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, parent and youth education events, and the curated gallery of resources found on this page. We hope you will find this information and these resources helpful as we work together in our shared goal of helping youth develop empathy and compassion and live healthy, fulfilling lives.


Tip Sheets: Social Inclusion, Empathy and Resilience in the Beach Cities

Click on any image for a downloadable pdf that you can print and share with others.

In partnership with Beach Cities Health District, Manhattan Beach Unified School District, Redondo Beach Unified School District, and Hermosa Beach City School District, we were honored to bring Dr. Michele Borba, author of Unselfie, to the South Bay as part of our January 2017 Families Connected Speaker Series. Dr. Borba has shared a discussion guide for parents, and a discussion guide for educators, as free downloadable PDFs. 


SBFC Compassion Project Content and Resources

Videos

South Bay kids share their thoughts about kindness, compassion, and bullying in this five minute SBFC video.

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, along with advice to parents and kids.

 

Blogs and the SBFC E-newsletter

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:


Connecting Youth with Empathy through Volunteer Opportunities

In addition to the programs they host directly, The South Bay Volunteer Center have an online searchable database to advertise additional volunteer opportunities, including those hosted by our nonprofit partners. Youth can use a search box to browse available volunteer opportunities throughout the South Bay. SBFC is a proud co-sponsor of the Heart of Helping Family Fun Fair.

Jimmy Miller Foundation

The Jimmy Miller Foundation is dedicated to creating and providing activities and programs to help others with mental and emotional illness benefit regularly from the therapeutic and healing powers of the ocean. Click here to access their volunteer sign-up form and to be a part of the healing.


Recommended National Resources 

For more activities throughout the year, click on the Greater Good logo  to sign-up to receive the Greater Good Science Magazine. It's free and provides science-based strategies for raising compassionate, kind, curious, grateful, and empathetic kids.

National Resources

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


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.