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.

Families Connected Resources

Families Connected Videos

South Bay 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.

Tips for fostering inclusion and Empathy

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Recommended reading

We recommend Unselfie, by form 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.


Blogs and the Families Connected E-newsletter


Related resources on the Families Connected website

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)