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September 2011

Join the JAG Youth Council and Help Plan First Find Yourself Friday Youth Event of New School Year!

End of the year party 

Come join and be a part of a great group of youth looking to improve their community!


The JAG Youth Council will begin to have their weekly meetings starting on Wednesday, September 14th 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 application click here.


The Youth will decide on theme and charity to donate to for their first "Find Yourself Fridays" youth event of the school year, scheduled for Friday, September 30th from 7-10 PM. Find Yourself Fridays were an enormous success last school year, with over 100 youth attending each month and donating to various charities, like Milford Housing Authority, Cell Phones for Soldiers, Best Buddies and Compassionate Care ALS. Find Yourself Fridays was also featured on Dosomething.org as project of the week after Youth Council member Jon Capece wrote about the success of the program.


If you are interested in volunteering or donating raffle prizes for monthly events, please contact Jen Ward.   

Let's Build a Playground!

playgroundThere are three great ways to help support the Milford Play Initiative to build a community playground at Fino Field!



If you sign up for 5k/1mile by September 1st will receive free t-shirt! You can also sponsor, in addition to signing up for this years Milford Road Race! The race will take place on Sunday, September 25th. To register online click here.

2. Attend our third Milford Play Initiative meeting on Monday, September 19th at 1PM at the Milford Town Library.


3. Donate! Click here to find out how you can make a tax deductible donation! 

Youth Enjoyed Summer at  

Milford Youth Center! 

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Thank you to all our campers for a wonderful summer.


We hope you had as much fun as we did and we hope to see you here during the school year.


Best wishes for a great school year!


MYC Gearing up for the

2011/12 School Year

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The Milford Youth Center after school program is beginning the first week of school! 


We are a free after school program available Monday-Friday from after school to 6 PM. Daily activities are available to all Milford residents ages 8-18.


Click here for 2011-12 registration forms.

Next JAG Meeting

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The next JAG meeting will be Wednesday, September 7th from 8:45-10 AM at the Milford Police Station. We wiill continue to plan the many ways we 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 you @?" as well as monthly articles regarding developmental assets including resources you can use to create a better world for the kids in Milford.  


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


Paul F. Seaver Benefit

Paul F. Seaver BenefitPlease 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



You Can Make a Difference...

40 Dev. Assets 

Attend Free Conference and learn how you can make changes and differences in the lives of those around you!


The conference will take place on September 23rd from 9am-2pm at the Double Tree/Milford Hotel at 11 Beaver St. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


The conference will focus on Developmental Assets. This year the Juvenile Advocacy Group 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.


This conference is sponsored by CHNA-6. Registration is required by September 13th to Amy Leone at communityimpactinc@gmail.com

Sign up for Milford's CROP Walk!

CROP walkThe 3rd Annual Greater Milford CROP Walk for Hunger will take place on Saturday, Oct. 1st. The last 2 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. "CROP" stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty.


Please consider starting a Team and helping people in places such as Japan, Darfur, Haiti, Alabama and Springfield, Mass. The funds raised support a mission of being one of the first responders in disaster relief and to be there afterward for refugee assistance, education and rebuilding projects, like the one on going in New Orleans.


There will also be an informative Walk for Hunger presentation at the Milford Town Library on Sept. 13th  at 7 pm in the Granite/Quarry Room.

To donate please click here.

Donate new or gently used sneakers!

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Please consider dropping off new or gently used sneakers at the Milford Youth Center. For the second year, the Youth Center will participate in a sneaker drive for Youth in the Boca Chica region of the Dominican Republic. 


Last year over 100 youth were given sneakers with an outfit as a holiday gift, due to the generoisty of so many local families. Rev. Jose Medina of Framingham and Jenny Gonzalez of Milford, along with other volunteers, will return to the Dominican Republic in December to distribute the sneakers! The collection will culminate on October 1st at "Mi Granito de Arena II - My little Grain of Sand II" event being held at the Milford Youth Center from 7-10 PM.

Milford MOMS Club Open House

Milford MOMS Club 

Please join us on September 9th for an open house from 10-noon at the MilfordSportsCenter, located at 132 Central Street, Milford.


The event is free and open to all parents and their children from Milford, Mendon and Hopedale. We will have crafts, light refreshments, a variety of sports activities for the kids and a special pampering surprise for overworked parents! There will be something age appropriate for infants-preschool aged children. If you are an at home parent looking to meet other local parents and kids this event is for you!


The MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) club of Milford is a non-profit organization that supports full or part time at home parents. For more information you may email president@milfordmomsclub.org or visit www.milfordmomsclub.org


Farmers Market to benefit SNAP program

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Do you or someone you know receive SNAP benefits?


The Franklin Farmers Market new Produce Points program, will DOUBLE your SNAP (food stamp) dollars every Friday from 12 - 6 PM at the Town Commons.




For more information, click here.

Support our Healthy Futures Initiative!  

youth logoVisit UNO's Bellingham, Attleboro, or Wrentham Friday September 23rd to support our Healthy Futures Initiative. Present the coupon available at the Franklin Hockomocj YMCA or at www.hockymca.org and 15% of your proceeds will support this great initiative. We are excited to work with UNO's who was recently named the Healthiest Chain in America. 


Healthy Futures is a group committed to reducing inactivity and poor nutrition in our community through innovative programs, projects and policies. All are welcome to join.


For more information please contact Lauren Marciszyn at LaurenM@hockymca.org 

Annual Youth Triathlon at Y

triathlon  logoGreat event for beginner and seasoned athletes! The youth will be divided into three age categories with varying distances for swim, bike and run.  Registration and Parent Orientation begins promptly at 9 AM and bike set up will immediately follow.


When: Saturday, September 10th - 9 AM

Where: Bernon Family Branch YMCA in Franklin

Who: Boys & Girls ages 3 - 12 years old

Cost: $20 per athlete, $60 maximum charge per families


First 100 registered receive an event t-shirt so register early!


Call Lauren Marciszyn for more information at 774.235.2737 or via email at LaurenM@hockymca.org 

You may visit here for more information.

September 1, 2011
In This Issue
1st JAG Youth Council Meeting
Let's build a playground!
MYC Summer Camp
MYC After School Program
JAG Meeting
Paul F. Seaver Benefit
Free Conference
Milford CROP Walk
Sneaker Drive
Milford MOMS Club
Farmers Market to benefit SNAP
Healthy Futures Milford
Youth Triathlon
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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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