Darien Youth Commission ~ 203-656-7326

Hours:  M ~ F:  8:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.  CLOSED FRIDAY

 

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Darien Youth Commission Mission Statement
Youth Commission Members 2019-20 (updated 5/5/20)

2020 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.  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.