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October 2014
 Milford Youth Center


We are excited to share that, after a lot of hard work by the MYC Renovation Committee, that a General Contractor for the Armory Renovation project has been selected! R.A.C. Builders Inc. was awarded the Milford Youth Center renovation project and will be beginning the project soon- we would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the project and excited to see it begin! 


For the last month, MYC staff and volunteers have been emptying out the building, getting it ready to hand over to the contractors, while also setting up at the temporary location. We will be looking to open for the Youth on Monday, October 27th at 25/27 Congress St (registrations and new policies will be available soon)! We will be having an Open House for families on Friday, October 24th, from 2:30-4:00 PM at the new location. We then invite all youth to join us for the first "Find Yourself Friday" Youth event, that night from 6-8 PM at the Middle School East Gymnasium. The JAG Youth Council Youth Leadership group will begin on Wednesday, October 22nd, from 3-4 PM as well!  Finally, the MYC Boxing program is up and running at the Rivera Athletic Center. If there is a youth that would like to participate, the program runs on Tuesday's and Thursday's from 4:30-5:30 PM. 


We would like to thank Ed Thompson of WMRC,  Al Correia and Milford TV for having us on their shows to update the community on the Center and the renovation. We would like to thank Ryder Trucks of Milford for working with us over the month with rental trucks. We would also like to thank Mendon Storage for providing four storage units for us. Finally, we would like to thank the many volunteers that helped us during this transition: You Inc., Brian Bell, Mike Dehey, Benjamin De Jesus, Gabby De Jesus, Rob Kidder, Rafael Corona, Arthur Siipola and Alfred P Scioli, of S & S Realty Trust, and Meg McElroy of Greater Milford Realty. Lastly, we would like to thank Amy Leone, MS, MA, LMHC for conducting a mandated reporting training for our Youth Commission and staff. 

First JAG Meeting!

The adult  JAG Coalition will have its third meeting of the year on Wed., November 5th, at 8:45 am, at the Milford Police Station Training room. If anyone would like to participate in either the Sticker Shock or Networking Breakfast Committee, please either contact Amy Leone or join us on Thursday, October 29th at 9 AM at 211 Main St., Room 3. 


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

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!     

Totally 80's Costume Bash! 

Mark your calendars! On October 24th, the United Way of Tri-County is having a Totally 80's Costume Bash! The event will have music, food, & contests! 

So spread the word and get you're tickets! All proceeds will benefit food pantries in the MetroWest/495 Corridor. The Milford Youth Center is proud to support this event by making a donation toward the event!


For more information, click here

Congratulations Team Gold Diggers

Congratulations to Team Gold Diggers...Four Community Impact Employees at last weekend's New England Fitness Challenge at Gillette Stadium!


It was a grueling overnight of physical exertion, which the team successfully completed with the encouragement, and support of each other!  A big shout-out to April Leman, LICSW who coordinated this challenge with a 15 all women team comprised of local therapists, behaviorist and local school teachers. Thank-you to everyone who donated and supported this event.  

Milford Town Library Programs


Check out this link for the flier of a new program at the Milford Town Library...Magic: the Gathering Trading Card Game Club!!!


The library also offers an Alateen Group: What is Alateen? Alateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking.


The Alateen meetings are every Wednesday from 4-5 pm in the ESL room at the Milford Town Library. For more information, please call Jacque Gorman at 508-473-2145 ext 223 or e-mail at


For more programs, click  here

Wondering about Mental Health Service?

What services exist in and around your community? How do you navigate the mental health system in Massachusetts? Where can you find information about topics related to a child's or a family's mental health? 


Find answers at MSPP INTERFACE Referral Service: 

The MSPP INTERFACE Referral Service collects and categorizes a wide range of valuable resources related to mental health and wellness for the benefit of the general public - children, adults and families - as well as educators and mental health professionals. click here for one-page flier about MSPP INTERFACE. 

Fielding and Hitting Camp! 

Milford Girls Softball League is offering a fielding and hitting camp on Sunday, November 2nd. This is a one day, total skills, outdoor camp at the Milford High School, Field 1. 


For more information and registration form, click here

Register Now for the 18th Annual
MIAA Wellness Summit 

The 2014 Wellness Summit features 12 concurrent workshops, more than 30 resource exhibits, and an awards luncheon celebrating those who exemplify healthy life choices! The event will be held on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 8:00 am - 1:30 pm at the Double Tree Hotel in Westborough, MA. 


For more information contact: Karen Nardone, M.Ed. Wellness Coordinator: 508-541-7997 or 


Click here to register. Click here for flier. 

Thanks To Yanks
Family Fun Walk

Come out and enjoy an afternoon of family fun on the Milford Upper Charles River Trail on October 19th from 12-4 PM! There will be entertainment by DJ Paulie B, games, food, photo opps and more!


Thanks To Yanks is a 501c3 local service organization founded 8 yrs ago and its mission is to provide support our military, veterans and their families. 

For event flier, click here.  


Wayside Youth & Family Programs
Wayside Youth & Family Support Network in Framginham and Waltham will be offering various programs in October: 

The Parent Partnership is pleased to offer a FREE group for siblings (Ages 6-12) of children/adolescents with mental health challenges.


When a brother or sister has mental health challenges, the sibling(s) may also be impacted.This support group will allow siblings of children with mental health issues to "kick back", relax and have some fun with other siblings who are experiencing similar life situations.


The club will focus on helping the self-esteem and resiliency of the sibling to better the relationship between the sibling and the brother or sister with mental health issues. The group will meet every other week and will eat pizza, share stories, journal, play games, do arts & crafts, and in general laugh a lot together.

Wayside Youth & Family Support Network in Waltham is also offering a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Workshop and Parent Support Groups. For more information, click here.  



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October 8, 2014
In This Issue
MYC After School Program Update
Totally 80's Costume Bash!
Milford Town Library Programs
Wondering about Mental Health Service?
Fielding and Hitting Camp!
MIAA Wellness Summit
Family Fun Walk
Wayside Youth & Family 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.