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Thriving Youth Darien is a volunteer coalition that brings together local community organizations to promote and empower positive youth development and mental health, with the goal of reducing teen substance use. The diverse group includes mental health, substance use and healthcare professionals as well as leaders from the schools, police, town government and clergy.

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Thanks to its federal Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Grant, Thriving Youth Darien, in partnership with the Darien Public Schools, anonymously surveys Darien 6-12th grade students about their mental health and substance use patterns every two years and presents the results to parents and the community. The findings are also used to inform our members' educational program planning. The results of this year's survey will be made available in the fall of 2023.

Thriving Youth Darien members have also provided insight and guidance for our recent marijuana education campaign and the nationally recognized "06820" campaign to examine the impact of alcohol on the teen brain and to encourage healthier attitudes and behaviors among adolescents in Darien. Thriving Youth Darien, which is convened by The Community Fund of Darien, was created in 2008 and meets every other month during the school year. Members include a diverse group of more than 50 leaders from 35 organizations serving youth in Darien.

Thriving Youth Darien Executive Board​​

Thriving Youth Darien is led by an engaged volunteer Executive Board including:

Susannah Lewis, Co-Chair
Christina Passaretti, Co-Chair

Rebecca Campbell, Vice Chair/Student Survey Committee Co-Chair
Sara Mirsky, Programming Committee Co-Chair
Jaime Perri Programming Committee Co-Chair

Jen Gardner, Programming Committee Co-Chair
Emily Kroenlein, Student Survey Committee Co-Chair
Detective Bryan Wallman, Darien Police Department Liaison
Jennifer Fallon, Communications Chair
Allegra Erickson, Former Co-Chair/Member at Large

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2023-2024 Thriving Youth Darien Meeting Schedule

*9:30-11am, Darien Library Conference Room

  • September 21

  • November 16

  • January 18 *via Zoom

  • March 21

  • May 16

Thriving Youth Darien Member Organizations

Center for Hope - Family Centers
Child Guidance Center of Southern CT
Darien Chamber of Commerce
Darien High School 
Darien Library
Darien Police Department
Darien Public Schools Administration
Darien Scouts
Darien YMCA 
Domestic Violence Crisis Center
Family Centers
Greenwich Education Group
Kids in Crisis
Liberation Programs
Middlesex Middle School
Newport Academy
​Noroton Presbyterian Church

Rep. Jim Himes
Saint Luke's Parish
Sasco River Center
SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee)
Silver Hill Hospital
State of  CT
The Community Fund of Darien
The Depot Youth Center
The Hub
The Rowan Center
Town of Darien - Health Department
Town of Darien - Human Services
Town of Darien - Selectman’s Office
Town of Darien - Youth Commission
Trinity Church
YWCA of Darien/Norwalk

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