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September 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 September calendar.  


The Youth Center offers a variety of free services for local youths, ages 8-18, including tutoring, sports, fitness and nutrition programs. 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.

We welcome you all to check out the newly painted game room and stairs!
MYC Thank You's!

MYC Youth 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!


First we would like to thank the United Way of Tri-County for donating over 25 backpacks to the Center for their 2012 Backpack Drive. The United Way of Tri-County is running their annual back-to-school backpack program! United Way is committed to helping children and youth succeed and ensuring every young person is ready to learn.

 The program is a combined effort between area businesses and employees to provide backpacks and school supplies for the upcoming school year.


The Youth Center would also like to thank UniBank, Artie Morin, Linda Hurts, Soccer Spot, Macy's, Christopher Dube, Teacher's Drivers Academy, Valerie Croce of Berry Plastics Corp. and the Milford Town Library for their generous support and/or donations. We would also like to thank the youth and adult volunteers that helped paint and get the Youth Center ready for the after school program!   


Finally the Youth Center would like to thank all the families of the youth who attended our summer camp this year. The camp was a great success and we hope to see you all again next summer! In addition, thank you to all the businesses and organizations that made donations towards the camp.

Have you ever heard of JAG, The JAG Youth Council or Find Yourself Friday?

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JAG stands for the Juvenile Advocacy Group, which is a group of community adults who want to help our youth. The JAG's 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 JAG Youth Council is a group of youth who help the JAG make things happen in a way that youth appreciate and feel a part of. These youth are creating awesome change in the community and have been since January 2009.

If you would like to be a part of this great group or learn more, please come to our first JAG Youth Council meeting on Wednesday, September 12th from 3-4 PM at the Milford Youth Center. We welcome all youth ages 10-17 to attend and learn more about what the JAG Youth Council does and how you can participate. For more information, you may email Youth Leadership Coordinator, Jen Ward at For application, click here

JAG Meeting 

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Please join us at our next JAG meeting on Wednesday, September 5th  from 8:45-10 AM at the Milford Police Station. 

We hope you have all had a great summer and look forward to starting meetings again! We will go over what the mission of JAG is to newcomers and also how we plan to put Developmental Assets into action. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Leone at
Milford Road Race!


Join Palmer Family Chiropractic, the Milford Play Initiative, and Community Impact Inc., at the Day for Play Road Race!


This event is being held on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at Fino Field (Granite Street Entrance) in Milford. Check in will be from 8:00-9:00am. The Tots Sprint will be at 9:45am. The 1/4 mile Fun Run will be at 9:30am, and the 5K Road Race will begin at 10:00am.


The Milford Play Initiative is looking for volunteers for race day. Volunteer jobs include coordinating water stations, coordination of games for youth, fans along the path, etc. Community Service hour letters can also be given/signed.


For more information or if you would like to volunteer, see the attachments below, or contact Tamara Palmer at, or Amy Leone at

For all participant forms, click here.

The next Milford Play Initiative meeting will be held on Monday  September 10th at 1 PM at the Milford Town Library.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Awards $5,000 Grant to the MYC!

The Milford Youth Center would like to thank Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts for awarding the Center with a $5,000 grant for the Center's "Tuttie Fruttie" snack shack.

Member's of the JAG Youth Council received a mini-grant from the United Way of Tri-County's Youth Venture program to start the shack and this grant will allow it to grow even more! The Tuttie Fruttie snack shack will offer, at affordable prices, items such as fruit, yogurt, smoothies and other healthy alternatives. The shack will hold the equipment, snacks, drinks and produce, in addition to providing monthly healthy recipes and information to the youth and families that attend the Center. Currently, there are no snack options at the Center, which is forcing kids to walk across a dangerous/busy street to go to a convenience store where they are choosing unhealthy snacks.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts recognizes that, for too many families, the burdens of chronic diseases and their accompanying health care costs are insurmountable burdens.  Good health depends on access to affordable and nutritious food, regular exercise and opportunities for safe recreation. These investments are part of a larger community-based solution aimed at the public health challenges associated with obesity, malnutrition, declining fitness, and health issues related to poverty-especially in the areas of early childhood and youth development.  Of equal importance, these grants will enhance recreational opportunities that will help nurture families and strengthen communities.

First Find Yourself Friday Event
of the New School Year!

Join us for 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 will include a DJ, music, games and food & beverages for sale.


For the third year in a row the Center will collect gently used or new sneakers to be sent over and handed out by Youth Center volunteers in December for youth in need in the Dominican Republic. Youth may bring a pair of sneakers/shoes at the day of the event to get $1 off the $3 admission fee to the event.


Find Yourself Fridays is a once-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.

If you would like to volunteer at the event please contact Jen Ward.
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.
Community Impact Groups


Community Impact is offering groups on finding yourself through self-care, a divorce group for youth ages 7-12 and other exciting opportunities for young adults and adolescents. 


Community Impact also has openings for individual and family counseling.

For initial intake or questions, please call Amy Leone, MS, MA, LMHC at:

(508) 422-0242 or email at

Reiki Healing is available from Energy from Heaven at Community Impact. If you are interested contact Jack Leone at 508-308-3751. 

Y.O.U., Inc.     

Education for Employment Program

If 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.


Have you ever wanted to learn how to meditate?!  

Yoga is a foundation for sitting meditation- it teaches you to keep the mind and body in the same place, to work with the breath, and to develop the flexibility for sitting."With each true friendship, we build more firmly the foundation on which the peace of the whole world rests." Ghandi


Begin your practice of mindful meditation.  Develop a clear and calm focus that will allow you to deal with the joys and challenges of life with balance, grace and loving kindness to those around you.  Join mediation instructor Susan Darnell at Palmer Family Chiropractic for a 6 week course. 


6 week Mediation Course for $90

Thursdays from 7:30-9:00 pm

September 13th- October 18th


Located at Palmer Family Chiropractic,

114 Water Street, Blg#3 Milford MA 01757



Class size is limited. 

Preregister at Palmer Family Chiropractic by emailing 

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    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
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In This Issue
MYC After School program
MYC Thank You's
JAG Youth Council
JAG Meeting
Milford Road Race
Blue Cross Blue Shield Grant
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.