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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 more than 50 leaders from 35 organizations serving youth in Darien, including 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 youth 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 were presented on October 12th (click the "Youth Survey" button above for info).

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 was created in 2008 and meets every other month during the school year. The Community Fund of Darien is the fiscal agent for the DFC grant.

Thriving Youth Darien Executive Board​​

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

Sarah McCarty, Thriving Youth Program Director

Christina Passaretti, Co-Chair
Rebecca Campbell, Co-Chair/Youth Survey Committee Co-Chair

Kelly Dupont, Vice Chair

Emily Kroenlein, Youth Survey Committee Co-Chair

Amy Daniels, Programming Co-Chair

Kathy Lokerse, Programming Committee Co-Chair

Jen Gardner, YMCA Liaison
Detective Joe Cusano, Darien Police Department Liaison
Susannah Lewis, Former Co-Chair/Member at Large

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2024-2025 Thriving Youth Darien Meeting Schedule

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

  • September 26

  • November 14

  • January 16 *via Zoom

  • March 20

  • May 15

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

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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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