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

Youth Commission News

 

DUE TO THE IMPENDING STORM DUE TO HIT OUR AREA ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, WE HAVE POSTPONED OUR DRIVE-THRU FOOD DRIVE BENEFITTING P2P TO SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15.  ALL OTHER DETAILS REMAIN THE SAME (SEE INFO BELOW).

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ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR 6TH GRADE TOPS IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.  IF YOUR CHILD WOULD LIKE TO COME TO THE BOWLING EVENT THIS AFTERNOON AND IS NOT YET REGISTERED, PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE 6TH GRADE TOPS FORM (BELOW), THOROUGHLY COMPLETE AND SEND WITH YOUR CHILD (AND $25) TO THE EVENT.

 

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. 

MOVIE NIGHT IN THE PARK @ HIGHLAND FARM -- FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30TH - REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!!

Co-Sponsored by the Darien Parks and Recreation and the Darien Youth Commission. This year's movie is ENCANTO; Start-time is at dusk (6:30 - 6:45pm) FREE ADMISSION RSVP HERE!!

YOUTH COMMISSION AND PERSON TO PERSON DRIVE-THROUGH FOOD DRIVE -- SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15th 9:00A.M. TO NOON:  

The Darien Youth Commission and Person to Person are proud to partner up for another Drive-through Food Drive. Hunger and food insecurity continue to be a reality for many local families. Darien has proven in the past to be extraordinarily generous in supporting these drives. Taking place on Saturday, October 1st from 9:00a.m. to 12:00 Noon at the Darien Train Station Parking Lot (Koons Lot, across West Avenue from Tilley Pond Park) Volunteers will remove donations directly from donors' cars. Review our flyer here!

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. 

25th ANNUAL HALLOWEEN WINDOW PAINTING CONTEST -- SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22ND

Open to students Grade 6-12 ... teams of up to 5 members are invited to join the fun. Pre-registration is registration and begins in late September. 

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. 

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.

 

TILLEY POND MODEL BOAT REGATTA

Stay tuned for updates.

 

TOPS:

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 OPENS MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2022!

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)

2022 Meeting Schedule

Agendas & Minutes