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October 2012
MYC After School Program

MYC Youth The Milford Youth Center's After School Program is up and running! The Center will be open from 2pm-6pm  Youth must bring a filled out and signed registration form in order to attend the Center. Click here for the October calendar. The Youth Center will be hosting a Halloween dance and fundraiser on Friday October 26th. More information soon!


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 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 Henry Morrison for running Taekwondo, Luis for running Kung Fu, Hannafords of Milford, United Way of Tri-County, Teachers Driving Academy, and donations from Brian Brogioli, Bill Hannon and Sacred Heart Church of Hopedale!

JAG Meeting 

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Please join us at our next JAG meeting on Wednesday, October 10th from 8:45-10 AM at the Milford Police Station.  We will be discussing CHNA grant application ideas, creation of the brochure for families regarding resources JAG has to offer, and the anticipated collaboration with Stacy and Middle School East PBIS team to incorporate developmental assets. 

All JAG members please consider donating new or gently used sneakers for the JAG Youth Council and Milford Youth Center collection for youth in the Dominican Republic. Please bring the sneakers to the meeting!  

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Leone at
Milford Road Race a success!


The 5th annual  Day for Play Road Race was one of the most successful race we've had overall. The amount raised is still being determined with new donations still arriving!


The group has chosen to work with Kompan for the building and design of our playground. 

If you are interested in being part of Milford's newest play space please contact Amy Leone at or attend our next meeting on October 15th at 1 pm at the Milford Town Library Children's Room.
First Find Yourself Friday
Event a Success!!

Over 130 youth attended the first Find Yourself Friday youth event of the school year on Friday, September 28th from 6:30 - 9:00 PM at the Milford Youth Center! The event included a DJ, music, basketball jumps, sumo suits, games and food & beverages for sale. Click here for pictures of event!


For the 3rd year in a row the Center collected gently used and new sneakers to be sent over and handed out by volunteers in December for youth in need in the Dominican Republic. We would like to thank the volunteers and organizations that helped make the night a sucesss: Joe Graziano, Gabbie Graziano, Jenny Medina, Jeanne McGrath, Tyler Liverpoole, Wesley Dumas, Mitchell Mazur, Lisa Bacchiocchi, Justin bar, members of the Milford National Art Society and the JAG Youth Council, Hannafords of Milford and Taylor Rental of Norfolk! 

Find Yourself Fridays is a o
nce-per-month event held at the Milford Youth Center on a Friday night. This event gives youth a safe environment to be with their peers and enjoy music, dancing, games and healthy snacks. Find Yourself Friday's mission is to create a healthy, fun and educational environment for our youth while offering them an opportunity to improve their community. Members of the JAG Youth Council meet weekly to develop monthly themes based on what they feel is an important issue facing the community and give a portion of the money collected to the cause of the month.
Find Yourself Fridays have been an enormous success over the last year and half, with over 150 youth attending each month and donating to various charities. Some of these include: Milford Housing Authority, Cell Phones for Soldiers, Best Buddies , Compassionate Care ALS, Kony 2012, Anti-Bullying, Milford Play Initiative, Milford Daily Bread Food Pantry, a sneaker collection for youth in the Dominican Republic and finally for JAG members to attend a Youth Venture Leadership Summit.

These events are not possible without the help of adults in our community. The next two dates are Friday October 26th and November 30th if you are able to help out with even just one event (hours 6-9) please contact Jen Ward or Amy Leone
My Little Grain of Sand III
Sneaker Collection and Event!

Last year over 100 youth were given sneakers with an outfit as a holiday gift, due to the generosity of so many local families. This year we are looking to collect over 200 pairs! We will be collecting new or gently used sneakers (and shoes and sandals) for youth of the Los Cocos region of Boca Chica in the Dominican Republic starting now and culminating on Saturday, October 6th at "Mi Granito de Arena III - My little Grain of Sand III" event being held at the Milford Youth Center from 6-9 PM. You can drop off shoes during the after-school program between 2:15-6PM (Mon-Fri) or at the event. For flier, click here.  


Rev. Jose Medina of Framingham, accompanied by his family, and Christine Daddario and Jen Ward, of Milford, will return to the Dominican Republic in December to distribute the sneakers! The group is looking to finish the creation of an educational center in the region of Los Cocos -Boca Chica. In addition to the sneakers, we are also collecting 

textbooks, school supplies, book bags, used/new sewing machines and used computers. If you have any questions please contact Rev Jose Medina.
Truth Yoga Studio!

Finding the truth within yourself is joining the team at Community Impact in November 2012. Amy Leone, owner of Community Impact states " adding the element of Yoga to a company which focuses on facilitating change for individuals and families will increase the well being and inner strength of additional community members with the tools they need to help keep a peaceful mind and a balance life through their yoga practice."


Tracy Ward, owner of Truth Yoga Studio feels a deep connection to the the services available through Community Impact. She states "Its safe to say my childhood wasn't that much of a conventional one. My parents were divorced when I was two. My dad was an infamous "tough guy" and an alcoholic. I witnessed things at such an early age that lead me to build a wall around myself for many years. I surrounded myself with kids like me, making bad decisions and experienced years of self destruction. Then I was lucky enough to find my solace with the practice of Yoga."


For Tracy her journey started when she was 19. She recalls feeling intimidated by her first beginners yoga class. She admits that it took her time to allow herself to be free of insecurity, letting go of her self-doubt and explore all the beautiful facets Yoga had to offer. Twenty years later she still feels like that new student walking into the door for the first time. It keeps her humble and an equal with her class members.


Truth Yoga Studio practices prana (breath) meditation and asanas (postures). It is our goal that through your practice here you are able to release years of self-doubt and learn the importance of self discovery.  Throughout our classes you will become mindful of the present moment, letting go of the past and there outcomes. Reprograming your mind and body to just BE.


Truth Yoga Studio is excited to be part of the Milford community. We hope to shed our experiences through our teachings and offering each student to live in the present moment and give you the freedom to find your individual truth through the practice of Yoga. 


iVision for Girls


Athletic Based Training (ABT) and Community Impact Inc have developed a new collaborative approach to a fitness program and group therapy for middle and high school adolescents, iVision for Girls. The program was created by Liane Blyn owner of Athletic Based Training and Amy Leone owner of Community Impact. Our goals are to educate, empower and inspire young women to be as strong, as confident and as healthy as they can be through weekly group therapy and a fitness program.


iVision for Girls The program is to promote fitness and healthy habits for life, while at the same time helping the young women learn to find their inner beauty and their vision for life both with short term and long term goals. We are teaching girls how to control their own destiny while learning lifelong healthy habits. This class will include fitness activities as stretching, cardiovascular & strength training, weekly journaling, creation of vision boards, and activities to gain insight to your inner and true happiness. Each week group member will be required to complete weekly assignments. The program is open to girls of all fitness levels.



The class is taught by Liane Blyn and Amy Leone. For More information call 508-422-0242 or email:


For sign up sheet with times and costs please click here.

Community Impact 

Support Group


Community Impact Inc is offering a support group for survivors of sexual abuse/assault, rape and domestic violence.


Date:  10/18 to 12/13



Community Impact, Inc.  211 Main Street
Milford, MA 01757
(508) 422-0242


Time: 8:00 - 9:00 pm


Cost: Most major insurances accepted.


For more information email:


We would also like to introduce the community to Lexi Sells, a senior at Framingham State University majoring in psychology. This year Lexi is working with Community Impact and JAG Youth Council. Lexi is part of the youth council's weekly meetings, co- facilitates multiple groups at Community Impact and at Worcester Superior Court. Through her internship she hopes to learn ways to build self-esteem and encourage positive coping skills in children and adolescents. Please all welcome Lexi to our Milford Community.

4th Annual Greater Milford

CROP Hunger Walk

The 4th Annual Greater Milford CROP Walk for Hunger will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27th. The last 3 years we have raised almost $20,000 to help feed the hungry around the world in disaster stricken countries and in our own community. 25% of that money has gone to the Milford Food Pantry and other local Food Programs, which has helped many families faced with hunger. This year the funds will go to support the Salvation Army's food bank and the Meals on Wheels program. "CROP" stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty. For flier and more information click here.    


Everyone is Welcome to Walk !


When:Saturday, October 27, 2012
Time: Sign-In Starts - 9 AM           10K Walk Starts - 10 AM
Start: Draper Park, Milford
Info: Steve Kearley (508) 561-6548

Join the JAG Youth Council and Milford Youth Center team or make a donation to our team by clicking here!
 HeartSong Mentoring

Mentors are available for the fall season! Help a youth start the school year off with an adult role model, and raise the bar on that youth's potential in life.Volunteer mentors are screened and trained and all matches are supervised. This is a one-on-one mentoring program for children and youth ages 8-14 in the Milford and Hopkinton area. Group activities also available.

Activity choices are broad. A few examples are crafts, sports, pick-up games, hiking, biking, fairs, apple-picking, museums,sporting events,help with homework. Activities are based on the interests of the youth. Mentoring has been shown to improve student's peer and adult relationships,school performance,and to help in the reduction of negative and addictive behaviors.

HeartSong Mentoring is a free community-service program based out of the Vineyard Church of Hopkinton, MA. For more information or to refer youth, see or contact the director, Dana Barberio, at

Community Calendar 


    Visit our community 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 Jen Ward, at
October 1, 2012
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MYC After School program
JAG Meeting
Milford Road Race
Find Yourself Friday
Sneaker Collection and Event
Community Impact
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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.