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Youth Survey Results

2023 survey results will be available in October. Check back for details about our community presentation!

Thriving Youth Darien is a volunteer coalition that convenes local community organizations to promote and empower positive youth development and mental health, with the goal of reducing teen substance use.

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 results to parents and the town.

The findings are used to inform Thriving Youth Darien's members' educational programming and community & school efforts to promote the development of Darien youth ​into healthy, resilient adults and to reduce at-risk behaviors.

*References to survey data by other organizations does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by the Thriving Youth Darien.

Watch a recording of the October 20, 2021 survey findings presentation:

Video Contents:
00:00:05   Welcome- Buck Allen, Thriving Youth Associate
00:03:49    Introduction - Georgette Harrison, LPC, NCC,
                    Director of Clinical & Community Partnerships,
                    Child Guidance Center of Southern CT/TYTF Co-Chair
00:08:36   Survey Methodology - Mitch Dickey, PhD, Licensed
                  Psychologist and Former Yale Research Scientist
00:10:40    Survey Overview & Observations - Georgette Harrison
00:14:10     Student Substance Use Findings
00:29:27    Student Mental Health Findings
00:52:30    Panelist Introduction
                     = Tracey Masella, Rebecca Campbell & Scott McCarthy
00:56.50    Panelist discussion begins
01:20:25     Audience Q&A

Click here to view the slide deck:

Click photo to listen to the "Now We're Talking Darien" podcast discussing the student survey results!

With Liz Geiger, Allegra Erickson & Georgette Harrison (TYTF) and Taylor Carter.

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