DEPOT YOUTH CENTER VISION:
The Depot Youth Center is a critical town asset sitting at the center of our community providing relevant, age-specific and vital resources for the youth in Darien.
DEPOT YOUTH CENTER MISSION:
Supporting the well-being of our youth by giving them opportunities to connect, grow and give back.
The Depot Youth Center of Darien is thrilled to welcome
New York Times best-selling author and popular podcast and television host Kelly Corrigan to our Fall Luncheon on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at the Country Club of Darien.
Kelly has been called “The voice of her generation” by O: The Oprah Magazine. Her award-winning memoirs offer deeply personal observations about love, friendship, family and connection. It is her ability to connect with so many people that has led to her staggering following on social media, her PBS series (“Tell Me More”), and her hit podcast (“Kelly Corrigan Wonders”). Through her work as a philanthropist and public speaker, Kelly has been involved in launching national conversations about issues and topics that matter most.
FALL 2022-23 Program Registration is OPEN
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Frequently Asked Questions
Got questions? We’ve got answers! Learn more about The Depot Youth Center.
What are the Depot’s hours of operation?
The Depot has programs running Monday through Saturday, from after school through late evening. Drop-ins are always welcome but please see our calendar for a schedule of events to make sure The Depot is open and available.
Who supervises the kids?
Our full time Program Director is on duty at all times and Staff Associates facilitate several programs; the Darien Police regularly visit The Depot to establish a good relationship with the students; the Darien Domestic Abuse Council mentors Respect Works; and Sgt. TJ Moore of the Darien Police Department advises the high school SADD program. Several other local agencies, and organization help facilitate programs from time to time.
Can anyone come?
All Darien (public, private, home schooled) youth are welcome age 6th-12th grade, depending on the program and activity. Guests of Darien teens are welcome on a limited basis if accompanied by a Darien teen and sign in. At the beginning of each academic year, every child and parent are required to complete registration/permission/emergency form and pay a one-time $75 membership fee to participate at The Depot. Scholarship is available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I make a donation to The Depot?
To make a 100% tax-deductible donation right now, please Click Here. Noroton Heights Depot is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Darien, Connecticut. Our donors include foundations, large and small businesses, and private individuals; we also receive state, and local government dollars. Our Tax ID/ IEN # is 06-1269671.
When can I sign up for programs?
Check our website HERE, Program registration will open on June 6, 2022 for fall programing.
How old do I have to be to participate at the Depot?
All Darien (public, private, home schooled) youth are welcome, age 6th-12th grade, depending on the program and activity. See the Youth Program page on our website for detailed information.
Job Opportunities at The Depot
Part Time Assistant Program Director
T, W, Th: 2-5pm (9 hrs)
Friday: 3-9pm (6 hrs)
The Depot Youth Center of Darien is seeking a dynamic, nurturing and creative Associate Director of Programming and Operations. This position is part-time and would be responsible for over-seeing some of The Depot’s signature programs on weekdays after school.
The ideal candidate is an open-minded, flexible and compassionate self-starter with an affinity for and acceptance of all children. She/ he should have outstanding interpersonal, writing and communication skills.
He/ she would be an important member of The Depot’s programming leadership team. Outside of his/her work with kids, this person would be willing to be nimble and assist in pitching in with daily operational needs for this small non-profit. This includes collaborating with other staff to plan programming, order supplies and possibly partake in relevant collaborative community roles. As a small non-profit, any candidate with experience or interest in fundraising and development is a plus.
Please contact Laura Downing to apply.
What students say about us
Darien High School, 2019
“The Depot has always been a place I could go to instantly be a happier, less-stressed, and more confident version of myself…I can’t wait to share all the things I learned with my future friends at school and in life.”
Darien High School, 2018
“My personality didn’t quite align with other people’s, but that didn’t matter. The Depot itself, everything I have gone through with it, has really helped me understand that…It has made me confident in just being myself, rather than trying to fit in.”
Darien High School, 2009
“When I was in high school my parents got divorced. It (The Depot) was a place I could go if a was upset, if I didn’t want to be at home, even if I wanted to be by myself. I thought that things that didn’t matter, mattered. And I think The Depot snapped me out of that to truly become a better person.”
Darien High School, 2018
“In my four years of being part of The Depot, I have experienced tremendous growth into a leader. I started off as a shy and quiet freshman joining the SGB and SLOD and through my years of hard work and experience, I have achieved the positions of Vice President and President, respectively.”