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Upcoming Programs and Initiatives Tackle Topics Affecting Today's Youth

October 8, 2019

Upcoming Programs and Initiatives Tackle Topics Affecting Today's Youth

Radnor Township School District is hosting several events and initiatives in the coming months to educate parents and young adults on important and serious topics affecting today's students, including mental health, vaping, and drugs and alcohol, as well as to encourage open and honest conversation.

Community Focus Group on Student Wellness, Oct. 16

The district is interested in gathering feedback about its ongoing study of Student Wellness, one of RTSD's 2019-20 goals which has been divided into three focus areas: Students' Social, Emotional and Behavioral Wellness; Students' Physical Wellness; and Students' College and Career Capacity Wellness.

All community members are invited to a focus group session to discuss these topics on Wed., Oct. 16 from 9-10 a.m. at the RTSD Administration Building (135 S. Wayne Ave., Wayne). More information on the Student Wellness Study here

SpeakUp! at Radnor Middle School, Oct. 16

SpeakUp! at RMS

Area middle school students and their parents are invited to SpeakUp! at Radnor Middle School (150 Louella Ave., Wayne) on Wed., Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. (check-in begins at 6 p.m.). Pre-registration is requested here. For a list of the topics to be discussed, click here. For a video about SpeakUp!, click here.

SpeakUp! is a youth-driven, interactive program that brings youth, educators, and parenting adults together for real dialogue on the topics our students want to talk about. Last year’s participants shared that as a result of SpeakUp!, 95% realized they have similar feelings and experiences as others and 95% are more willing to ask for help. More than 35+ schools and over 4,000 youth, parenting adults, and educators speak up each year to build inclusive and supportive communities through open communication. This is an opportunity for:

  • Students to listen and/or share their perspectives
  • Parenting adults to listen and learn about the topics youth find challenging
  • Educators to further build connections with youth who they see daily
  • Our community to collectively create a culture of having courageous conversations 

This event is sponsored by the Radnor Educational Foundation.

"Teen Vaping, It's Not Just a Mist," Oct. 18 

ASK Logo The Radnor High School Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) invites the RTSD community to "Teen Vaping, It's Not Just a Mist" on Friday, Oct. 18 at 9 a.m. in the Radnor High School (130 King of Prussia Road, Radnor) Black Box Theatre. Registration is requested here.

The program will involve discussion regarding the ways young people are being impacted by vaping and ways they can be helped to break away from various external pressures. Vaping can involve flavored liquids, nicotine, or cannabis. Attendees will learn about the implications of each, the dangers of vaping among teens, the types of vaping devices, and where youth are getting the vaping paraphernalia.

Featured speakers are Linda Schanne, chair of the Radnor Township Board of Health and Clinical Nurse Educator at Bryn Mawr Hospital, and Michael Blanche, a licensed clinical social worker and leading expert in the field of prevention who has more than 19 years of experience providing direct clinical treatment for those who are dually diagnosed with addiction and other psychological issues.

The Radnor High School Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) facilitates and promotes positive life choices by raising awareness for Radnor students, parents and teachers about at risk behaviors through supportive and developed informational programming.

Online registration for this event is requested here.

Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) for RTSD 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th Graders, Nov. 6

Students at Radnor High School and Radnor Middle School will take part in the 2019 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) sponsored by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, on Nov. 6. The survey is for students in 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grades and will ask questions about school climate, violence, depression, bullying, and substance abuse, among other important topics. 

RTSD students in these same grades last completed the survey in 2017; an overview of the 2017 results was provided at the May 14, 2019 School Board Curriculum Committee meeting and can be viewed here. Prior to this 2017 survey, the PAYS was last administered to RTSD students in 2011.

Parents can choose to refrain from their child(ren)’s participation by contacing their school principal. More information will be distributed to the families of the students to be surveyed in the near future.


"Vulnerable: A Conversation with Ryan Leaf," Jan. 14, 2020

Radnor Speaker Series Logo Ryan Leaf, the second overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, will speak to the community about addiction and sobriety. He will highlight his football career and his dream of becoming a professional athlete before sharing how these dreams began to unravel.

Tracing his journey to sobriety, Mr. Leaf will discuss topics such as the stress and pressures of being a successful teenager, drunk driving, gateway drugs, peer pressure, bullying and self-harm. A Q&A session will follow. 

The Radnor Speaker Series is a private/public school partnership between the Radnor Township School District parent-teacher organizations (PTOs) and The Agnes Irwin School. Each year, these organizations welcome a nationally known speaker/author to speak to the Radnor Township community on topics relevant to parenting and the health and wellbeing of our children.

Online registration for this event is requested and will open soon. 

More relevant events and initiatives may be be added.