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:

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.

Date: Every Monday 
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Beach Cities Health District, 514 N. Prospect Ave. Suite 102, Redondo Beach, 

Register Here (Registration Required)

Issues on the Minds of Teens: Teen Panel and Discussion
Presented by Adam O’Neil and Leah Niehaus

Tuesday, March 20 from 6:30-8 p.m.
Hermosa Valley MPR, 1645 Valley Dr., Hermosa Beach

Families Connected Speaker Series & Parent Resource Expo
Tuesday, April 17
5- 8 p.m., Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
Parent Resource Expo: 5-6:30 p.m.
Connect with school and community health resources on topics including student well-being, substance use prevention and mental health.
Presentation by Dr. Denise Pope of Challenge Success, 6:30-8 p.m.
Overloaded and Underprepared: Helping Students Find Balance in the South Bay Pressure Cooker
Our society has become so focused on grades, test scores and performance, that little time is left to develop the necessary skills to become resilient, ethical and motivated learners. Hear from Dr. Denise Pope of Stanford’s Challenge Success on the practical, research-based tools parents need to create a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for their kids. After all, success is measured over the course of a lifetime, not at the end of a semester. 

Past Events

Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in our 'All-About-Me' World 
Presented by Dr. Michele Borba, author of "Unselfie"
Tuesday, Jan. 30
Mira Costa High School Auditorium, 1401 Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach

Purpose vs. Performance: Shifting the Mindset from Outcomes to Experience
Presented by Eric Karros and Mikah Maly-Karros

Thursday, Feb. 8 
Redondo Union High School Auditorium, 1 Sea Hawk Way, Redondo Beach

The Families Connected Speaker Series is presented by Beach Cities Health District and South Bay Families Connected, in partnership with Hermosa Beach City School District, Manhattan Beach Unified School District and Redondo Beach Unified School District.





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