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Milford Youth Center

A Program of the Town of Milford and the United Way of Tri-County

Jingle Bell & Santa Parade Thank you!

The Milford Youth Center staff and Commission would like to thank you everyone who attended and/or volunteered at our 5th annual Jingle Bell Jamboree and Santa Parade!

On Sunday, December 1st, before the Santa Parade, families were able to enjoy Holiday crafts, face painting, snacks, music, and a jumpy!

We would like to thank the many , organizations and individuals that contributed to this event:  Jon Capece, Rob Kidder, Mike Walsh, Dan Seaver, Joe Graziano, Christine Daddario, Earl Wilson, Kevin Rudden, Tim Snow, Felipe Marques, Milford Cub Scouts, Milford Girl Scouts, Milford High School National Art Honor Society, Diane Spittler, and the JAG Youth Council members who ran the craft and cookie decorating tables! We would like to especially thank Art’s Towing for donating a trailer bed for the second year in a row, allowing us to be part of the Santa Parade!!!

For more pictures, click here.

Healthy Futures of Milford Updates!

Starting TODAY Hannafords of Milford will be collecting donation items for The Milford Daily Bread Food Pantry! There will be a special display to help shoppers pick not only items that are in need but only healthier!

The Healthy Futures- Milford Task Force is working together with the Food Pantry to help  families in our community. The vision of the Task Force is to increase access to healthy eating within the Milford Community. With regard to this specific effort, we are working to ensure that everyone in our community has access to healthy foods as well as he skills to prepare simple, delicious, and affordable meals. Click here for a list of items we are looking to collect! In addition to a collection at Hannafords, the Milford Youth Center will also have a collection box in the main lobby (items can be dropped off between 2-6 PM, Mon-Fri).

To get mobile alerts about more healthy happenings in Milford, text “WALK1” to 88000. Click here for Milford Daily News article about the demand for food at local food pantries featuring the Daily Bread in Milford.

Milford 5th Annual CROP Walk for Hunger

The 5th Annual Greater Milford CROP Walk for Hunger will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26th.

Everyone is Welcome to Walk!

LOCATION & TIME:

Location: First Congregational Church of Milford, 4 Congress St.
Registration: 9:00 a.m., Walk:10:00 a.m. A brief opening ceremony will be held at Draper Park which is directly across the street from the church.

CONTACT:

Dennis LaPlante, 508-330-4159dennis@partnersbydesignllc.com

ABOUT THE WALK:

We are having a very special Coffee House on Saturday October 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Milford, 4 Congress Street, Milford. Admission is $3. Bert Marshall will be one of three acts performing. Come enjoy the music, free trade coffee and tasty desserts!  All proceeds will go to the Greater Milford CROP Walk.

CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by CWS and organized by local volunteers to raise funds to end hunger.

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

Chris Herren Presentation

On September 24th, Chris Herron presented to Milford High School students as well as held an evening presentation for parents and the community around the risks of substance abuse and his personal experience.

The following day, Chris reached out to Milford Schools informing them that the emails continue to come in to his office regarding drug, alcohol and cutting behavior.

This only reminds us that we, together as a Town, needs to collaborate and join all our efforts to reduce drug and alcohol use. If your interested in learning more feel free to contact JAG chair Amy Leone at communityimpactinc@gmail.com

Click here for some local resources. Click here for Milford Daily News article.

First Find Yourself Friday of the School Year a Success!

The Milford Youth Center and JAG Youth Council hosted a “Find Yourself Friday” Youth event on Friday, September 27th from6:30-9:00 PM at the Milford Youth Center. The event included over 100 youth and they enjoyed music, dancing, snacks, a jumpy, a movie, a Photobooth, raffle prizes, and games!

For the fourth year in a row the JAG Youth Council and the Milford Youth Center collected gently used or new sneakers to be sent over and handed out volunteers in December for youth in need in the Dominican Republic. Participants also made Arts & Crafts to be sent over as a Holiday gift. The Youth in the DR will return the favor and make Arts & Crafts for youth in Milford! We are still collecting gently used or new sneakers to be sent over. You may drop it off anytime during the After School program,Monday – Friday from 2-6 PM.

We would like to thank the volunteers who helped make the event a success, including the Dunbar family, Alison Julian, Jenny Gonzalez, Sandy Caproni, Jack Ward, Milford High School CARE and all the JAG Youth Council members! We would also like Pizza Palace for donating raffle prizes towards “Find Yourself Fridays” and Hannafords of Milford for supporting our Find Yourself Friday events with donations of snacks and drinks!

For photos of event, click here.

JAG Meeting – November 6th, 2013

Please join us for our next JAG meeting on Wednesday, November 6th at 8:45 am at the Milford Police Station Training Room.

This month we will be joined by consultant Lauren Gilman from EDC to help us gain a better understanding of social marketing campaigns. With her support, guidance, knowledge, and expertise we will begin to brand our message of reducing underage substance use and adolescent risk factors for 2013-2014.

We are also looking for new area organizations to get involved in our efforts and coalition work.  If you are interested please contact Amy Leone at communityimpactinc@gmail.com

Benefit Dinner for Jake Gallerani on Saturday, October 19th

Join us on Saturday, October 19th at the Milford Youth Center, for a benefit dinner for Jake Gallerani, a young boy from Uxbridge. During the past six months Jake has had 3 surgeries to remove tumors from his head.  Jake has a very rare case of Sarcoma which is aggressive and difficult to combat.  He has responded very well to his surgeries, but it is apparent that there is a need to find a treatment to his specific case.  Experimental testing being conducted at Children’s Hospital in an attempt to figure out a way to make Jake healthy again is not covered by insurance and will exceed $25,000.

This year was not anything like what most kids experience for Jake and his family: he did not vacation, have sleepovers (other than the hospital) and barely participated in any of the sports he loves. School was very spotty as he needed to avoid any and all outside illnesses.  As we are all getting ready for school to begin for our kids, his parents are getting prepared for another long run of chemo and treatments. I am sure none of us can even imagine.

We hope you can participate and enjoy an evening in which we can have some fun and help a family in need of something good to happen.

There will be a DJ, dancing, auction items. Oliva’s is providing food for the event and there will be a cash beer and wine bar. Tickets are being sold now so please see the event flyer for details.

Ben Classic 3 vs. 3 B-Ball Tournament This Saturday!

Join us for a 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament at the Milford Youth Center on Saturday, October 12th!

This tournament is a fundraiser to honor a fallen brother who was loved by many. Five years ago in May Benjamin Nick Gonzalez passed away and has been missed ever since. He left behind two beautiful children, Simone and Silas, in which this fundraiser is for. Benji’s favorite pass time was basketball- so let’s honor him, and bring your A game to the court and represent to the fullest for the BNG!!

For registration form, click here.

Please make check payable to Simone Genesis Gonzalez

and return payment and this bottom section to the Center at 24 Pearl St. Milford, Ma 01757.

Find Yourself Friday – Youth Halloween Party!

Join us for the second Find Yourself Friday youth event of the school year on Friday, November 1st from 6:30 – 9:00 PM at the Milford Youth Center! The event will include a DJ, music, games, food & beverages for sale, a jumpy, a movie, raffle prizes, face & pumpkin painting, a costume contest, and a HAUNTED MAZE!

The JAG Youth Council and Milford Youth Center will be collecting donations for the food pantry at the event. Click here for list of items we are looking to collect. All items will be donated to The Milford Daily Bread Food Pantry, as part of a larger collection campaign with the Healthy Futures- Milford Task Force and Hannafords. If you bring a donation the event will cost $2 to enter. If not the entrance fee is $3 per person. You must have an MYC registration form to attend this event, and once entered you may not leave unless its for the rest of the night!

If you would like to volunteer and/or donate a raffle prize at the event please contact Jen Ward.

MYC After School Program – October 2013 Updates

MYC Youth

We would like to welcome you and your family to the second month of this school year’s Milford Youth Center After School Program!

Some of these programs this month include the JAG Youth Council, Arts & Crafts, Boxing Conditioning, Kids Choice, and many other daily physical fitness activities/open gym. Click here for our October Calendar! For our event calendar for the year, clickhere! The Milford Youth Center after school program is open for youth ages 8-18, free of charge, from 2-6 pm Monday through Friday. We see over 200 youth every day, through this program and the many community and sports organizations that utilize the facility.

All participants must fill out a registration form to be a member. Once this form is returned to the Center, the member will be provided with an ID barcode to be placed on the back of their Milford Student ID’s (once they are issued). This will be how Youth Center staff will track attendance. Therefore, all members are required to bring in their Milford School ID’s in order to enter the facility. For the MYC Code of Conduct, click here.

You can find out all up-to-date info at our website.

If you would like to volunteer, donate, or run a program during next school year’s after school program please call or email the Center.  Clickhere for volunteer form! 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 this month: Linda Hertz, United Way of Tri-County, Teachers Driving Academy, Christine Daddario for running our Arts & Crafts program, Pinto’s Plumbing for helping to fix our water fountain, P&J’s Vending for fixing our vending machine and the Milford National Bank and Trust Company for donating office supplies!