The SBFC Empathy and Compassion Project
Our SBFC Partner Districts and Schools are committed to the social emotional wellness of our youth. Critical to that goal is creating inclusive school and community environments that encourage and embrace every individual's uniqueness and authenticity, as well as foster meaningful connections with others, community, and the environment. With those goals in mind, we created the SBFC Empathy and Compassion Project which includes original blogs and videos of South Bay families (some currently in production) sharing their authentic stories, a school outreach project called, "Which Key Opens Your Door to Compassion?" (photo at right), and this page which provides a curated gallery of resources and information to help us build a more inclusive and supportive community for all of our youth.
In addition to the resources on this page, SBFC has curated related pages that provide specific content on the the following topics (click on the buttons or images on this page to access content):
Talking with our kids
Discussing Hate and Violence With Children: A guide and downloadable brochure in English or Spanish (The ADL)
Love Has No Labels: An ad campaign about implicit bias. Includes a family discussion guide (The ADL).
Table Talk: Family guides for discussing current events (The ADL).
Greater Good Magazine: This link will take you to articles about fostering empathy (Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center)
Supporting Youth with Disabilities, Chronic Illness, and Mental Health Issues
A South Bay story of empathy and compassion
Our heart-felt thanks and gratitude to the Henry Family for sharing their story with us as part of our SBFC video series. Click on the image below to watch the Henry Family video.
A South Bay teen shares his struggle with mental health
Thank you to Brian Chao for sharing his experience coping with depression and anxiety, two mental health issues that affect the majority of youth, especially during the teen years. His hope is to reduce the stigma of mental health issues and encourage youth to for help when they need it. Click on the image at right to read Brian's SBFC Teen Blog.
A recommended national resource
The Mighty is an outstanding resource that shares real stories related to parenting and supporting people with mental illness, autism, disability, chronic illness, and rare disease (just click on the image at left)
Understanding the Spectrum of Gender Identity and Sexuality
Recommended national resources
Recommended video series
Improving Cross-Cultural Understanding
Recognizing Gender Bias and Striving for Equality
Worried That Your Kid Is Sitting Alone? There's an App for That
Connecting Through South Bay Not-For-Profits with...
The Friendship Foundation, formally known as the Friendship Circle of the South Bay, is a non-profit organization dedicated to making a dramatic difference in the lives of children and young adults with special needs, and their families, through one-to-one peer mentoring and social-recreational programs in the homes, schools, and communities of the South Bay and surrounding areas.
Help when we need it
Other parents and helpful information
South Bay Families Connected aims to connect our families and schools around the numerous teen wellness challenges we face individually and as a community. Below are the three main ways SBFC offers opportunities for parents to share both their parenting challenges and successes in a non-judgmental and supportive environment.
Share your story as a parent in the South Bay (use submission form), and read those of others.
Please sign-up for our free monthly e-newsletter.
Stay up-to-date on local and national parenting articles and resources.
Join us at our Families Connected Speaker Series events, co-sponsored by Beach Cities Health District.