Thriving Youth Task Force
Darien’s Thriving Youth Task Force convenes community organizations and members together to promote and empower positive youth development.
Task Force Members
Task Force members include a diverse group of more than 60 leaders from organizations serving youth in Darien including:
- Darien Public Schools
- Darien Police Department
- Council of Darien School Parents
- Parent-Teacher Organizations
- Darien Youth Commission
- Darien’s Teen Center
- Local Mental Health & Substance Abuse Professionals
- Elected Officials
- Youth Ministers
- Youth-Serving Organizations
Task Force Executive Board
The Task Force is led by an engaged volunteer Executive Board including:
Shelly Skoglund, Co-Chair
James Palmieri, Co-Chair
Susan Marks, Vice-Chair
Marli Hayes, Programming Committee Co-Chair
Janice Marzano, Programming Committee Co-Chair
Georgette Harrison, Subject Matter Expert
Emily Larkin, Grant Program Director
Contact us at ThrivingYouthDarien@gmail.com
2019-2020 Task Force Meeting Schedule
- September 19th
- October 17th
- November 21st
- January 16th
- March 19th
- May 21st
Meetings are held from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Darien YMCA
Darien Student Survey Results
Every three years, The Community Fund of Darien’s Thriving Youth program surveys Darien 7-12th grade students about their developmental assets (the building blocks of healthy development) and their involvement with risky behavior. Click below to learn more about our survey results.
Human Services Planning Council
The Community Fund sponsors the Human Services Planning Council, which brings together non-profit, governmental and educational leaders to discuss, and develop plans to address, social service needs in Darien.
The “Touch a Life” fund is in place to assist Darien residents with urgent financial needs. In cooperation with the Department of Human Services, The Community Fund of Darien will pay essential bills for Darien residents in need (up to $500 per emergency/client). Payments are made directly to the vendor on behalf of the client. For residents in need of assistance, please contact Darien’s Department of Human Services.
Pre-K to 5th Resources
The Community Fund’s Thriving Youth program primarily focuses on positive youth development for 7th-12th-grade students. However, we know that the earlier children start building resilience, self-esteem and adaptive skills, the better. Local pediatricians, social workers, and therapists shared their favorite resources to provide for parents of children in PRE-K through 5th grade regarding these important areas of development.
“You can preach and you can preach, you can tell and you can tell, but we all learn primarily by example. There is something about what we’re not intending that seeps through much stronger than what we are intending.” What does research say about the power of positive role models?
Social-emotional skills include self-management, social awareness, and relationship skills. Learned early, these skills can help children overcome challenges, avoid unhealthy behavior and have a long-lasting impact into adulthood. How can we help children develop these skills?
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is the term given to describe all types of traumatic experiences that occur to individuals under the age of 18. The Kaiser ACE Study examine the relationships between these experiences during childhood and reduce health and well-being later in life.