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October 2011

Milford Youth Center  

MYC Youth Sidney De Jesus is at the Youth Center full time and keeping everyone safe and secure.


The Milford Youth Center is open and keeping the children active. The Center 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.


Milford National Honor Society students are volunteering their time as well as parents and adults from the community and the senior center.  


If you like to volunteer please contact milfordyouthcenter@comcast.net 


 JAG Youth Council participate in Hunger Banquet and CROP Hunger Walk! 

Hunger Banquet - Christian GeorgeAt the last JAG Youth Council meeting the youth participated in an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet where our youth randomly drew tickets that assigned them to different income levels, based on the latest statistics about the number of people living in poverty. Depending on where they sit, some received a filling dinner, while others ate a simple meal or shared sparse portions of rice and water. Group JAG hunger WalkWhile not all guests leave with full stomachs, many gain a new perspective on the root causes of hunger and poverty-and will feel motivated to do something to help.


The youth participated in this in preparation for the CROP Hunger Walk in which they walked in on October 1st. Ten members of JAG raised money for the cause and walked.   

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The 10K CROP Walk for Hunger was very successful this year with over 115 walkers participating. There were 12 Teams that represented many area organizations, businesses, schools & churches. The Milford Daily Bread Food Pantry and the Trinity Church Meal Program, both whom are benefactors of this event, had a Team of walkers. Donations are still coming in and current estimates have us raising over $7,500. Steve Kearley would like to thank everyone who walked and express that "we couldn't have done it without you all."


For photos of the JAG Hunger Banquet and Walk please click here.

Milford Road Race - Day for Play a success!

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Thank you to all the volunteers, vendors and participants for attending the 4th annual Milford Road Race! The day included games, face painting, raffles and a 5K, a 1-mile fun run for kids and a toddler race! All money raised at the event will go towards the Milford Play Initiative and their goal of building a new playground at Fino Field and renovate surrounding area playgrounds!


Make sure you check out our new Facebook page here!

The next Milford Play Initiative meeting on Monday, October 17th at 1PM at the Milford Town Library for anyone who maybe interested. At the meeting we will be voting on board members and to move forward with a non-profit status.  


You can also make a tax deductible donation to the Milford Play Initiative by clicking here.

Over 200 Youth Attend First

Find Yourself Friday Event! 

Raffle prize - Find Yourself Friday Over 200 youth attended the first "Find Yourself Friday" youth event of the new school year - the largest turn out yet! The event was held at the Milford Youth Center on Friday, September 30th from 7-10 pm and included music, dancing, raffles, games, snacks, and a movie presentation of "Rio." 


This month, the theme of the event was "Back to School!" Youth were charged a small entrance fee of $2.00, or $1.00 if the student(s) brought a pair of gently used or new sneakers. The sneakers will be sent and distributed to youth in the Boca Chica Region of the Dominican Republic. The youth were able to collect over 100 pairs of sneakers, which will be distributed by Rev. Jose Medina of Framingham and Jenny Medina of Milford, along with other volunteers, when they return to the Dominican Republic in December! Sneaker collection - Brian Greer
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, Framingham Pizza and the Sourial family for donating pizza for the volunteers, Hannafords of Milford for donating the snacks and Steve Cassinelli and Musician Resource Center for lending the music equipment.
For more information, or if you would like to volunteer at the next event, which will be held on Friday, October 28th, please contact Youth Council co-coordinator Jen Ward at jenward24@gmail.com or 508-473-1756.
Funding for "Find Yourself Fridays" is supported by the United Way of Tri-County Youth Venture Program and CHNA-6.
For more photos of the event, click here.

What Kids Need: The Building Blocks for Children and Youth

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This year the Juvenile Advocacy Group and the JAG Youth Council will focus their community efforts on Developmental Assets. The Developmental Assets are 40 common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible, successful adults. Because of its basis in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research and its proven effectiveness, the Developmental Assets framework has become one of the most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States. Read the list of assets here


How to get started building assets:

There are many ways you can start building assets for the children and youth around you, whether they're in your family, school, or community. This year JAG will work with the search institute in promotion of our marketing campaign "Where do I get that asset?" as well as monthly articles regarding developmental assets including resources you can use to create a better world for the kids in Milford. These monthly assets will also be an aspect of the JAG youth council's Find Yourself Friday events throughout the year.  


Amy Leone will be writing a monthly article in Milford PATCH discussing how individuals can build assets among their families, friends and community.  


If you are interested in getting involved please feel free to contact Amy Leone at communityimpactinc@gmail.com or go to www.jagnetwork.org  

Paul F. Seaver Benefit

Paul F. Seaver Benefit Please join us for a Benefit in support of Paul F. Seaver. 



When: Saturday, October 22nd 6-10 PM  


Where: Milford Youth Center  


Cost: $50 per person & donations accepted


Event includes beer/wine cash bar, appetizers & music 


To download form click here.   

For all questions you may email



4 Better Health 

4 Better Health What would your life look like if you felt your best?When was the last time you talked with someone about your health and received the personal attention you deserve?


As a Health Coach, Lisa Vasile's goal is to create a supportive environment that will empower you to achieve all of your health goals. Consider personal and group consulting, weight loss, Gluten free coaching, decreasing symptoms of chronic conditions and AutoImmune illnesses, support the body to decrease or stop medications, life and work balance, empowering women to feel great and live their best life, home visits and shopping guides, incorporating movement for life, control hormonal imbalance and easy methods to decrease chemicals in every day living.


For more information, click here.


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Click here for the first edition of HEALTHY OUTCOMES Newsletter. It is packed with the latest news on youth substance abuse prevention research. The fall newsletter includes articles "Monitoring Our Future", "Teen Cannabis Use and the Brain", "Alcohol and Energy Drinks Don't Mix", "It Is Not Just a Phase", and "Why Should We Care About Underage Tobacco Use?".


The purpose of this newsletter is to update parents on important topics that affect the health and academic success of young people.



Building a Competent School Community for Suicide Prevention 

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Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents nationally and in the state of Massachusetts. While any suicide is complex, there are risk factors and warning signs that can make it easier to identify at-risk youth. Schools have an especially important role to play in this process. A competent school community for suicide prevention that can identify, respond to and treat at-risk youth is not a new concept, but it remains one of the most effective. There are also effective, proactive ways for community members to come together to collaborate on creating competent prevention programs. 


To learn more about this issue please consider attending the Anna Maria College's Molly Bish Center's conference on:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Hoagland-Pincus Center
22 Maple Avenue Shrewsbury, MA 01545

For more information, please click here.
Whole Foods Market of Bellingham
Halloween / Outdoor Harvest Fest!!!

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On Saturday, October 29th from 12-4 p.m. 

join Whole Foods market in Bellingham for our all-out extravaganza in our parking lot, which will be a guaranteed fun day for both kids and adults!

Please come in full costume and enjoy many of the festivities outside:

  • Pick your own pumpkin in our huge pumpkin patch!
  • Face painting
  • Pony Rides
  • Camel Rides
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Farmer's Market
  • Contests with prizes for guessing the weight of our over-sized pumpkin
  • Many vendors giving away free product
  • Bellingham Fire Dept. on hand giving tours of their truck
  • Petting zoo with 20 animals to pet and feed

This event will take place on the 29th; weather permitting.

Don't miss this one, as this may be our biggest event to date!!!


For more information, please click here.
Milford Police Department's
Exploring Law Enforcement Program

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The Milford Police Department's Exploring Law Enforcement Program is an educational program designed to give young people between the ages of 14-21 a look inside a career in law enforcement.  All Milford Explorers are expected to maintain high academic and attendance requirements. As representatives of the community, the Explorers are also expected to conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner at all times.


For more information contact Officer Tiernan at 508-473-1113 x619
or  milfordpost_29@yahoo.com

For application please click here
October 6, 2011
In This Issue
MYC Remains Open
Hunger Banquet & CROP Walk
Milford Road Race
Find Yourself Friday
Developmental Assets
Paul F. Seaver Benefit
4 Better Health
Healthy Outcomes Newsletter
Suicide Prevention Conference
Halloween/Outdoor Harvest Fest
Milford Explorers
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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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