The Community Fund of Darien’s Student Groups

We offer opportunities for middle and high school students to get involved in local community service, philanthropy, community-building, and public health initiatives.




Youth Community Fund

The Youth Community Fund (YCF) brings together high school students to learn the value of philanthropy through volunteering and grant-making activities with local nonprofit organizations. To read a more detailed description of the YCF, please click here. We are fully subscribed for the 2019-2020 school year. Please contact Lisa Haas at with questions.

Youth Asset Team

The Youth Asset Team is a student-run branch of The Community Fund of Darien. Our mission is to address substance abuse and mental health by encouraging healthy choices and through community events targeting teens and adults in Darien.

The Youth Asset team meets bi-weekly to assist the efforts of the Thriving Youth Task Force, including:

  • Planning and advertising prevention-related speakers and events
  • Planning alcohol-alternative events for their peers
  • Providing the teen perspective at Thriving Youth Task Force meetings
  • Mentoring Youth Give Back (Middle School) Students

To register for the Youth Asset Team for the 2019-2020 school year, please use the link below.

Youth Give Back

The Community Fund of Darien’s Thriving Youth Initiative offers a bi-weekly asset-building program for 7th and 8th-grade students.

Youth Give Back team members will:

  • Participate in local community service activities
  • Learn how to build assets in their daily lives
  • Lead asset-building and prevention initiatives at Middlesex Middle School
  • Build relationships with High School Youth Asset Team mentor

Youth Give Back students cooked and served meals at local homeless shelters, visited with Seniors at Atria, painted a mural at Building One Community, read to children at Children’s Learning Centers and worked on the grounds at the Darien Nature Center. The Youth Give Back application process for the 2019-20 school year is closed. If you are interested in learning about this group for next year, please email Emily Larkin at

What Our Student Volunteers Say

I loved being part of Youth Give Back this year. I had so much fun helping others. My favorite visit was caroling for seniors at Atria. Patrick Thurlow

Volunteer, Youth Give Back

Being part of the Youth Asset team has made the community, including myself, more aware of the effects and consequences of substance abuse. I enjoyed seeing all we have accomplished this year. Daphne Cutler

Volunteer, Youth Asset Team

My favorite visit this year was Building One Community. We had a really good group this year who were passionate and willing to learn more about philanthropy. Lauren Larizza

Volunteer, Youth Community Fund

Get in touch

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