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Speaker Series Returns for 2018-19 School Year

The GVSD Speaker Series returns in the 2018-19 school year. Partially funded by The Foundation at Great Valley, the series is again designed around the theme of creating safe and healthy school environments. All events are open to the Great Valley community and offered free of charge to those who choose to attend. Registration is required in advance via the links included below. 

Download the complete series flier here.

Note that once an event is complete, resources or information offered in that session will be posted on this page, under the event headline. Please check back often for information and resources.

Taking off the Mask: An Inside Look at Mental Health
Monday, October 22. 2018, 7:00 p.m. @ District Office
Emily Torchiana educates the public around the country about mental health and suicide prevention by sharing about her personal journey with mental illnesses, a suicide attempt, and eventual recovery. Emily gives hope to individuals who are silently struggling to know they are not alone and that it gets better. As suicide is the current second leading cause of death in 15 to 24-year-olds in the United States, Emily provides positive ways for parents and guardians to discuss these important topics with their children. Emily is the Founder and President of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Lost Got Found. She is a TEDx Talk Speaker and was the 2017 recipient of the National Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award, with previous recipients such as Oprah Winfrey and Steve Jobs. 


Lost Got Found: Lost Got Found is dedicated to eliminating the negative stigma surrounding mental health. The organization exists to educate and inform students about mental illness and suicide prevention. We encourage individuals who have been affected by mental illness and suicide to share their stories and connect with others.

Emily Torchiana (official website)

Have You Had the Conversation?
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 6:30 p.m. @ GVMS
Designed for the parents of elementary school students, this presentation by Be a Part of the Conversation includes special sensitivity toward young children and emphasizes how the elementary school years are an ideal time for families to begin important conversations about substance abuse.

Download event flier here.



Keeping Our Children Safe: Learn How to End Child Sexual Abuse
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 6:30 p.m. @ GVHS 

Child sexual abuse is one of the most prevalent health problems children face with the most serious array of consequences. Survivors are more likely to experience PTSD, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, delinquency, suicide, self-harm, eating disorders and other severe, life-altering impacts. Together, we can learn how to prevent it from happening. Presented by the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc., Stewards of Children® is a prevention training that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program is designed for parents, mandated reporters, organizations that serve youth, and individuals concerned about the safety of children. It is the only nationally distributed, evidence-informed program proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes, and change child protective behaviors.

Presenter is Deborah Ryan, Esq., the County Coordinator for the Safe and Healthy Communities Initiative at the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. (CVC). This program, created by the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State, is the first comprehensive initiative in the country to end child sexual abuse through education and prevention workshops for children and adults. Prior to joining CVC, Deborah worked as a prosecutor at the Philadelphia and Chester County District Attorney’s Offices for 15 years. Deborah served as the Deputy District Attorney in charge of the Child Abuse Unit and Children’s Advocacy Center at the Chester County District Attorney’s Office.

Download the event flier here.

Registration for this event is full. 

A Parent’s Guide to Teenagers and Substance Use 
Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 6:30 p.m. @ GVHS
Presented by Be a Part of the Conversation and designed for parents of middle & high school students. What are some of the most effective ways to keep our kids from using alcohol or other drugs? What are some signs that they might be drinking or experimenting with drugs? There are important biological reasons that our children take risks. We’ll talk about how as parents, we can help to shape our children’s choices and raise successful young adults.

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Media, Messaging and Youth
Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 6:30 p.m. @ GVHS
This program will help parents and educators to navigate the over-exposure to media and technology, as well as encouraging a healthy balance. A counselor specializing in adolescents and young adults will discuss ways that our children are being impacted by social media, the “misinformation highway,” the access to substances online, and more. Presented by Be a Part of the Conversation.

Download event flier here.


Thanks to our partners in these presentations: Be a Part of the Conversation, and The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County.

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