Read Our Stories

DSABC mentors have made a difference in the lives of students since our start in 1990. Their dedication and commitment help drive our organization.  Here are just some of the remarkable stories about the impact they have made. 

Make a Gift

DSABC relies on your support to provide the resources to deliver our programs to Danbury Public School students. Your generosity makes it possible for us to help make a difference and lead youth to future success in life.

Become a Mentor

Ready to make a difference in someone’s life in just one hour a week? Mentoring is one of the most rewarding opportunities to give back to the community. A word of encouragement, support and friendship, all help build character and confidence.

Who we are


One-on-One Mentoring

Matches a supportive and caring adult who assists students to succeed in school by developing a one-on-one relationship.


Mentors provide guidance and advice on developing workplace skills to students enrolled in Danbury ECO via an online platform.

Scholarship Program

Awards scholarship for post-secondary educational pursuits to students participating in the One-on-One Mentoring Program upon high school graduation.

Internship Program

Students gain valuable workplace skills while businesses and community organizations equip them with the necessary tools for success.

News & Events

  • Graduate shares DSABC experience: ‘My mentor literally saved my life’

    Annual breakfast honors volunteers, students - At this year’s annual Danbury Schools and Business Collaborative (DSABC) breakfast to honor mentors and their students, the Executive Director Ellen Meyst shared...

    May 16, 2019
  • Danbury Mentor Being Honored After 20 Years of Service

    Jim Moretti remembers the day when he was asked to help mentor some Danbury public school students in need. It was a question that he said changed his life. “It was like a calling for me,” said Jim...

    May 8, 2019
  • Cartus Hosts a Mentor & Mentee Gathering

    Cartus hosted a field trip for mentors and students to gather at Cartus worldwide headquarters in Danbury on April 11th. A dozen students who participate in the DSABC program were excited to visit the office and see where their mentors work...

    April 11, 2019
  • Random Acts of Kindness - Valuable lessons and bike surprise for adults and students

    When approximately 66 employees from Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) gathered together on March 29th for a day of teambuilding, they had no idea what the outcome would be. BI teamed up with L.E.A.D. USA, a national team-building organization based here in CT...

    March 29, 2019
  • DSABC Supporters Gather for An Evening of Wine Tasting

    DSABC hosted our second annual Evening of Wine, Beer and Food Tasting fundraiser on March 22nd at Stew Leonard's Wines & Spirits. Over 120 attendees enjoyed tasting a wide selection of wine while mingling with friends, mentors and DSABC supporters...

    March 22, 2019
  • The Savings Bank of Danbury Foundation Supports Danbury Public Schools Students With A Grant For Mentoring

    DSABC joined representatives from numerous non-profit agencies at a reception on March 7th hosted by Savings Bank of Danbury. The reception celebrated the great work being done in our community as well as the generosity of...

    March 7, 2019
  • National Mentoring Month Art Contest

    In celebration of National Mentoring Month, DSABC invited mentees to enter our first ever Art Contest. Students in elementary school (K-5) were encouraged to draw a picture illustrating their favorite thing to do with their mentor...

    February 15, 2019
  • Praxair, Inc. Awards Scholarships

    The Praxair Legal and Real Estate Departments creatively raised funds that they generously donated to DSABC to provide scholarships to students at Danbury High School. Students participating in both the One-on-One Mentoring Program and...

    February 6, 2019
  • DSABC Luncheon Highlights Anxiety Awareness - Mentors learn to recognize signs of stress

    Today’s students are increasingly exposed to new realities from 24/7 technology to lockdown drills and conflicts over immigration. One result of these mounting pressures is a rise in childhood anxiety rates. But how do adults know when a child’s anxiety is...

    January 23, 2019
  • City of Danbury Recruitment Event

    City of Danbury liaison and mentor, Karen Ledan, organized a recruitment event at the Danbury Police Department on January 10th. Ledan, who has been mentoring the same student for 11 years, expressed what a great experience mentoring has been for her...

    January 10, 2019
  • Union Savings Bank Inspiring Growth

    Thank you, Union Savings Bank, for the opportunity to meet your new employees and present our mentoring programs and volunteer opportunities. In celebration of National Mentor Month, USB's newest employees packaged "Sunflower Grow Kits" ...

    January 7, 2019
  • Spreading Holiday Cheer

    As the holiday season approached, DSABC was happy to replenish some of the games, puzzles and crafts that mentors use with their students at a number of schools. The school liaisons provided helpful suggestions and we enjoyed seeing the smiles on the students’ faces...

    December 14, 2018
  • New Mentor Recruitment at Boehringer Ingelheim

    Boehringer Ingelheim invited DSABC to participate in their Wellness Fair at their US headquarters in Ridgefield. It was a wonderful opportunity to speak directly with many BI employees about our mentoring programs and volunteer opportunities...

    November 13, 2018
  • Danbury Early College Opportunity Meet and Greet

    Freshmen participating in the Danbury Early College Opportunity (DECO) program met with their on-line mentors in person on October 26th at Danbury High School. While the Workplace Learning e-Mentors typically engage with their students via an online platform...

    October 26, 2018
  • Back to School Drive

    Danbury Hospital helps students prepare for the new school year with Back to School Drive. The Information Desk department at Danbury Hospital collected funds to purchase school supplies that they generously donated to students participating in the DSABC One-on-One Mentoring Program...

    October 22, 2018
  • Mentors & Mentees Meet at Praxair

    raxair hosted their annual field trip for students and mentors to get together at Praxair worldwide headquarters in Danbury. Nine students who participate in the DSABC program were eager to visit the office and join their mentors at work...

    October 16, 2018
  • DECO Program Celebrates Student Success

    By gaining workplace knowledge through internships and acing college-level courses, students in the Danbury Early College Opportunity (DECO) program at Danbury High School are making the most of their experiences. On June 13th, DECO held its Internship Exposition and Celebration at DHS...

    June 13, 2018
  • Paying it Forward: DSABC Annual Breakfast Celebrates Mentors - Annual breakfast honors volunteers, students

    Many of the volunteers who mentor for Danbury Schools and Business Collaborative (DSABC) remember having an influential adult who helped them while they were growing up. Being a mentor for DSABC is their way of paying it forward...

    May 29, 2018

Fran, Community Member

“It’s a way of helping someone else change their life and in fact, it changes your life too. You grow on both sides.”

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