Darien Youth Commission ~ 203-656-7326
Town Hall Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.; TOWN HALL IS CLOSED ON FRIDAY
UPCOMING FAMILY, YOUTH & COMMUNITY EVENTS:
TOPS REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!!
The Teen Options Program (TOPS) is sponsored by the Darien Youth Commission. TOPS is committed to offering affordable, safe, fun, drug and alcohol-free activities for Darien students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades (public, private and home-schooled students). Students wanting to attend TOPS events are required to pre-register HERE for free, but there is a cost-covering fee associated with each event.
For additional information please scroll down to the bottom TOPS section to find: dates & fees; rules & regulations; TOPS registration options and grade level parent volunteer sign up.
WREATHING FOR SENIORS
A partnership between middle & high school aged students and members of the Mather Senior Center, students are invited to pick up wreaths from the DYC, decorate them and return them for distribution to seniors who attend the very popular daily luncheon at the Mather Senior Center. Advance registration required by students begins early November. Wreaths available for pick-up week of Thanksgiving & returned by 11/29 for distribution at luncheon on 12/1.
Please Return the Wreaths to the Youth Commission Office (Room 110) by Tuesday November 29th for distribution on December 1st!!
25th Annual Halloween Window Painting Contest:
Thank You to participants and merchants alike for making the annual Halloween Window Painting Contest a success!! We could tell there was a lot of thought and care that went into this years designs. Below you will find the list of winners, however everyone is a winner in our book!!!!! We look forward to seeing what designs you come up with next year!!
Darien Youth Commission & Person to Person Drive Thru Food Drive: Date: TBD
The Darien Youth Commission and Person to Person would like to thank everyone who participated in this season's food drive. Stay tuned for our next one!!!
Donations that best serve our community include; Hearty Soups, Cereal, Oatmeal, Pancake Mix, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Canned Fruit & Veggies, Dried & Canned Beans, Fresh Produce, Pasta, Sauce, Protein/Granola Bars, Shelf-Stable Milk, and Baby Food.
ANNUAL FAMILY CONCERT SERIES:
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.) Stay tuned for 2023 line-up.
2023 Darien Youth Commission Events:
Stay tuned for updates.
2022/23 TOPS Events
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 parent volunteers. TOPS is committed to offering affordable, safe, fun, drug and alcohol-free activities for Darien students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades (public, private and home-schooled students).
MEMBERSHIP IN THE TOPS PROGRAM IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND ANY TOPS EVENT!
REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
The TOPS schedule has been created for our incoming 6th, 7th & 8th graders! Annual registration for TOPS is free however there is a cost to attend each TOPS events. And while the COVID-19 guidelines have loosened, we will still be following the Darien Public Schools guidelines as well as those recommended by the Town of Darien Health Department. We appreciate your flexibility with any changes that may occur throughout the school year.
PARENT VOLUNTEERS: As a reminder, the TOPS program is 99% reliant on parent involvement and support. We would not be able to provide these fun activities for your children without parent help. Below, please find grade-level sign-up genius links where you can easily sign up to volunteer! Thank you in advance for your continued support of the TOPS program. Not only is your help greatly appreciated but also makes it possible to run these fun activities for all of your kids.
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.)
Darien Youth Commission Mission Statement:
The Youth Commission shall act as an advocate for youth services by developing, planning, coordinating and/or conducting programs and/or activities focused on enrichment for the youth of the Town of Darien. This includes, though is not limited to addressing: health, recreation, employment, positive youth development and general welfare requirements of these said youth. Such programs and activities offered shall strive to avoid unnecessary duplication of those provided by public and private agencies.
Youth Commission Members 2022-23 (updated 8-24-22)