To help Danbury Public School students achieve personal and academic success.

Our mission is accomplished through collaboration and fostering cooperation among businesses, the community, the Danbury Board of Education and Danbury Public Schools to deliver mentoring and scholarship programs.


1. Collaboration between public schools, businesses & the community

2. Positive role models

3. Student achievement, personal and academic

4. Confidence, character and self-esteem as vehicles to success

5. Successful transition into post-secondary education, workforce and society

6. Life-long learning

7. Volunteerism


DSABC is a 501c3 non-profit organization, founded in 1990, formed as a collaborative community organization between Danbury Public Schools and local corporations. The initial purpose of DSABC was to foster cooperation among businesses, the community and the Danbury Public Schools to promote lifelong learning and the successful transition of youth into society and the workforce.

The organization enlisted volunteers from business and industry in programs such job shadowing, career fairs, project mentoring, with the cornerstone program being its school based mentoring program. The school based mentoring program began with 40 mentor-student matches.

Currently, DSABC’s primary programs are the school based mentoring programs, providing approximately 200 mentors to students in the Danbury Public Schools as well as Henry Abbott Regional Technical School. Mentors for the program are recruited primarily through area corporations/businesses and the community at large.


Ellen Meyst, Executive Director


Sheryl Colucci, Mentoring Program Coordinator


Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Michael Ferguson; Chair - Danbury Hospital, Post University

Jen Tomaino; Vice Chair - Union Savings Bank

Maureen Decker; Secretary - "VOW" Volunteers Open Worlds

Farley Santos; Treasurer - Savings Bank of Danbury

Board Members at Large

Sarah Bollert, Cartus

Judy Coco, Danbury Public Schools

Ed Dayton, Branson Ultrasonics (retired)

Marnie Durkin, Principal, Ellsworth Avenue School

Ralph Mancini, Praxair

Ellen Meyst, Executive Director, DSABC

Dr. Sal Pascarella, Superintendent, Danbury Public Schools

Ralph Pietrafesa, The Ice Cream Guy, Danbury BOE

Robert Port, IBM (retired)

Crystal Taft, Supervisor of Middle School Special Education, Danbury Public Schools

Carl Zinn, Ametek


Companies can invest in youth mentoring by encouraging their employee’s participation and through financial support. In return for these investments, businesses have seen increased employee productivity and improved morale. Business engagement in youth mentoring helps to prepare the future workforce.



Boehringer Ingelheim

Branson Ultrasonics


City of Danbury

Collins Aerospace


Crown World Mobility

Danbury Public Schools


Eversource Energy

Federal Corrections Institution



Naugatuck Valley Community College

Newtown Savings Bank

People's United Bank

Pitney Bowes

Savings Bank of Danbury

Union Savings Bank

Wells Fargo

Western Connecticut State University

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