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Welcome to the Hermosa Beach City School District's youth wellness page, HBCSD Families Connected. This resource was created for our community by South Bay Families Connected (SBFC). We hope the resources, videos and educational material provided on this website page will support our parents, teachers, and staff as we work together in our shared vision of empowering all students to achieve and thrive. Additionally, this project aligns with our District mission of creating a culture of inclusivity, and helps us expand that intention beyond our school as a community-wide South Bay effort. The ultimate goal is for us to work together to help our youth thrive and stay on a healthy path to maturity. 

- Patrica Escalante, HBCSD Superintendent

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The Hermosa Empathy Project

HBCSD kicked off the Hermosa Empathy Project at the spring, 2018. The project is based on Dr. Michele Borba’s “Unselfie” books. Click here for details, and please join us at upcoming book club events.

Please visit the SBFC empathy and inclusion page for resources from Dr. Michele Borba, including a discussion guide for her book, Unselfie. Additional resources and information are provided to help us create inclusive school and community environments that embrace every individual's uniqueness and authenticity.


Looking for some kindness inspiration? We have just the thing! HBCSD students share what kindness and empathy mean to them in this four-minute video produced by SBFC. Please be sure to share it with your student.

Parent Education and Support

HBCSD is a proud co-sponsor of the Families Connected Speaker Series, Please visit the SBFC event page for calendar listings, including the Families Connected weekly Parent ChatBoth the Families Connected Parent Chat and Speaker Series are provided in partnership with Beach Cities Health District and are available at no charge to all of our HBCSD parents and all parents throughout the South Bay.



Online Resources and Information to Help us Foster Social Emotional Wellness in our Youth

Hermosa Beach Families Connected

Access national resources, including CASEL, Edutopia, MindShift, and Challenge Success, and videos to help foster resilience, grit and Growth Mindset in our kids.

Tools to Help Our Children Understand and Manage...

Resources for Our HBCSD Parents and Educators

As a Families Connected Partner, our community has unlimited, free access to the following:

A free monthly e-newsletter for our South Bay Community covering numerous topics that are relevant to all parents, from k-12.

A growing video library that provide parenting tips and tools from area experts, and footage from past SBFC events.

A single location to find free educational events in the South Bay covering a variety of youth wellness topics. 

Read blogs from parents sharing their authentic stories, as well as from area experts on a variety of topics.

A way to stay up-to-date on the latest articles, parent blogs, and education events. Just following SBFC on social media.

Gain insight into the teen experience through their own words.

Substance Use Prevention Resources and Information for Parents with Kids In:

Recommended SBFC Videos