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.
Recommended Book and Resources
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
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
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.
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.
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
Recommended video series
Improving Cross-Cultural Understanding
Recognizing Gender Bias and Striving for Equality
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.