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Milford Youth Center

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

MYC AmeriCorps Member Graduates!

Congratulations to Victoria Williams, who graduated from the SCI AmeriCorps Program this month. AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects more than 80,000 citizens (nearly 2,000 in MA) each year in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in education, the environment, public safety (including disaster preparedness and response), health, etc.  Since 1994, 820,000 AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1 billion hours of service.
The Youth Center has been lucky enough to have Victoria as a part of our center, working under AmeriCorps. She has worked diligently leading our youth council, supervising our after-school program, and assisting staff with all fundraisers and events throughout the year. We are excited to announce that she will join us again for the 2017-2018 school year. We are so happy to have created this partnership with AmeriCorps, which began in 2006. The members they provide us with perform essential services for the Center, which are crucial to our outreach and education of our youth.

MYC Director Named Unsung Heroines of 2017!

We are very excited and proud to announce that our Director, Jen Ward, was selected by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as one of the Commonwealth’s Unsung Heroines of 2017!
Annual Unsung Heroine honors go to incredible women who have been nominated by legislators from their districts and selected for their contributions to their community and the Commonwealth.  Unsung Heroines are women who don’t always make the news, but truly make the difference in their communities, businesses, or volunteer endeavors.  These women, without fanfare or recognition, use their time, talent, spirit, and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others.  Jen has certainly gone above and beyond her duties here at the Milford Youth Center in the everyday life of looking out for what is best for the building and the programs that are utilized by kids and families throughout the community. Congratulations Jen! You deserve to be recognized for all your hard work and diligence! For more information on the award, click here.

Yoga at the MYC!

We are excited to continue Yoga for Kids, sponsored by the Milford Regional Medical Center! This is a continuing collaboration between Milford Hospital and the Youth Center, that started with our CrossFit program a couple months ago! The class will be led by Cindi Scrimgeour from Ahimsa Yoga Studio in Milford. Classes started in May and will continue on Mondays in June. The schedule will be as follows:
  • Mondays: June 5th, June 12th and June 19th.

The classes will take place at the Milford Youth Center and will meet at 3:30pm. If you would like more information, contact the Milford Youth Center @508-473-1756 or visit our website: milfordyouthcenter.net. To participate in this free program, you must be a registered member of the Milford Youth Center. Click here for flier.

MYC Fashion Show!

Join us for our 7th annual “Dressed Up Not Messed Up” fashion show at the Milford Youth Center!
The show will take place on THIS  Saturday, June 10th at 6:00PM at the Milford Youth Center. BVT students will be doing hair and make-up and The Chop Shop and Next Generation Barber Shop will be doing haircuts. Clothing will be provided by TJ Maxx. The fashion show is one of our favorite events as it promotes healthy behaviors and activities for our youth.

Through this event we plan to raise awareness about underage drinking and help teens become better informed about the dangers of alcohol so they can make healthy decisions throughout life. We also hope this event will increase youth self-esteem and attitudes toward their body image! This will also be our first fashion show at the newly renovated Youth Center!

Any questions can be directed to Christine Daddario by email here: cdaddario@townofmilford.com
or at the Center at 508-473-1756.   For flier click  here .

MYC Summer Camp Filling Up!

MYC Summer Camp is filling up fast for the summer of 2017! We have a lot of fun field trips (Canobie Lake Park, Water Wizz, Paw Sox, SkyZone, etc.) and exciting activities planned! Make sure to sign up in advance (limited space available).

Camp will be $140/week for Milford Residents, $150/week for non-Milford Residents, or $50 per day to attend.

For registration form, click here. For MYC Summer Camp schedule of activities, click here.

$1,000 Camp Donation!

We would like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to the anonymous local donor who walked into the Center one morning last month and donated $1,000 to go towards our summer camp program! These funds will help provide financial scholarships towards families in need this summer!
Every year we receive donations that help make camp available for local youth in need! It is possible to sponsor an individual camper or a family! !If there are any local businesses, organizations or individuals that would like to sponsor a camper or family this summer, please contact the Center at 508-473-1756! For more information on camp, please visit our website.

Milford Summer Food Service Program!

Join the Milford Area Humanitarian Coalition and the Hockomock Area YMCA as we provide summer lunches to youth and families in Milford through an eleven week summer lunch program, running from late June through the end of August. For flier, click here.

 

They are looking for volunteers to assist with
setup, cleanup, meal service, activities, and special guest visits. Volunteers of all ages are welcome and needed weekdays during the summer between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at three Milford locations:
  • Memorial Elementary School, 12 Walnut St.
  • The Milford Youth Center, 24 Pearl St.
  • The Forum at BCC Downtown, 202 Main St.

Volunteers will be required to undergo a CORI/SORI check and attend a volunteer training. To volunteer: please contact Sarah Randall at

sarahra@hockymca.org or 774-278-1087.

 

Click here for flier if you would like to volunteer for BLITZ Day on June 10th, to help spread the word about the program!

MYC Receives $5,000 CHNA 6 Grant!

The Milford Youth Center is very excited to announce that we received funding fromCHNA 6 to support a consulting position for one year of grant writing. With the assistance of a grant writer, the Milford Youth Center is looking to target grants that will directly increase the nutritional and physical fitness programming at the Center. Our proposal will address CHNA’s “Priority Area 1: Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion,” with the goal of creating healthier communities and prevent chronic disease by improving nutrition and increasing physical activity! We would like to thank CHNA 6 for this award and for allowing Youth Center staff to present at their May meeting to discuss the successes of our nutrition program, also a result of a CHNA6 Grant! Click herefor a PowerPoint of the presentation!

Milford Bar Association Donation!

We would like to thank the Milford Bar Association for their generous donation that they presented last month to the Center! As part of their last quarterly meeting, The Milford Bar Association had Attorney Dan Doyle as their guest speaker. Dan spoke about his book, “The Jesus Trial,” and he donated a number autographed copies of the book for purchase, with all proceeds to be donated to charity. Dan also founded the Blackstone Valley Boys & Girls Club in Blackstone Valley and has been its Chairman of the Board since its beginning; the 12 acre facility provides services to over 1000 children in Blackstone Valley throughout the year. In recognition of Attorney Doyle’s commitment to youth services, the Greater Milford Area Bar Association decided to donate these funds to the Milford Youth Center.    “Considering Dan’s devotion to providing a positive environment for our area’s youth, we felt that the funds raised through Dan’s generosity should be donated to an organization with similar goals.” – Stephen J. Patton
(Picture includes (L-R: Attorney Teresa Persico, Stephen J. Patton, Jen Ward, Director of Milford Youth Center and Michael M. Kaplan)

MYC Kid’s Play: 0-5 Play Group!

Our MYC Kid’s Play Group will continue in June! This is a children’s play group for parents and/or guardians to bring their kids to play, craft, and socialize! The groups will run every Thursday morning from 9:30 am to 11:30 (with the exception of June  8th).

 

Each session will include activities such as circle time, free play, crafts, snack, story time, and clean up! There is a requested donation of $5 per family per session, so the MYC can continue and expand groups like these. Come on down and bring your child to run and play while adults socialize and meet other families in the community! We would like to thank the Milford Fire Department for joining us for our “Safety” themed group! The families we are able to see a fire truck and fireman! For flier, click here.