Darien’s Youth Center, The Depot continues to provide a safe, inclusive place for our middle and high school students to connect, grow and give back to the community.  The longest running teen center of its kind in the United States and in existence for over 28 years in Darien, the Depot’s mission is to build a resilient youth and an engaged community. Plans for the year include such relevant and critical programming focused on pressing issues within our community such as substance abuse and mental health.  

Recently, The Depot’s “Girls Night Out” program and the Darien Domestic Abuse Council provided a workshop on Teen Dating Violence, the signs and prevention of dating violence.

When asked what someone can expect when they walk through the doors of The Depot, Janice Marzano, program director says that  “Information is power and we are doing our best to provide our kids with the tools to deal with the unfortunate realities of life. “

Just a few of the many other programs that are offered at The Depot are:

SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), whose mission is to provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of eating disorders, substance abuse, impaired driving, self-empowerment and other destructive decisions.  The program is sponsored by Fresh Green Light Driving School and the Darien Police Association, with Sgt. T.J. Moore and Traffic Officer T. Court Isaac from the Darien PD serving as Advisors.

Respect Works, a group of Darien High School girls and boys, meets once a month, with the Darien Domestic Abuse Council as their mentors; their goal being to bring more awareness to domestic violence, especially in teenage situations. 

The Student League of Darien is a boys’ group founded by Dan Murphy, DHS Class of 2014. The league works to integrate the Darien boys’ community where older boys “induct” younger boys and they spend time together in The Depot lounge watching sports, chipping in for a delivery from Heights Pizza, and getting to know one another.

The Depot Student Governing Board (SGB) is a group of high school students  who meet weekly on Tuesday nights and are responsible for collaborating together to create, run and fundraise for all Depot youth programming. All interested ninth graders may apply and applications are found on the website and are due on Oct. 27.

In addition to programs and volunteer opportunities, The Depot doors are always open after school for Darien youth to spend time in a safe, welcoming place to grab a snack, do homework, play some basketball or just hang out.

For more information on what is happening at The Depot and for ways to get involved with any clubs or organizations, or to donate, please visit: http//dariendepot.com/ or call 203-655-0812.