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Milford Youth Center

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

Looking for Donations for our After School MYC Thanksgiving Dinner!

We are reaching out the community to help us prepare a Thanksgiving meal for our After School program on Tuesday, November 21st! Every year, with the help of our MYC Youth Council members, staff prepare a meal full of turkey, sides, desserts and drinks for our After School members. Last year we fed over 100 youth!!!
We are looking to the community (individuals, families, organizations, businesses, restaurants) to donate an item for our meal!?    If you are interested in  participating   , please contact us and we can schedule a time to pick up the item!
Phone:508-473-1756
Thank you in advance!

Town of Milford Updates

In an effort to help Town Hall to get information out to the public, the Milford Youth Center will help distribute upcoming dates and deadlines:

  • Nomination Papers Available for April 3rd Town Election – Monday January 8th at 8:30 am
  • Last Day to Obtain Town Nomination Papers: 2/12/18 by 5pm & Deadline to submit nominations is 2/14/18 by 5pm Town Clerk’s Office
  • Deadline to Register to Vote for April 3rd Town Election: 3/14/18 by 8pm @ Town Clerk’s Office
  • 2018 Dog licensing Starts April 1st 8:30am @ Town Clerk’s Office
  • Town Election 4/3/18: Polls Open 8am until 8pm
  • 2018 Regular Dog License Period ends 6/30/18 at 5pm ($10 late fee added 7/1/18)

Milford Santa Parade 2 Miler!

The Tri-Valley Front Runners and the Milford Fire Fighters are teaming up for the Milford Santa Parade 2 Miler on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3:50
PM! The race will start at the Birch Street Fire Station (21 Birch St.) and will continue on the closed parade route with thousands of excited fans cheering for you and waiting for Santa!!  The race will end at the bottom of Spruce Street where you will be able to watch the parade or proceed around the corner to the Milford Youth Center to get warm and enjoy refreshments. The start line is within walking distance to the Birch Street Fire Station.  All runners will need to provide their own transportation back to the start line following the parade unless you have made other arrangements. To sign up,  click here.

After School Program- November 2017!

Here we are in November. We aren’t ready for the cold, but we certainly are ready for all the fun events that the holidays bring! We had a lot of fun in October with all of our new programming and we have some new programs for November as well. Here are some updates on our new programs as well as our regular scheduled programming.
Our regular scheduled programs are:
  • Open Gym- Open gym is a non-structured program where youth are allowed free play and choice of activities in the gym as well as the rest of the youth center (lounge and game room).
  • Homework Help- Homework help is now at 3:00. We also have tutoring available for free. If you would like to take advantage of this service please email us to set up an appointment.
  • Sewing- Sewing is going strong and we are having so much fun. Led by the very knowledgeable Lisa White with helpers Christine Daddario, and Darlene Dulude. We have already used sewing machines and made a ton of cool projects.
  • Career and College Advising- This class is led by our Program Coordinator, Christine Daddario. For youth ages 14 and up who would like to start working or need help applying to colleges. The majority of work focuses on resume building, job searching, college applications and how to fill out a FAFSA.
  • Crafts- Crafts is also led by Christine Daddario, with help from volunteer Darlene Dulude. The class is all about fun and creativity, and a lot of experimenting from Pinterest. We use a lot of up-cycled materials so youth learn about re-using and the benefits is has on the environment. For the month of November we are focusing on Thanksgiving related crafts.
  • MYC Youth Council- The MYC Youth council is blowing u this year and we keep acquiring new members. The group recently nominated a first time leadership panel as follows: President-Kaitlyn , Vice President- Taylor Smith, Treasurer-Evy Lima, and Social Media Coordinator- Alejandro Rodriguez. The council will also be walking in the Veterans Day parade as well as the Welcome Santa parade. There is still room to join the council if you are interested!
  • Nutrition- Led by Christine Daddario, who has a BS in Nutrition, with help from volunteer Darlene Dulude. The class will focus on making easy and fun recipes as well as tasting new foods. Youth will also be shown the importance of healthy eating through modeling and will be encouraged to make behavior changes through discussion and staff guidance.

Science Club- Led by Victoria Williams, the science club will be a place where youth can go to learn, talk, and experiment with all things science. From discussions to watching experiments, as well as making their own, the science club is a fun and exciting spot for any youth interested in science.

  • CrossFit- We want to thank Marc Pitts from CrossFit Never Doubt as we finish off this class on the 13th of this month. The kids had so much fun and did not expect that they would like this class so much. This class will cycle again in a few months so if you want to try it you will have another chance.
Our new programs for the month of November are:
  • Performing arts-This group will be led my Barbara Brashier who taught performing arts before retiring. Victoria Williams will assist her. This group will focus on acting and rapping where kids get to perform and write monologues as well as learn how to rap.
  • Yoga-Yoga is new this month and will be taught by Cindi Scrimgeour. For Cindi, yoga and mindfulness provide a source of strength and calm in her daily life. Cindi is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, and teaches yoga for wellbeing.  Cindi feels so sure about the benefits of yoga (both on and off the mat), that she became a RYT200 yoga instructor to share the benefits with others.  Mindfulness & curiosity help to keep her and those she teaches, grounded in the present moment.
  • Indoor “Blue Fish” Fishing- This fun one time workshop will train kids how to make the perfect cast and help them be ready for our regular fishing class to start up again when it is warm. Thank you so much to Bob Gilmore who has helped us out with fishing in October. The kids learned so much from him and are eager to learn more.

Nail salon- The nail salon will be Thanksgiving themed this month. Stop by to get your nails done by our talented Assistant Director, Katie Covell!

Updates:
  • We will hold a Thanksgiving dinner for our after-school member on the 21st from 3-5pm. We are always looking for volunteers to help out or donate an item. We will be closed the 22 through the 24th  for the Thanksgiving holiday
  • We will have limited programming during the week of the 27th as we are preparing for the Welcome Santa Parade!

The Milford Youth Center’s after school program is open for youth ages 8-18, free of charge for Milford residents and students, from 2-6 pm Monday through Friday (check monthly calendar for any changes). All Youth members must be picked up by time of closing (unless they walk home). Pick up is outside of the building on 24 Pearl St. There may be additional permission forms to participate, due to some programs being held off site (Transportation is not provided). The game room, gymnasium and lounge, will be opened daily. For registration form, click here.

MYC Job Opportunities!

Are you creative, organized and enjoy working with children and teens? If so, come be a part of the Milford Youth Center team!
In this paid part-time position, you will facilitate and monitor after-school programs for children and teens at the Milford Youth Center.  This position will be utilized for the After School hours from 2-6 PM.  Requirements: Must be at least 17 years of age with demonstrated interest/experience in working with youth.  The positions available are:
* Activities Supervisors – $11/hr
* Front Desk Monitors – $11/hr
For application, click here or visit www.milfordyouthcenter.net Please return to Milford Youth Center, along with a resume, at 24 Pearl St., Milford., MA 01757.

MYC Snack Attack Program!

We are so excited to announce that starting this October we will be able to provide a free snack to every after school member for the rest of the school year! The snack will include a whole grain and/or protein snack, along with either a fresh piece of fruit or a 100% juice beverage!

This program would not have been possible without the collaboration of CACFP, Hockomock Area YMCA and the Milford School Food & Nutrition Services department! We hope this program will help provide our members with a nutritious snack during the gap between their school lunch and  their return home for dinner after our program ends at 6 PM! Please contact our Program Coordinator, Christine Daddario here or call 508-473-1756 if you would like to help pass out snacks for this program!

3rd annual “Help the Youth B-Ball Tournament”

Join us for the 3rd annual “Help the Youth B-Ball Tournament” at the MYC. On Sunday, November 5th, Jay Resto and Jay’s Classic Barber Shop will host a basketball tournament in our  gymnasium at 1 PM. Teams will be coming from Framingham, Westwood and Marlboro to compete.  The Youth Center will also have a team represented!

There will be pizza for sale, music and of course, lots of basketball!  All proceeds will go back to the programs of the Milford Youth Center!

MYC After School Program – October 2017!

The month of September has flown by for us here at the youth center. We’ve been having so much fun, and surprisingly, sun! As we warmly enter into fall and the month of October, we have some new programming and updates to share with you. This month we will be changing the time of our homework help from 2:00 to 3:00. This will make it more available for kids coming from Woodland schools and also give kids a chance to take a break right after school before they start on their homework. We also have a free tutor available. Please email us if you are interested to set up an appointment. Sewing will be starting on October 3rd. This class will be led by Lisa White, Christine Daddario, and Darlene Dulude. The kids will be progressing to using sewing machines this year, which we are pretty excited about. CrossFit is going strong into October. Remember, kids will also get a piece of fresh fruit for participating in this class. Fishing is another popular hit as a new program at the Center. We will have a new volunteer, Bob Gilmore, who is a Mass Wildlife trainer, “Let’s Go Fishing” instructor. He will be assisting with the fishing class. As a reminder, we have a career and college guidance class on Tuesdays, our craft and nutrition classes, which are both continuing in their success, and our nature hikes which give kids another chance to get out into nature. We transitioned from JAG into our very own MYC Youth council which is proving to be very popular this year. The kids are in the process of nominating leadership for the group and we have lots of applications for president, vice president, treasurer, and social media coordinator. As a last note on our programming, our gym staff is always available to run organized games, whatever the kids request. Finally, we are having our annual Halloween event on October 27th from 7-9pm. We will have a haunted maze, pumpkin painting, and fun for the whole family. The cost is $3 per person or $10 for a family. WE are also in search of volunteers for this event, if you would like to help out contact Christine Daddario at 508-473-1756 or cdaddario@townofmilford.com.

Volunteer at the MYC!

“Try it!” This is what our volunteer Rose Mary Natelson wants to say to anybody who is thinking about volunteering at the Milford Youth Center! Rose Mary is a retired teacher and has experience working with youth. She has done other volunteer work in Rochester, New York as well as In Columbus, Ohio. She used to be an adult swim instructor! Rose Mary also volunteers once a week at the Milford Senior Center. She told us that she is still waiting for the kids to warm up to her and advises potential volunteers to not be discouraged! Rose Mary joins us once a week for 1 hour to help kids with their homework!
We can use volunteers Monday-Friday anytime between 2-6 PM! Please contact our Program Coordinator, Christine Daddario here or call 508-473-1756! if you would like to volunteer and complete this volunteer form.

MYC Halloween Party!

The Milford Youth Center’s Annual Halloween Party and Haunted Maze
will be held on Friday, October 27th from 7-9 PM at the Milford Youth Center! The community will be able to enjoy music, snacks, pumpkin & face painting, jumpy and a haunted maze!!! The event is $3/person or $10 per family to attend!

We are also looking for volunteers for our Haunted Maze  and/or to assist MYC Youth Council members with running activity tables! if you are interested in volunteering please call our Program Coordinator, Christine Daddario at (508) 473-1756 or email cdaddario@townofmilford.com