The videos we provide on this page have been produced pro bono by the production team at LSM Communications, LLC, and are available to all visitors at no charge. Families Connected Partner Schools have permission to share these videos on their school websites, to show at parent education events, as well as screen at student assemblies and workshops. Thank you to the many professionals, parents, and students who have shared their stories, voices, and expertise with us.
Featured Families Connected Speaker Series Events (2017-2018 school year)
We thank our Families Connected Speaker Series partner, Beach Cities Health District for making these events possible.
Eric Karros and his daughter, Mikah Maly-Karros co-present Purpose vs. Performance (Filmed at Redondo Beach Union High School on 2/18)
Recognizing and Responding to Teen Stressors and Pressures featured four experts. (Filmed at Redondo Union High School 10/18)
Voices of Our South Bay Youth
Students share what kindness and compassion means to them.
Students share what stress them out, and how parents can help..
Fostering Empathy and Compassion in Our Youth
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 their special needs child in the South Bay.
Depression and Anxiety
Mira Costa grad and University Penn student, Brian Chao, shares his struggles with depression and anxiety in this message for youth: you are not alone. Reach out for help when you need it.
Tips and tools from Anna Pirkl, M.A., MFT., on ways to help our kids reduce their levels of stress and anxiety
Substance Use Prevention Event Compilation Video
Four Experts from SBFC Events Share Why and How to Stave Off Use as Long As Possible (worth ten minutes of your time)
Visit age-appropriate substance-use prevention resource pages on SBFC (note: K-5 resources include overall SEW content, but how to have conversations with your child that will help pave the way for healthy choices during the teen years can be found at the bottom of the page.
Three important topics for parents: Connecting, Belonging, and Tech Time
In these three video shorts, each under four minutes, Leah Niehause, LCSW, provides helpful tips and strategies for parents that will make a difference.
Helping Youth Understand Tragic Events and Cope with Grief and Loss
2016 SBFC Teen Wellness Speaker Series Book Club Events at Pages, a bookstore
"Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance" by Angela Duckworth, SBFC Book Club, moderated by Greg Allen, Ph.D.
"Triumphs and Tragedies" SBFC Book Club, by Karl McMillen, moderated by Karl McMillen and Moe Gelbart, Ph.D.
SBFC Partner School Event at MBMS - 2016: The 5 Ws of Teen Drug and Alcohol Use: WHO, WHAT, WHY, WHERE, WHEN (AND HOW)?
MBMS Principal John Jackson's introduction to the event
"When It Happens on Campus" with Mike Matthews, MBUSD Superintendent
"Why we should discourage alcohol and drug use from a neurological perspective" with Moe Gelbart, PhD, Executive Director, Thelma McMillen Center
"Where the Manhattan Beach police department is working to decrease teen alcohol and drug use" with SRO Officer Jesse Garcia
"What kids are using" with Dr. Greg Allen, Executive Director, Freedom4U
"When youth get in legal trouble in Manhattan Beach" with Joan Jenkins, Manhattan Beach City Prosecutor