Our Families Connected Partner Districts and Schools are committed to the social emotional wellness of their students. 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.

Families Connected Resources

The Power of Kindness

 

Mitzi Henry.shares inspiration for kindness.

 
 

Families Connected Videos to foster compassion in youth

Kids share their thoughts about kindness, compassion, and bullying in this five minute video.

Anna Pirkl, MFT, ATR, LAADAC, shares expert advice to help us foster compassion in our youth.

The Henry Family shares their story of raising a special needs child, along with advice to parents.

Featured Families Connected blogs

 

Tips for fostering inclusion and Empathy

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Recommended reading

We recommend Unselfie by Families Connected Speaker Series presenter Dr. Michele Borba 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.

 

Other related topics on the Families Connected website


Recommended National Resources 

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Connecting youth with volunteer opportunities in your area

 

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)