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Darien Youth Commission Mission Statement

Youth Commission Members 2018-19

 2019 Meeting Schedule

Agendas & Minutes

 

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 and can either pay at each event, or for your convenience, a pre-paid discounted option is available covering entrance to all TOPS events. Events are grade-level specific with the exception of four events together which are for both 7th & 8th Grade TOPS members.  

THE 2018-19 TOPS PROGRAM INFORMATION (EVENTS, DATES, PRICING, RULES/REGULATIONS & REGISTRATION DETAILS) ALL LISTED BELOW.  TOPS REGISTRATION WILL BEGIN 8/20/18.  WE LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOUR CHILDREN (AND YOU AS VOLUNTEERS) TO THE 2018-19 TOPS PROGRAM.  

 

 

As a reminder, it is the expectation that all parents support the TOPS program by volunteering at least once throughout the school year.  To make it easy for you, please click on the (grade-level) sign-up genius link below:

 

 

 

SPECIAL FAMILY, YOUTH & COMMUNITY EVENTS

 


  • COMMUNITY FESTIVAL OF ARTS & SCIENCES  --   2019 ARTS FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE IN THE TOWN HALL GYM FROM 1:00 - 3:00 P.M. SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2019. In addition to celebrating the importance of arts in the lives of our young people, we will be exploring the world of science as well!  The free afternoon of hands-on arts & sciences for the kids is made possible by the generosity of local not-for-profit agencies & organizations along with partner businesses. Afternoon includes dance, crafts, science experiments, face-painting, caricaturists, entertainment and more. Click here for a informational flyer.    (CASEY CARLE'S BUBBLEMANIA SHOW WILL IMMEDIATELY PRECEDE THIS EVENT @ 12:15 IN THE TOWN HALL AUDITORIUM -- $4.00 PER PERSON ENTRANCE FEE FOR THE BUBBLE SHOW.)
  • DARIEN DASH -- COMMUNITY-WIDE SCAVENGER HUNT!   HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR TOWN?!?   Challenge yourself & others in the 3rd Darien Dash -- Town-Wide Scavenger Hunt! 2019 DARIEN DASH SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2019
  •   TILLEY POND MODEL BOAT REGATTA -- 2019 REGATTA IS SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019   
  • ANNUAL FAMILY CONCERT SERIES 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-- JUNE & SEPTEMBER June & September screenings. Co-sponsored by the Darien Parks & Recreation and the Darien Youth Commission. Start-time at dusk (varies according to sunset times/time of year). ALWAYS free admission
  • ANNUAL FAMILY DAY DINNER @ THE DARIEN YMCA  Sponsored by the Darien YMCA, the TYTF, 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.  Close to 50 families participated in this year's festivities which included dinner, arts & crafts, gym games, swimming and more and took place on Friday, September 21, 2018.
  • 21st ANNUAL HALLOWEEN WINDOW PAINTING CONTEST -- 2018 Halloween Window Painting Contest was held on Saturday, October 20. 30 teams of middle and high school aged students painted merchant windows throughout the town.  Winners are: 
21st Annual Halloween Window Painting Winners

  • COMMUNITY-WIDE MOVIE TO BENEFIT DARIEN HUMAN SERVICES HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE  Annual event benefiting the Human Services Holiday Gift program. Free tickets to feature movie @ the Darien Playhouse. In lieu of payments, movie-goers are asked to bring new, unwrapped gift, toy or gift card.   This event typically takes place late November/early December and is a terrific opportunity for the community to support the needs of locals right here in Darien.
 

 

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, visit the Community Fund of Darien's Thriving Youth Task Force website.)

 

SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS

TRADITIONAL SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019...the DYC sponsors the Town Camp program, offering two, three-week day camps servicing children who have successfully completed grades K-5.  Three programs based on grade level:  kids who have successfully completed kindergarten (entering grade 1); kids who have successfully completed grades 1 & 2 (entering grades 2 & 3); kids who have successfully completed grades 3, 4 & 5 (entering grades 4, 5 & 6).  Camps run daily from 9:00 a.m. - 3;00 p.m. (with an Early Drop-Off option from 8:00 a.m.).  Program includes a variety of sports, arts & crafts, field trips and entertainers.  Please note, children must be appropriate grade in our system to register online.  Detailed information below.

1.  Click here for FAQ regarding the 2019 Summer Camp Program

2. Click here for detailed Summer Camp 2019 Program Information & Registration Instructions

3. Click here for downloadable Summer camp 2019 Registration Forms

4. Summer Camp Online Registration Link

 

 

 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER ACTIVITY PROGRAM (MSSAP) REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY, MARCH 4

  • For students who have successfully completed grades 6, 7 & 8 (entering grades 7, 8 & 9), this program runs Monday's through Thursday's weekly.  Students may sign up weekly or for all 6 weeks at an adjusted fee.  There is a fee for some field trips which must be paid on the day of the trip.  
  • SUMMER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:  THE YOUTH COMMISSION WILL BE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR OPPORTUNITIES IN MID-FEBRUARY, 2019.
  • COUNSELOR IN TRAINING (CIT) THE YOUTH COMMISSION WILL BE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR COUNSELOR IN TRAINING (CIT) OPPORTUNITIES IN LATE MARCH, 2019.

SUMMER CAMP EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Information regarding the Darien Youth Commission's Summer Camp Counselor program is listed below.  Interested candidates should read through the FAQ and Job Description first.  If all criteria is met, thoroughly complete the application (autofill for your convenience) and return it to the Darien Youth Commission office (youthcommission@darienct.gov or asillars@darienct.gov) starting February 20, 2019.  PARENTS ARE STRONGLY DISCOURAGED FROM BECOMING INVOLVED IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS.