Schools + Parents
Families Connected Parent Chat & Speaker Series

Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) is partnering with South Bay Families Connected to offer a variety of free, monthly parent education events, including the Families Connected Speaker Series and Families Connected Parent Chat.

South Bay Families Connected is a not-for-profit whose mission is to improve the social and emotional wellness of area youth by supporting parents in their efforts to help their kids reach their full potential and live healthy, fulfilled lives. South Bay Families Connected offers parents free resources, education and opportunities to connect around parenting issues and challenges, including helping kids navigate the new social media landscape, to reducing the likelihood that they will use drugs and alcohol.

Enjoy these opportunities to connect with other parents and discuss shared challenges:

Families Connected Parent Chat
Wondering if your child is experimenting with drugs or alcohol? Striving to create balance in your household and manage family and student stress? Seeking guidance about rule setting and boundaries around social media and technology? Families Connected Parent Chat is held every Monday and is a free support group led by a licensed professional from the Thelma McMillen Center at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. This free support group is open to all parents. No registration necessary.

  • Every Monday*, 10-11 a.m.
    Beach Cities Health District, 514 N. Prospect Ave. Suite 102, Redondo Beach

*No Parent Chat on December 24 and 31.

Families Connected Speaker Series

  • Grit, Resilience & a Growth Mindset
    Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    Redondo Union High School Auditorium
    1 Sea Hawk Way, Redondo Beach

    Registration & Check-in: 6-6:30 p.m.
    Presentation: 6:30-8 p.m.
    How can we teach our children to be resilient to both small setbacks and larger failures so they are able to grow their grit? Defined as a combination of passion and perseverance to achieve long-term goals, grit can be built through a growth mindset: the belief that the ability to learn can change – with effort.

    Dr. Mike Gervais, High-Performance Psychologist and Co-Founder of Compete to Create
    Adam Krikorian, Gold Medal-Winning Coach of the U.S. Women’s National Water Polo Team
    Valerie Kondos, Pac-12 Coach of the Century for UCLA Gymnastics


  • New this year, childcare is being offered at AdventurePlex throughout the 2018-19 Families Connected Speaker Series. 

    Your children will have as much fun as you learning a new activity from an AdventurePlex class instructor, creating arts and crafts, playing games, challenging themselves in sports and, of course, exploring all five levels of the famed play structure. A healthy dinner is provided too!

    To ensure that your child receives optimal supervision and attention, AdventurePlex adheres to American Camp Association child-to-staff standards, so reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. To make a reservation for Speaker Series Childcare, please click here.

    To register for the Families Connected Speaker Series as well as other parent engagement opportunities, please visit

More Parent Opportunities

Parent Connection Groups
These informal walking groups give parents an opportunity to connect with other parents on a range of topics. Groups are led by parent volunteers. No registration necessary. Walking groups meet from 9 – 10 a.m. at Aviation Park on 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd. in Redondo Beach for the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 30
  • Wednesday, Feb. 27
  • Wednesday, March 27

Small-Group Workshops
Join us for small-group conversations about the causes and expression of anxiety and depression. These small-group parent workshops will be led by local mental health professionals from South Bay Children's Health Center and Clear Recovery.

Wednesday, Dec. 5
Adams Middle School Library
1 – 2 p.m.


South Bay Families Connected

For an online gallery of resources, an event calendar, videos, e-newsletter, and authentic South Bay stories, go to

Families Connected Past Events and Resources

Enjoy these resources around parenting issues and challenges.

Resources & Referrals

Need Help? Are you as student or parent dealing with stress, depression, anxiety or substance use and abuse? Find a variety of community resources and referrals at