Darien Youth Commission ~ 203-656-7326

M, W & Th:  8:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.;  TUESDAY:  8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.;  CLOSED ON FRIDAY

For the public's convenience, there is a "drop-box" in the lobby of the gymnasium for those individuals who are uncomfortable with public access.

 

 

INTRODUCING WREATHING FOR SENIORS -- A VERY SPECIAL HOLIDAY ACTIVITY

In partnership with the Mather Senior Center & Nielsen's Florist, during this ongoing pandemic, we need now more than ever to create safe, fun ways to stay connected & bring joy to others!  Student participants are given undecorated wreaths (pick-up in Town Hall on 11/23) to take home and decorate either alone, with family members or small group of (masked!) friends.  Decorated wreaths are returned to Town Hall on 11/30.  Mather Center Seniors can enter the chance to win a wreath during drive-through lunch on Friday, December 4.  Student registration link found here:  https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/darienparksandrec/activity/search?onlineSiteId=0&activity_select_param=2&activity_keyword=wreath&viewMode=list

Detailed wreathing activity flyer found here.  

HOLIDAY WINDOW PAINTING FUN:  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2020  Open to middle & high school students! Teams of up to 5 members must pre-register by downloading registration form, thoroughly completing and returning to DYC office (scan & email to asillars@darienct.gov, mail or drop-off at TH).  

                                     2020 Holiday Window Painting Registration Form

                  2020 Holiday Window Painting Rules/Regulations & Equipment Needed

                  2020 Holiday Window Painting Participant Waiver 

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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR FRIENDS AT  PERSON-TO-PERSON (P2P), PLEASE SUPPORT OUR DRIVE-THROUGH FOOD DRIVE

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 -- 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 NOON

WEST AVE. TRAIN STATION PARKING LOT (KOONS LOT ACROSS FROM TILLEY POND PARK)

(Screened & masked volunteers will remove donations from cars;  donors are asked to remain in their vehicles.)

CLICK HERE FOR EVENT DETAILS AND LIST OF ITEMS MOST NEEDED IN P2P PANTRY

 

 

 

 

Youth Commission News
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Darien Youth Commission Mission Statement
Youth Commission Members 2020-21 (updated 10/1/20)

2020 Meeting Schedule

Agendas & Minutes

23RD ANNUAL HALLOWEEN WINDOW PAINTING CONTEST  -- SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2020.  CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF WINNERS & HONORABLE MENTION RECIPIENTS

 

FIRST PLACE -- HERNON PRADA HAIR (Team 21)

Toby Mossa

SECOND PLACE -- PAPA JOE'S (TEAM 17)

Lia Mastellone, Joslim Burkholder, Kate Johnson, Carina Kulesz, Alyssa Medwar

 

THIRD PLACE -- DR BANK (TEAM 1)

Caroline DaSilva, Helen Whitney

   

WINNERS' RECEPTION AT THE DEPOT 


TOPS The Teen Options Program (TOPS) is sponsored by the Darien Youth Commission. It is endorsed by MMS and made possible through the generous involvement of the TOPS Board and many other volunteers. TOPS is committed to offer affordable, safe, fun, drug and alcohol-free activities for Darien students in 6th, 7th or 8th Grades (both public and private school students). There is a charge for each TOPS event. Participants must be registered.  Events are typically grade-level specific with the a few exceptions.

THE 2020/21 TOPS YEAR WILL LOOK LIKE NONE OTHER.  WHILE WE ALL KNOW THE VALUE & IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL CONNECTIONS DURING A YOUNG PERSON'S LIFE, THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT IS SUCH THAT WE CANNOT OFFER SPECIFIC SOCIAL EVENTS AT THIS TIME. 

OUR PRIORITY IS TO SUPPORT THE BOE & MIDDLE SCHOOL AS THEY NAVIGATE A REOPENING PLAN THAT IS SAFE FOR EVERYONE

WE ARE FOLLOWING THE EVOLVING STATE OF CONNECTICUT RE-OPENING GUIDELINES CLOSELY AND ARE COMMITTED TO FULL COMPLIANCE.  THE TOPS GROUP HOPES TO OFFER SOME SAFE AND FUN EVENTS & ACTIVITIES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AGED KIDS.  THROUGH OUR STRONG PARTNERSHIPS WITH DARIEN PARENTS AND LOCAL VENDORS, WE BELIEVE WE CAN ACCOMPLISH THIS. 

TO THAT END, WE ENCOURAGE ALL PARENTS TO SIGN YOUR CHILD UP FOR THE TOPS PROGRAM.  (MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION AND BEGINS 8/17/20.) THIS REALLY IS A NO-BRAINER.  WHEN WE ARE ABLE TO OFFER TOPS EVENTS, YOUR CHILD WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS.  PLEASE NOTE:  THIS YEAR, PAY-PER-EVENT MEMBERSHIP IS THE ONLY OPTION.  

CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION

 

SPECIAL FAMILY, YOUTH & COMMUNITY EVENTS

  • DARIEN DASH -- COMMUNITY-WIDE SCAVENGER HUNT!  -- POSTPONED
  • TILLEY POND MODEL BOAT REGATTA  -- Saturday, May 2, 2020  Canceled effective 4/8/20 due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and continued need to honor social distancing.
  • ANNUAL FAMILY CONCERT SERIES   --  2020 CONCERT SEASON CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19.         Typically every Wednesday in June @ 6:30 p.m. @ Weed Beach, this is a terrific way to enjoy family-friendly entertainment at one of Darien's greatest resources. (There is a per person/vehicle cost per concert , payable at the beach entrance...beach stickers are not required to attend these events.) 
  • COMMUNITY MOVIE @ WEED BEACH  Co-sponsored by the Darien Parks & Recreation and the Darien Youth Commission, movies at the beach take place the last Friday in June and the Friday of Labor Day weekend.  Start-time at dusk (varies based on time of year). ALWAYS free admission
  • ANNUAL FAMILY DAY DINNER @ THE DARIEN YMCA  2020 EVENT PLANS CONTINGENT ON STATE OF CT RE-OPENING PLANS Annual dinner sponsored by the Darien YMCA, the Thriving Youth Task Force, Darien's prevention council (and a subcommittee of the Community Fund of Darien) & the Darien Youth Commission, this free, fun-filled family event promotes the concept that families who regularly dine together minimize future risk factors. Modeled after CASA's Family Day, this is a great opportunity for families to engage with one another in conversation, fun and relaxation. Typically takes place 3rd or 4th Friday in September.
  • COMMUNITY FESTIVAL OF ARTS & SCIENCES  --   2020 FESTIVAL OF ARTS & SCIENCES WAS SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2020 IN THE DARIEN TOWN HALL GYM.  Thanks to the following organizations who donated their time, talents & treasures to support this event's continued success: Darien Dance Center; MADD Science of Fairfield; Darien Advisory Committee on Sustainability; The Depot's Student Governing Board & Volunteer Club; Pie in the Sky; STEM Venture Unit of Darien; Garden Club of Darien; Darien Environmental Group; Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)

  • Darien's Thriving Youth Task Force -- Involving all sectors of the community, Thriving Youth is Darien’s coalition of concerned youth, community and civic organizations, businesses and individuals working together to provide meaningful relationships, experiences, skills and opportunities to benefit all our children. (For additional information on Darien's prevention council, visit the Community Fund of Darien's Thriving Youth Task Force website.)

 

SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS

2020 MODIFIED SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM ENDED 7/31/20.  CHECK BACK IN JANUARY 2021 TO LEARN DETAILS ABOUT THE 2021 SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM.