PROGRAMS, EVENTS, FUNDRAISERS AND VOLUNTEERISM
Youth Program Series: These Depot hosted and sponsored activities are created and managed by Darien youth. Participating students are charged with planning, marketing and fundraising to support programs series, as well as recruit volunteers and work with mentors, local business owners and town officials as necessary. Our programs are for Darien residents, whether public, private, or home schooled.
Award-Winning Local Partnerships: The Depot hosts and sponsors programs in partnership with community organizations. The “Cops and Kids Adventures” program is funded by the Darien Police Department and runs from September though May. The focus is on providing opportunities for youth to interact with and learn from the Darien Police Department in a friendly, interactive environment as well as host, socialize, and form friendships with special needs adults who have had a very different life experience despite living in the same town. The first 20 applicants ( 6th, 7th and 8th graders) are accepted and the application can by found HERE. Adventures this year include EMPOWER Leadership Sports and Adventure Center, a tour of the Darien Police Department, Soar Indoors, Skyzone, Bowlmor and learning discussions with our police department.
“Girls Night Out” brings together high school girls and women of all ages who are in recovery for various addictions and are living at Ginis House through the Families in Recovery Program (FIRP) in Norwalk CT. The award winning program is run on an Enhancement Grant from the Sate of Connecticut Department of Education. This is a 10-family, long-term inpatient program unique to Fairfield County that welcomes pregnant and parenting women and their children to keep the family together during treatment. Respect Works and ONE LOVE/DHS Chapter also attend. Twice a month these ladies meet to share a meal and conversation and some fun team bonding activities, focusing on empowerment, strength and well being, and they even take field trips together. The older high school girls recruit younger girls to join each year.
National Youth Programs: The Depot sponsors the Darien Depot Chapter of the National Program SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). SADD’s mission is “to provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving and other destructive decisions.” The program is sponsored by Fresh Green Light Driving School and the Darien Police Association, with Sgt. T.J. Moore and Traffic Officer T. Court Isaac from the Darien PD serving as advisors.
Other Youth Programs: Respectworks, a group of Darien High School girls and boys, meets once a month work with the Darien Domestic Abuse Council as their mentors; their goal is the bring more awareness to domestic violence, especially in teen age situations. The Student League of Darien (SLD) is a boys’ group founded by Dan Murphy, DHS Class of 2014. The league works to integrate the Darien boys’ community where older boys “induct” younger boys and they spend time together in the lounge watching sports, chipping in for a delivery from Heights Pizza, and getting to know one another.
Youth Events: Youth at The Depot organize events to promote Depot program series, local and national programs, thank community partners, and introduce a wider cross section of the community to the Depot’s mission all the while building event planning and hosting skills, practicing public speaking and promotional skills as well as serving as role models. Celebrity Chef Nights, DHS Theater 308 Reception, LGB Meetings, and Depot tours for Darien middle school parents are among an average of 15 events that take place each month September – June.
Youth Fundraisers: Youth at The Depot organize fundraisers to support specific causes they identify as important as well as youth programming and events. Fundraisers include car washes, Drop the Mic, 3×3, , basketball tournaments, the Darien Diner and band nights. In the past, many organizations such Person-to-Person, Darien Human Services, Wounded Warriors, Feed My Starving Children, Wreaths Across America, Avenue of Dreams and MANNA, (a food pantry at Christ Community Church), have received funds and gifts-in-kind from Depot youth.
Youth Volunteerism: Kiwanas, Darien Youth Commission, Chamber of Commerce and Darien Public Schools are among the many town organizations that source enthusiastic and supportive youth volunteers through the Depot.
For detailed information on the programs outlined here, download this detailed summary of 2016-2017 Depot Youth Programming. Visit our calendar to see upcoming programs and events or sign-up for The Depot Doings, our newsletter.