The Depot is a non-profit community organization providing our high school children with a drug and alcohol free environment.
In 1989 a group of Darien parents and high school students saved an historic train station slated for demolition. Starting with only a dream, they created The Depot, a drug and alcohol-free teen center. In September, the renovated facility was dedicated and the rest is history; a vision fulfilled.
The Depot is overseen by an Adult Advisory Board (AAB) and run by the Student Governing Board (SGB) under the supervision of a full time director and part time staff. Together the two boards form a coherent team. The AAB focuses primarily on fundraising, capital building projects, and operations management. The SGB is responsible for day-to-day programming, creating and enforcing the rules of conduct, and for ongoing participation in community outreach.
The Depot is a valuable town asset. It provides Darien teenagers with a supervised, substance-free environment in which to socialize. The Depot has also become increasingly involved in community outreach. The members of the SGB benefit from their unique roles and responsibilities while the student population at large benefits from the wide array of programming designed by their peers.