth Center out after storms, the MYC was able to host a snow fight for the After School program! 


In addition, the Milford Highway Department reached out to the community for

volunteers to help with the numerous calls they have been receiving, in concern to helping out seniors with shoveling. The MYC has a long-term goal to create a shoveling program for the seniors, as part of our leadership program, so we were excited to help out! We support and look for ways to collaborate with multigenerational services. These types of programs help link generations and build more sustainable communities!

 MYC Receives CHNA-6 Grant!


We are excited to announce that the Milford Youth Center received a Community Partners for Health (CHNA-6) grant to start our MYC "Generations" program! Our proposed project was to create a multigenerational fitness and nutritional program at the Milford Youth Center that will fall under the CHNA 6 priority area of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The goal of this priority area is to create healthier communities and prevent chronic disease by improving nutrition and increasing physical activity. We believe that this program will address this goal by providing a space, program, and training to the Milford community.

The idea is to create a program to address this issue stems from a long-term goal/strategic planning of the Center and from a set of PACE equipment that was donated by Midtown Family Fitness & Racquetball Club of Milford last year! PACE stands for "Programmed Accommodating Circuit Exercise." PACE is the world's first hydraulic circuit training program, the matches the speed and force of the user, allowing any user, at any fitness level, to achieve results. For this reason, this type of program and equipment is suggested and recommended for both seniors and youth alike, and why we choose to create a program that will target members who utilize the Senior Center and our After School program! The goal of this program is to see youth and seniors working out together, for the common goal of improving their health, while also creating meaningful relationships and comradery! We hope to have this program up and running, once the Renovation is complete!

Thank you CHNA-6 for awarding us this grant and supporting the Milford Youth Center! We will be able to purchase a new treadmill and elliptical due to this grant! More about this program will be available at a later date! Check out this Milford Daily News article about the grant!

Teachers Driving Academy
 2015 Classes!

We are accepting registrations for Teacher's Driving Academy for the 2015 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 the Milford Youth Center as a donation from the TDA. We are very grateful for this collaboration and support!     

JAG Meeting & Updates!

The adult  JAG Coalition will have its seventh meeting on Wed., March 4th, at 8:45 am, at the Milford Police Station Training room. We would like to thank the Office of District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr. for conducting a free QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention for the JAG community! Ten JAG Youth Council and Milford Youth Center After School members will be attending "A Student Wellness Conference: Promoting Good Decision-Making & Positive Choices," presented by the Office of District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr. on Thursday, March 5th! 


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

Register TODAY for 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 attend  a FREE 3rd annual mental health networking breakfast scheduled on Wednesday, April 1st from 8:30-11:30 am at the Doubletree Hotel in Milford. To register for event, please click here!


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.


Please feel free to pass this onto others you feel would benefit from our event (click here for letter to print/share). 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.

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 third year in a row! 


The JAG Youth Council decided that they wanted to participate in Milford's Relay for Life on May 16th 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.  

Save the Date: United Way of Tri-County
2015 Recognition Event

On Thursday April 9th, the United Way of Tri-County will host their annual Recognition Event Breakfast! The event will be held at the Sheraton Framingham, from 7:30 am - 9:30 am. At the event, the United Way of Tri-County honors several volunteers, partners, programs, and supporters, as well as providing a breakfast and Keynote Speaker, Liz Murray.


Members of the Milford Youth Center annually attend this event to show our gratitude for the years or support from the United Way of Tri-County! We would not be able to accomplish everything we do without their continued confidence and support! For more information of event and to purchase tickets, click here

Community Impact Inc. & Prana Recovery Partner for Program

Community Impact, Inc & Prana Recovery Centers will be collaborating to provide individual and group therapy for ten to twelve chemically dependent adult males in the Greater Milford Area with the goal of sustaining sobriety from drugs and alcohol for the following six month period. The program teaches emotional, cognitive, and behavioral skills based in modern neuropsychology, resiliency, and the twelve steps of recovery including habits of mind and body, principles of wellness, and the science of happiness. Weekly and monthly group sessions cover topics such as relapse prevention, increasing social capital, mindfulness, exercise, nutrition, and yoga. Topics are embedded in experiential emotional, cognitive, and behavioral exercises that lead to skillfulness in order to build capacity to better handle difficult emotions and to maintain long -term sobriety.



Date(s)/Duration of Program: 95 hour treatment program that covers 16 weeks.

Starting: March 9th - June 27th

Meetings are twice a week on Monday & Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm -9:30pm and five Saturdays from 8:30am - 11:30am

For further information or to get involved please e-mail Kelly at

For more information, click here. We would also like to thank CHNA-6 for awarding us a grant to support this program!

Rejuvenate, Relax, Renew for Recovery

Join the Breathe Wellness Yoga Studio, located at 162 Cook Lane in Marlboro, on Saturday, May 9th, from 1-5 PM, to benefit Prana Recovery Centers. 

  • 3 Yoga Classes to Choose From: Beginner, Restorative, & Active 
  • Chair Massage, Reiki, Acupuncture, Guided Meditation, and Raffles
  • Only $30.00 per person for a fun filled afternoon of fellowship for a great cause!
  • To purchase your ticket go online at and sign up for Breathe Wellness Yoga Studio event.  
  • Maximum 30 people
  • Snacks & refreshments provided
Proceeds go to support Prana Recovery Centers, a relapse prevention program that approaches addiction with a fresh perspective, backed by scientific research, combined with ancient wisdom.
Community Impact Inc. Offers Social Skills Group

Are you interested in having your child involved in a social skills group? Community Impact and our newest program, The Whole Child Integrated Center, is looking for elementary age boys and girls who are uncomfortable, obstinate, impulsive, misjudged, integrated and sometimes acts inappropriate. Participants will learn, practice & improve the skills of:
conversation, cooperation, friendship, empathy, emotional regulation, and conflict management. If you are interested in learning more about our UPCOMING program please email us at:


Community Impact is a counseling and wellness center whose mission is to facilitate change for the whole person, family and the community. We are proud to join forces with the The Whole Child Integrated Wellness Center to develop programming for younger children.The Whole Child Integrated Wellness Center includes a strong group of talented professionals including OT, PT, SLP, ADHD coach, BCBA, mental health therapists, yoga instructors, educators, physical education and art teachers. The goal is to look at the "whole child" as our client ages 3-10 and draw from our group of specialist based on the specific needs of the child and their families. 

Young Parents Support Group

Are you a young or new parent between the ages of 17-24?
Do you have questions or concerns about being a parent? Would you like someone to talk to?


If you answered yes to any of these questions, come check out this group! TEMPO will be hosting a young adult parent support group for young adult parents ages, 17-24. The support group will meet Wednesdays (beginning March 11th- April 15th) from 6:00-7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Shanesha at 508-879-1424. This program is funded by: Wayside Youth & Family Support Network in collaboration with The United Way of Tri-County.

Prom Dress Sale

Shop a variety of gently worn semi-formal and formal dresses for a $25 donation or less! This event will be held on Saturday, March 14th, from 9 am-2 pm at the Blackstone Public Library!


Fitting rooms will be available. All donations will go to the Blackstone Public Library's gift and grant account. Cash only, please. Dresses are sold as is. The library is not responsible for washing or dry-cleaning any items. If you have a gown you would like to donate, please contact Tressy at 508-883-1931 or email Dresses can be dropped off at the library during normal business hours. Matching accessories including shoes and purses are also welcome. 

          Celebrating Women in Recovery:               A Vision for Success

Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. will host its 2015 Women's Services Conference on Friday, April 10th! This biennial conference will be held at the Double Tree Hotel in Westborough, Ma., and is open to all interested professionals, community members, consumers, and their families. For more information, agenda, and to register, click here

Milford Family & Community Network Programs


The Milford Family & Community Network has a bunch of new program being offered! Please call the office at 508-634-2356 to register for all programs.


Little Feat Movement Program - This is a fun and interactive 4-week program for children from 3 to 4 years old and their caregiver(s) on Saturdays from 9:30 to 10:30 am in the Shining Star Gym starting March 7, 2015.  


Nurturing a Reader; Waddle, Snuggle, Read! - This is  a 4-week group for children from 7 to 17 months and their caregivers from 10:00 to 11:30 am on Tuesdays, starting March 10th, 2015, in our Playcenter.



    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
March 2, 2015
In This Issue
MYC's Annual St. Pat's Fundraiser!
MYC thanks Community for Donations
MYC After School Program Update
Thank you Milford Highway Department
MYC Receives CHNA-6 Grant!
JAG Meeting
Networking Breakfast
MYC/JAG Relay for Life Team!
United Way of Tri-County 2015 Recognition Event.
Community Impact Inc. & Prana Recovery
Rejuvenate, Relax, Renew for Recovery
Social Skills Group
Young Parents Support Group
Prom Dress Sale
Celebrating Women in Recovery
Milford FCN programs

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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.