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

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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



Parent Awareness Community Calendar

The Parent Awareness Community Calendar, hosted by the YWCA of Darien, aims to provide families in Darien and the surrounding communities with information to encourage the healthy, positive development of their families at all ages and stages.

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.

Our Darien Campaign

Our town campaign is designed to point a laser focus on the hard science of how detrimental teen alcohol abuse really is, and to offer proven tactics towards healthier attitudes and behaviors.

Since its release the “Our Darien” campaign has been recognized for its innovative approach to prevention at local, state and national conferences, including the National Prevention Conference, Anaheim, CA in 2017.

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.

Role Modeling

“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?

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40 Developmental Assets

Research from the Search Institute identifies 40 Developmental Assets that have a powerful, positive impact on young people. How do we build assets in our children’s daily lives?

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Social-Emotional Skills

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?

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Children’s ability to thrive despite challenges arises from the skills of resilience. How to do we equip our children to adapt well to adversity, tragedy and stress?

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Research shows mindfulness mitigates the effects of bullying, reduces attention problems, improves mental health and more. What are some mindfulness activities we can try with our children?

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Adverse Childhood Experiences

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.

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For a comprehensive list of additional resources including videos, articles, websites, and podcasts, please click here.

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