Through prevention and empowerment efforts we imagine a future where all our youth and adults are free from substance abuse. We envision a community where all citizens have consistent, dependable access to nutritious food. By providing opportunities and programs to grow and expand we empower our youth to reach their full potential. We are bringing together key partners and community members to build a healthier community.
The Milton Community Youth Coalition (MCYC) is a group of people, organizations, and businesses who care about young people in Milton. We are parents, teachers, students, neighbors, legislators, business owners, and organization leaders working together to engage youth in making positive, healthy, and substance free choices through education, programs, and community events.
We believe a community that stands up for its young people is a better place in which to live, work, and play. We fully support the notion that it takes a village to raise a child. We believe that the most effective way to encourage healthy choices is through a holistic approach, bringing the community together to help our young people feel empowered, supported, cared for, and allowing them to take healthy risks (think ropes course) that don’t involve the pressure to use alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. We believe that our future relies on our youth.
What makes Milton Community Youth Coalition stand out? Well, for one thing we are small and we are local. We ARE the community in which we also serve. How many of these important causes can say that your time, money, and energy make a difference right in your own back yard? Made a kid smile? Made a young person feel special, recognized, and appreciated? Remember, these young people are your future employees, neighbors, and leaders. Benjamin Franklin had it right when he said “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
MCYC programming in our community falls into four pillars: health & wellness, food access, youth empowerment, and community engagement. Health & Wellness programming includes community education, parent support, and health policy work to help make the healthy choice the easy choice. Youth empowerment programming include our Above the Influence groups at Milton High School and Milton Middle School as well as our Milton Mentors programs. Food access programs include community dinners, supporting the food programs at the school district, and the Milton Farmer’s Market. Community Engagement includes our partnership with the Milton Recreation Department and special events like National Night Out and Milton Activities Fair.
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