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.
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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 $50 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 1, 2021 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.
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.”