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"The Darien Public Schools are pleased to be a partner with so many community organizations who are committed to supporting the Thriving Youth initiative in Darien.  With so many wonderful young people in this town, it is easy to take them and their many successes for granted.  The Thriving Youth initiative is an important avenue for youth to have greater voice and to strengthen their place in Darien”
~Don Fiftal, Former Superintendent of Schools  2005-2010


                   Click here to see the 2010

                    Thriving Youth newsletter



      What ever happened to CARE Darien?


   It's not gone - it was transformed!  We are still working on creating a "Community of Accountability and Respect for Everyone".  CARE Darien was born out of the asset category of "Boundaries and Expectations" so you can be sure we will continue our efforts to build those assets in town.



                                                                           The Darien Youth Asset Team                                                                                                        




Involving all sectors of our community, we are a catalyst in Darien for developmental asset building through meaningful experiences, opportunities, skills and relationships that benefit all our children.

For more information about Thriving Youth: Connected Community, please contact Coordinator Martha Rhein at The Community Fund of Darien  203-655-8775.

Results from the fall of 2011 survey are in and the Thriving Youth task force is busy looking at the data and sharing it with the community.  Click here for the results and a presentation of the results.

                                Thriving Youth Asset-building Tips                                              

You can build assets every day, everywhere, as many times as you want.  Once you start looking,  you'll find plenty of opportunities that fit your time, energy, resources, commitment and comfort level.  Below are some suggestions for organizations and businesses to promote assets through "tips".  These are focused on the asset categories of "Support" and "Social Competencies".

  • Ask your children about their favorite books.  Why do/did they enjoy them so much?  Share your childhood favorites and talk about a book you recently read that you enjoyed.
  • Talk to your children about decision making.  share how you make decisions, weighing pros and cons, considering the consequences.  Try to empower them to make some of their own decisions.  Talk about what you may have learned from bad decisions.
  • Ask your children if they have ever had to help resolve a disagreement between two or more friends. If so, how did they handle it?  Talk about  peaceful conflict resolution.
  • Ask your children to describe their 3 best friends.  What qualities do they have in common and what makes them unique?
  • Ask your children if they have ever had their trust broken.  How do they think it gets repaired?
  • Get to know the other adults in your children's life (teachers, coaches, neighbors, etc.) Show appreciation for the positive adults in your child's life and talk to your children about your gratitude.
  • Ask your children if they think they are role models for anyone.  Why? Be a good role model - remember that kids hear and see things more than you think.

                                           From the Search Institute resource "Pass It On"

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Thriving Youth Task Force Members

Sam Bocuzzi
Mark Cappelli

Nyisha Clough

Sue DeNunzio
Ingrid Gillespie

April Greene

Dan Haron

Kiki Karpen

Grace King

Sarah Ludwig

Alison Martin

Janice Marzano

Laurie Orem
Beth Paris
Courtney Darby
Marc Power
Martha Rhein

Moira Rizzo

Jamie Roach-Murray
Mary Scalise

Alicia Sillars
Jayme Stevenson
Natasha Torre-Heffron
Marj Trifone

Lynn Tusa
Andy Ward

Eileen Whalen

Laura Young

Police Department, Youth Officer

Police Department, Youth Officer

Kids in Crisis

Council of Darien School Parents
Lower Fairfield County Regional Action Council

YMCA Nursery School

Darien High School, Principal

The Community Fund of Darien
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Youth Minister
Darien Library
Ox Ridge Elementary School

The Depot
Council of Darien School Parents

Darien Senior Center
YWCA Darien/Norwalk
Middlesex Middle School, Counselor
Thriving Youth Coordinator
Marriage and Family Therapist

Stamford Pediatrics

Middlesex Middle School, Counselor

Darien Youth Director

Town of Darien, First Selectwoman
Holmes Elementary School
Darien High School, Faculty and Coach

The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling
Young Life
Darien High School, Psychologist

Darien High School, YAT Faculty Advisor