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Milford Youth Center

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

MYC Adult Halloween Fundraiser!

Join us for the first MYC Adult Halloween Fundraiser at the Milford Youth Center on Friday, October 25th from 8 PM – Midnight!

The event will include a cash bar (beer & wine), appetizers, and music! Make sure to wear your Halloween costume – there will be prizes for the best male and female costumes! There will also be a photo booth!!! This fundraiser is being held to help support the programming at the MYC. We would like to thank Roche Brothers of Millis for their generous donation towards the events. We would also like to thank Spallone & Son, Inc. for donating their services to help make the final touches on our photo booth!

Tickets are available now at the Center or at the door! Tickets will be $20 each! You must be 21+ to attend this event. If you have any questions about tickets call 508-473-1756 or email us!

MYC Open House!

open house flier jpgJoin us for our first Open House on Wednesday, August 28th from 6-7 PM at the Milford Youth Center! We would like to welcome old and new families who are unfamiliar with what the Center does and offers! You will have an opportunity to meet the staff, the Milford Youth Commission members, and learn about our programs and NEW sign in system!!!

For the flier, click here!

2013 Backpack Drive!

ImageProxyServlet-1The 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.

Over the past 4 years the program has distributed over 1,400 backpacks to area kids in elementary, middle and high school. This program always gives to the Milford Youth Center too!!!

It’s easy to get involved. You can either purchase school supplies/backpacks for the program; or, for $25 United Way supplies students with their own backpack filled with supplies.

You can also help by volunteering to sort and assemble backpacks. To find out more about this exciting program, please contact:

Barbara LaGrenade, Director of Volunteerism at 508-370-4902 or by email at: barbara.lagrenade@uwotc.org

For more information, click here.

ReThink Your Drink!

The Youth Center is part of the coalition, Healthy Futures of Milford, a group that  is committed to promoting physical activity and healthy eating through programs, projects and policies. We strive to make the healthy choice, the easy choice.

For the second year in row we are inviting campers,starting this week,  to participate in the ReThink Your Drink Challenge. ReThink Your Drink Summer Challenge was put together to encourage the community to cut down and eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages. We attached some information about the group and project. Campers are obligated to participate but are sent the  information and if interested asked to sign a  pledge to rarely drink sugar-sweetened beverages (1-2 times a week). There will be prizes throughout the summer for participants!

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Teachers Driving Academy July & August Classes!

158678587.336.255The TDA is still accepting registration forms for their July and August classes! Click here for an updated registration form! The 2013-2014 classroom schedule for Milford will be available soon! Check out this Milford Daily News article about our collaboration with the Teacher’s Driving Academy!

The Milford Youth Center is pleased to partner with the Teachers Driving Academy to offer students a great program, at a reasonable price, with the added convenience of taking classes right at school! Every registration fee is made out the Milford Youth Center as a donation from TDA. We are very grateful for this collaboration and support!  Click here for more information.

JAG Youth Council End of the Year Party!

The JAG Youth Council enjoyed their end of the year party at the Milford Youth Center! The Milford Youth Center and Juvenile Advocacy Group (JAG) staff wanted to thank the youth for another great and successful year!

The Youth Council helped plan and took park in numerous events and volunteer opportunities this school year! The Youth planned the monthly Find Yourself Friday events helped organize a sneaker collection for youth in the Dominican Republic,  and donations to the United Way of Tri-County’s “Feed a Family for Fifty,” a fund to support the victim’s families of Sandy Hook and to the Relay for Life of Milford. The Youth also took park in the Milford CROP Walk, “Dressed Up, Not Messed Up” Fashion Show, Milford Play Initiative Fundraisers, the Relay for Life overnight, and finally helped conduct interviews for the the Milford Youth Center’s Strategic Plan!

Thank you for a great year and your dedication! We will be starting up again in September! For more photos of the party, click here.

MYC Summer Camp Updates!

The Milford Youth Center had a great first week of camp and is looking forward to its second week! The kids already enjoyed a water slide at the Center and trips to Southwick’s Zoo and Hopkinton State Park!

We are still accepting Summer Camp registrations for the remaining weeks! Activities for the rest of the summer include weekly field trips and fun in-town activities! Some trips remaining are Basketball Hall of Fame, Ice-skating, Pinz Entertainment, Water Wizz, and a whale watch! In-town activities include Fino Pool, the town park, and activities at the Center!

Camp runs from 8 am-4 pm for $135 per week or $40 per day. There is an extended day option from 4-5 pm for an extra $10 per day. For registration forms click here. For a listing of day-to-day schedule, click here.

For more information, click here. For photo’s, click here.

 We would like to thank the Community Use program, Taylor Rental of Norfolk, and Joann Fabrics and Craft Store of Milford for their help! We would especially like to thank the Hart family for donating water for the campers and Ron Auger for conducting CPR lessons for our counselors!

 If there are any local businesses or organizations that would like to sponsor a camper this summer please contact the Center! Every year we receive donations that help make camp available for local youth in need!

MYC After School End of the Year Party & Thanks You’s!

MYC YouthThe Milford Youth Center would like to thank everyone for a great school year! We could not offer this great community resource without the support from the Town, the United Way of Tri-County, JAG, and the numerous community organizations, businesses, and volunteers that continue to support us! We are already working on programs for next school year! We are also working on a yearly calendar for all our events to help other groups and parents plan early! Finally, we will also be having an open house at the beginning of the school year to welcome new families who are unfamiliar with what the Center does and offers.

You can find out all up-to-date info at our website: http://milfordyouthcenter.net

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.

The Milford Youth Center members were able to enjoy an End of the Year Party on the last day of the After School program. For the last 2 years, the JAG Youth Council and Milford Youth Center hold their last Find Yourself Friday event during the After School program  and offered free admission! The kids enjoyed music, dancing, games, a jumpie, cotton candy, snow cones, and an outdoor water slide!

We would like to thank all the volunteers who helped make the event a success and especially Taylor Rental of Norfolk! For more photos, click here.

Comics Unite 2013

uwotcHelp Support The United Way of Tri-County, one of our largest supporters, and their Food Security Program! By attending the 2013 Comics Unite comedy event, you will be helping to eliminate hunger in the MetroWest/495 Corridor! For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.

MYC Skate Park Youth Venture Presentation

The Milford Youth Center would like to congratulate the MYC Skate Park Youth Venture group for receiving a $1,000 seed grand from the United Way of Tri-County Youth Venture last night!
United Way Youth Venture is a social entrepreneurship program for youth ages 12-20. Young people are challenged to identify an issue in their community and create a business plan for a project that will be a viable solution to the issue they have identified. Through United Way Youth Venture, young adults learn valuable skills for future academic or professional pursuits while serving as leaders who impact their community in a positive way.

The team presented their idea to create a skate park at the Milford Youth Center. They are passionate about skateboarding, but have few options for places to skate that are safe or affordable. The team has worked in conjunction with the Milford Youth Center to identify a space in the basement of the building that can be used as a skate park at no charge to any child who attends the Youth Center. The team will conduct lessons at no charge to teach children how to skate safely and will host competitions as fundraisers to support skate park maintenance. The team has an established list of rules that all participants must follow, including that helmets are mandatory.

We would like to thank the panelists who helped make the decision to grant the money and added very valuable input to move forward successfully. The role of a selection panelist is to listen to the team present their project and determine whether or not they have thought the idea through and are prepared to implement it. Panelists had an opportunity to ask questions and offer suggestions to the team. The panelists unanimously approved the project! The panelists included John Tessini, Bob Tremblay, Mike Walsh and Richard Villani .
We would like to thank the youth who worked so hard on this project, the panelists,and especially Jessica Friswell of the United Way of Tri-County’s Youth Venture program!

For more pictures, click here.