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.
Award-Winning Local Partnerships: The Depot hosts and sponsors programs in partnership with community organizations. The “Cops and Kids Adventures” program has been awarded funding from the State of CT to allow the officers to collaborate with kids on several adventure trip activities, one community outreach project, and an awards dinner toward the end of the grant period. 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.
“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. 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. Twice a month these ladies meet to share a meal and conversation and some fun team bonding activities.
National Youth Programs: The Depot hosts and sponsors the local 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.”
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, 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, organizations such Darien Human Services, Wounded Warriors, Feed My Starving Children, Wreaths Across America, and Avenue of Dreams 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 2015-2016 Depot Youth Programming. Visit our calendar to see upcoming programs and events or sign-up for The Depot Doings, our newsletter.