The Depot encourages student participation in philanthropy and supports a variety of leadership initiatives and community programs, including …
Families in Recovery Program
The Families in Recovery Program, FIRP as it is known at the Depot, is a program for families recovering from addictions. FIRP is part of Liberation Programs, Inc. and is housed at 141 Franklin Street at the St. Luke’s Lifelong Learning Center. A group of girls from the Depot have started going to the center with Janice to meet with the women in the program. The women tell their stories to the girls and the girls listen, question and listen some more. Because these women have very little of a material nature, the FIRP Kids (the Depot kids who are involved in the program) find ways to raise money and help make the lives of these women a little brighter.
KIDS IN CRISIS Youth Corps
Kids in Crisis provides free, round-the-clock, crisis intervention, temporary emergency shelter and prevention programs for kids ages birth to seventeen. There are 2 shelters located in Cos Cob which serve all of lower Fairfield County.
The Kids in Crisis Youth Corps is a volunteer program for high school aged teens from Fairfield County towns including Westport, Weston, Wilton, Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Greenwich and Ridgefield.
The Youth Corps meets on the first Thursday of each month at the Depot from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. This group works on different projects for KIC and helps to spread awareness about the services available. The Youth Corps also “host” events for the younger kids staying in the shelters. These events usually include games, pizza and fun and are held at the Depot.
Originally, the mission of the SADD chapter was to help young people say “No” to drinking and driving. Today, the mission has expanded. Students have told the leadership of SADD that positive peer pressure, role modeling and environmental strategies can prevent other destructive decisions and set a healthier, safer course for their lives. And that is why SADD has become a peer-to-peer education, prevention, and activism organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence, and teen suicide.
Originally founded as Students Against Driving Drunk, the organization has become the more all-encompassing Students Against Destructive Decisions. The mission of SADD is “To provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving and other destructive decisions.”
The DEPOT formed a new chapter of SADD in the spring of 2009. Officers include Kenny Weiss (President), Sophie Watters (Vice President), Sophie Doering (Secretary), and Kristi Carey (Treasurer). The chapter meets the 1st Wednesday of each month @ 7pm.
|Don’t get in a car with a driver who has been drinking!!
There is Safe Rides. Any high school student in the town of Darien can call safe rides on a Friday or Saturday night for a SafeRide HOME, by dialing 655-6551. Make sure your DHS students know this number.
Student Governing Board
Mom & Pop Shop
Each month, join Darien Youth Officers Sam Boccuzzi and Mark Cappelli for an informal roundtable discussion on matters that affect your family and your teens.
Bring your questions and concerns!