South Bay Families Connected is a not-for-profit whose mission is to improve the social and emotional wellness of our area youth by supporting parents in their efforts to help their kids reach their full potential and live healthy, fulfilling lives.
A collaborative approach
SBFF has partnered with over 75 K-12 South Bay schools and dozens of health care providers and organizations, all of whom share the same goal of helping youth thrive and stay on a healthy path to maturity... we're all in this together.
A modern way to help youth by connecting parents with current information, effective parenting tools, and support
SBFC offers parents and educators the following free resources, education, and opportunities to connect around the issues and challenges we face, from helping our kids navigate the new social media landscape, to reducing the likelihood that they will use drugs and alcohol:
- The SBFC online gallery of resources offers parents and educators a centralized location for trusted information on a wide range of parenting and youth wellness topics.
- The Families Connected Speaker Series, produced in partnership with Beach Cities Health District, features South Bay experts as well as nationally acclaimed authors and leaders in education, prevention, and mindfulness.
- The Families Connected Parent chat brings parents together to share their parenting challenges in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. The Families Connected Parent Chat, which is offered at no charge and is accessible to all. The Parent Chat is provided in partnership with Beach Cities Health District and is facilitated by a psychologist from the Thelma McMillen Center at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.
- The SBFC Event Calendar provides parents with a centralized location to access the events and groups mentioned above, the SBFC teen mindfulness workshops, produced in partnership with Fit On Studios, and other events offered by SBFC and its collaborative partners.
- .Original SBFC parent and youth videos and blogs offer authentic stories related to personal challenges and successes with the goal of letting others know that they are never alone.
- The SBFC education video productions offer parents and teens insight and advice from area mental health professionals on topics ranging from healthy ways to reduce stress and anxiety, to how to effectively manage children's screen time.
- Ongoing connection and communication via the free monthly SBFC Parent E-newsletter, as well as through social media.
The project strives to be sustainably relevant and accessible to all South Bay parents by employing the following strategies:
- SBFC has numerous mechanisms in place for parents and stakeholders to share their concerns and shape the South Bay Families Connected project, including a parent survey, parent and teen focus groups, a Families Connected Advisory Board, and the Families Connected Ambassador program.
- The breadth and depth of website content is continuously expanded based on the feedback we gather from our community, as well as upon our ongoing research into the issues trending nationally.
- SBFC's Families Connected Partner School concept connects parents in K-12 directly with trusted parenting information and events in a way that is consistent, continuous, efficient, and cost-effective.
- The SBFC project is free and accessible to all parents, and due to search engine optimization, any parent who searches onlin for youth wellness or substance use prevention in the South Bay will find the website.
- A mobile-responsive platform ensures that any parent can access the website when and where they need it.
- In order to encourage use of the SBFC resources throughout the parenting years, the SBFC website offers parents an inviting, easy-to-navigate, ad-free space.
SBFC Partner Districts and Schools
We are honored to work together in partnership with our SBFC Partner Schools to help improve the social emotional wellness of South Bay youth.
Program engagement and Impact
In 2017, the SBFC website served 16,000 unique visitors, connecting parents and educators with trusted wellness and prevention online information and videos, as well as in-person education events and support groups. From 2015-2017, approximately 2,500 parents attended SBFC or Families Connected Speaker Series events. Our goal is to reach 40,000 unique visitors in 2018. With 4,500 website visitors in January 2018 alone, we are well on our way.
Please click on the link below to hear from SBFC Partner School administrators, South Bay parents, and SBFC advisors about the need for, and the impact of the SBFC project to date.
A concept based on need and evidence
SBFC was created in response to the high level of community concern regarding the social emotional wellness of South Bay youth, including self-reported levels of high stress and anxiety, as well as higher than average alcohol and drug use. A teen wellness community task force meeting held at Mira Costa High School on February 2, 2015 helped define the problem and provided the spark for the Families Connected project. The SBFC concept, strategic plan, and website were created and funded by LSM Communications, LLC.
The SBFC concept and website employ a modern approach that is anchored in current research showing the critical role that parents play in substance use prevention and social emotional wellness, as well as the importance of engaging parents as early as pre-k Kindergarten with social emotional wellness resources, education, and support.
Critical to its success is the project''s commitment to ongoing collaborative input from numerous community leaders, partner school administrators, business owners, and parents throughout the South Bay.
SBFC first launched in August, 2015 and is available, free of charge, to all South Bay parents, schools and organizations caring for or serving youth. It’s as easy and cost-free as sharing a link to the SBFC website.
A Partner School option is also available. Our Partner Schools each have their own unique website that connects their parent community to the resources available on the larger SBFC website. Please click on the adjacent image for a visual depiction of the SBFC project concept, features, reach, and impact as of June, 2017.
About the Families Connected Speaker Series
In June 2016, LSM Communications, LLC (LSM), created and privately funded the Families Connected Speaker Series as the in-person educational component of the South Bay Families Connected project. In August of 2016, LSM partnered with Beach Cities Health District to help fund the series, and in September 2017, together we established co-sponsorships with SBFC's Partner Districts, Manhattan Beach Unified School District, Redondo Beach Unified School District, and Hermosa Valley Unified School District. The three Beach Cities school districts provide the venues and help shape the presentations topics and content. The series remains true to SBFC's original mission of connecting all South Bay parents with current information, trusted professionals, and with other parents in our shared goal of helping all youth thrive and stay on a healthy path to maturity.
Who We Are
Our co-founders, partners and advisors have helped shape the creation of SBFC immeasurably, as well as expand its reach within our community. They include numerous community leaders, educators, business owners, and residents who have sharing this resource with our South Bay Community either by word of mouth, e-communication, social media, or at community meetings and presentations. As a grassroots effort, this project can only reach its audience through these efforts, as well as those of our SBFC Partner Schools. We are so grateful for their shared commitment to improve the social emotional wellness of our South Bay youth.
Our Community Commitment and Process
SBFC will continue to use a collaborative approach as it expands both its parent education events and the communication material it produces. Input from parents and our South Bay prevention community have been an invaluable part of our process, allowing us to create a wellness and prevention program that is organic to our beach cities culture.
We will continue to conduct ongoing resource research and will update the website content and share new information via social media and our monthly e-newsletter. At the bottom of each resource page, we provide a response form which anyone can use to report issues with links, recommend additional resources, or share with us their thoughts on why a resource might not be appropriate. Please note that resources selected for inclusion must meet the following criteria:
- They are accessible by all, free of charge
- Are prevention not treatment based
- Provide clear and helpful information from a reputable source, with minimal online advertising
- Do not have a direct political agenda
- Though we often partner with faith-based organizations, the content or events shared on SBFC must not be exclusionary in nature, nor promote a particular religion over others.
About our 501 c3
SBFC's not-for-profit status is provided under the umbrella of the MBX Foundation (MBX Tax ID: #02-0603467). The MBX Foundation was established in May 2003 and operates as a community foundation for over thirty booster clubs in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. Donations made through MBX are earmarked for the SBFC ongoing expenses, including research, resource curation, website management, video production, education events, social media management, production of the monthly e-newseltter, and community outreach, all of which is available at no charge to the entire South Bay community. Schools who wish to have their own unique Families Connected logo and webpage contract directly with SBFC's approved contractor, LSM Communications, LLC.
LSM Communications, LLC, is currently building the Families Connected website, a non-region specific resource that is based on the SBFC model, but which will be able to serve schools and parents no matter where they are located.