SBFC and Anna Pirkl, m.a., LMFT, ATR, at the Hermosa Beach Safety Fair, 2017,.

The SBFC Empathy and Compassion Project

Our SBFC Partner Districts and Schools are committed to the social emotional wellness of all 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 fostering 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, numerous education events that have reached hundreds of parents, the curated gallery of resources found on this page, as well as a school outreach project called, "Which Key Opens Your Door to Compassion?" We hope you will find this information and these resources helpful as we work together in our shared goal of helping all youth thrive and reach their full potential. 


Social Inclusion in the Beach Cities 

The data and tips below are provided in partnership with Beach Cities Health District and our Beach Cities SBFC Partner Districts. Click on either image for a printable PDF.


SBFC Compassion Project Content and Resources

Videos

Thank you to Anna Pirkl, MFT, ATR, LAADAC, for sharing expert advice to help us foster kindness and compassion in our kids. 

The Henry Family shares their story of raising a special needs child. We thank Mitzi Henry for her advice to parents and kids hoping to support all youth.

Blogs

Events

Since June 2016, SBFC, often in partnership with Beach Cities Health District, area schools, and/or Pages Bookstore, has offered monthly education events for parents on numerous topics, including combatting cyber-bullying, and inclusion as seen through the eyes of a Holocaust survivor. In January we welcome Dr. Michele Borba, author of Unselfie, to present, Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in our All-About-Me World.

Support

If you are feeling alone in your parenting challenges, please join us at our free, weekly Parent Chat Support Group

Curated Gallery of Resources

In addition to the resources on this page, SBFC has curated related pages that provide specific content on the following:


Recommended Resources and Activities

There's Always Room for Some Extra Kindness During the Holidays.

Click on the image below for a printable pdf from Action for Hapiness.

 
 

National Resources and Articles

 
 

Click on the image above to sign-up to receive the Greater Good Science Magazine. It's free and provides science-based strategies for raising compassionate, kind, curious, grateful, empathetic kids, 

The Definition of Compassion (The Greater Good Science Center, Berkeley)

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 (The Greater Good Science Center, Berkeley)


Supporting Youth with Disabilities, Chronic Illness, and Mental Health Issues

A South Bay Teen Shares His Struggle with Depression and Anxiety

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 reach out for help when they need it. Click on the image at right to read Brian's SBFC Teen Blog.and see his video for youth.

 

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

Gender spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens. Explore Topics, access resources, and download the parent handbook.

Gender spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens. Explore Topics, access resources, and download the parent handbook.

The trevor project provides extensive support to lgbtq youth. This link will take you to a comprehensive resource page to find answers to frequently asked questions, and explore resources related to sexual orientation and gender identity (The trevor project.

The trevor project provides extensive support to lgbtq youth. This link will take you to a comprehensive resource page to find answers to frequently asked questions, and explore resources related to sexual orientation and gender identity (The trevor project.

 

Recommended video series

 
View videos in this exceptional series, produced by National Geographic

View videos in this exceptional series, produced by National Geographic

 

Improving Cross-Cultural Understanding

 
Three SEL Skills you Need to Discuss Race in the classroom, by by Dr. Amy L.Eva (Greater Good Science Center)

Three SEL Skills you Need to Discuss Race in the classroom, by by Dr. Amy L.Eva (Greater Good Science Center)

 
Activities that connect students to peers in other countries (KQED)

Activities that connect students to peers in other countries (KQED)

 

Recognizing Gender Bias and Striving for Equality

research showing that UNCONSCIOUS bias can contribute to gender disparity (National Public Radio) 

research showing that UNCONSCIOUS bias can contribute to gender disparity (National Public Radio) 

A link to information for Educating Boys for Success

A link to information for Educating Boys for Success


Worried That Your Kid Is Sitting Alone? There's an App for That

A great resource to share with your teen. click on the image to learn more.

A great resource to share with your teen. click on the image to learn more.


Connecting Through South Bay Not-For-Profits with... 

New Friends

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

 

The environment

 

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.