Our Families Connected 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. We hope the curated gallery of resources found on this page will support 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

We recommend Dr. Michele Borba’s book, Unselfie, as an excellent book for a discussion group at your school or within your community. Dr. Borba has shared a discussion guide for parents, and a discussion guide for educators, as free downloadable PDFs. 


Families Connected 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 Families Connected E-newsletter

 

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 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.


Understanding the Spectrum of Gender Identity and Sexuality

Recommended video series

 
 View videos in this exceptional series, produced by National Geographic

View videos in this exceptional series, produced by National Geographic

 

Curated LGBTQ Families Connected Resources Gallery


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