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Great Valley Creating a New Age of Learning

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The Great Valley School District partners annually with community organizations and professionals to bring learning opportunities to our community. These events focus on both the physical and mental well-being of the community and, specifically, our students. All events are free to the public, but registration in advance is required. 


Supporting Families through the "New Normal" of Cannabis

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
District Office Board Room (100 Lindenwood Drive, Malvern)

The historic social norms surrounding cannabis use are fertile ground for relaxed attitudes regarding risks to youth. Mixed messages and misinformation surround today’s cannabis, which bears little resemblance to the substances being used 10 years ago, let alone in previous generations.

We’ll provide information about current trends, as well as tools for parents and educators to have meaningful conversations with kids.


Healthy Boundaries
Healthy Family

Many parents struggle with finding balance in their relationships with their kids. What does having healthy boundaries mean? We want to have a close connection, but are we trying to be their friend? We know we need to keep an eye on their behaviors, but are we invading their privacy?


Past Events

21st Century Teens

Adolescence is a crucial time of transition and growth, so we want to give our kids tools that prepare them for life’s challenges. In order to cope with increasing anxiety, it isn’t surprising that teens are drawn to behaviors that distract or numb uncomfortable feelings, including go-to distractions like social media, gaming, shopping, food, relationships, exercise and increasingly potent and available substances. This program provided support and useful tools from experts who have dedicated their lives to understanding and treating teens & young adults.

Youth Metal Health First Aid

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Youth Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.

Funded by a grant in partnership with the Chester County Intermediate Unit.

Smarter Parents: Safer Kids

This 2-hour workshop, offered by The Crime Victims' Center of Chester County, Inc., teaches families how to talk to their child(ren) about sexual topics in an honest and age-appropriate way. Goals of the workshop are:

  • Learn about typical sexual development

  • Know how to talk with your child about sexual topics throughout childhood
  • Be a reliable source of information for your child
  • Reduce your child's chance of being sexually abused