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 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

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Recommended Resources 

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

South Bay empathy and compassion

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

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

 
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.