Two named to Darien's Thriving Youth Task Force

Allegra Erickson and Christina Passaretti will join the Thriving Youth Task Force (TYTF) executive board for the 2021-22 school year.

Erickson will assume the role of Executive Board co-chair, succeeding Shelly Skoglund, who will complete her term this year. Passaretti will serve as vice-chair, succeeding Susan Marks, who will also complete her term this year.

Erickson has served the community on the PTO executive boards of Hindley Elementary, Middlesex Middle School and Darien High School and was a board member, youth asset team adult adviser and community investment executive board member for The Community Fund of Darien.

She has also served as a deacon and on the building committee at Noroton Presbyterian Church. She is currently a Darien Library trustee.

Erickson also has experience as a product engineer at General Motors, a management consultant at AT Kearney, and an admissions reader at the Yale University School of Management. She earned her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University and her graduate degree and graduate of engineering degrees at Northwestern University.

Erickson has lived in Darien since 2005 and is married with three children who have or are now attending Darien public schools.

Passaretti has been an active volunteer in the community since she and her husband moved to Darien 15 years ago. Passaretti was a member of the board of directors of the YWCA Darien/Norwalk and served on their Parent Awareness Committee

She has also served on numerous school committees from her two children’s preschool days to their current school, Darien High School. Passaretti also contributed to The Community Fund of Darien’s community investment review panel.

Passaretti earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Washington and a graduate degree in psychology from Boston College.

The Thriving Youth Task Force, which is convened by The Community Fund of Darien, was created in 2008. The TYTF brings together leadership from the town, the public schools, parent organizations and social service organizations that work with youth, and parents to identify issues affecting the youth of Darien and to develop strategies and programs to promote and empower positive youth development. Every three years, the TYTF, in partnership with the Darien public schools, surveys Darien seventh through 12th grade students about their mental health and substance use patterns, presenting results to parents and the town.

The results of the 2021 survey will be shared with the community this fall. The TYTF members have also provided insight and guidance for the nationally recognized “06820” campaign to reduce binge drinking among adolescents in Darien.

Email info@communityfunddarien.org for more information. Contact Emily Larkin at (203) 655-8775 or at emily.larking@communityfunddarien.org for more information.