Hazing documentary to be held at library as part of teen drinking awareness campaign

In September 2004, fraternity pledge Gordie Bailey died from alcohol poisoning after passing out on a couch in his fraternity house following a hazing initiation at the University of Colorado. In 2008, The Gordie Foundation produced Haze, a documentary telling Gordie’s story and discussing the issues surrounding college drinking and hazing. This program is for parents and mature high-school aged students.

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Greenwich Student Receives Honorable Mention for Rx Drug Abuse Slogan

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Health info night

On Thursday, January 19, at the Darien Public Library, Ingrid Gillespie, Executive Director of Communities 4 Action, and Emily Larkin, Thriving Youth Program Coordinator at The Community Fund of Darien, announced the winners of the NoRxAbuse.com slogan contest.

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Campaign Launched to Counter Darien’s Troubling Rate of Teen Binge Drinking

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What does 06820 mean to you? In Darien we value education, celebrate our successes, and are compassionate in times of need. We look out for our neighbors. But there is a critical way we’re falling short: 06820 is also a place with a troubling rate of teenage binge drinking.

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First Congregational Church Gives $15,000 to The Community Fund’s Thriving Youth Initiative

camera-download-9-21-16-122This spring, The First Congregational Church of Darien’s Board of Outreach raised $15,000 to benefit local nonprofits through their 2016 Darien House Tour: Homes with a Heart. In addition to the house tour, this fundraising initiative included a parenting event, art show and “party with a purpose.” The Community Fund of Darien’s Thriving Youth Initiative was selected by the Board of Outreach as the lead beneficiary.

The Thriving Youth Initiative seeks to promote healthy development among Darien’s youth in response to recent alarming trends evident in The Community Fund of Darien’s survey of teens over the past seven years.  Results show that substance abuse is on the rise among teens and that both resilience and resistance skills are declining.

The Thriving Youth Initiative will dedicate $100,000 each year, over the next five years, to implement a strategic prevention plan to reduce substance abuse and improve mental health among Darien’s 12 to 17-year-olds and their parents. The additional funding provided by the Darien House Tour will expand the initiative’s prevention efforts into the preschool and elementary school populations. The First Congregational Church of Darien is proud to support this effort to build in our children the skills needed, including resilience, self-esteem and coping, for a lifetime of healthy decisions.

 

The Community Fund of Darien Invites the Community for a screening of “No Letting Go”

Please join us for a free screening of “No Letting Go” on Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:30 pm at the Darien Library.

After the film there will be a Q&A with writer/producer Randi Silverman. The film is based on Silverman’s own experience coping with her son’s mental health disorder.

The film is appropriate for middle and high school students and is sponsored by The Community Fund of DarienDarien Library andLaurel House