Schools + Parents
Families Connected Parent Chat & Speaker Series

Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) partners 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.

Download the Social-Emotional Wellness Parent Checklist


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 on Tuesdays 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.

Online Families Connected Parent Chat

  • Every Tuesday, 10 – 11 a.m.

April 2022 Parent Chat Topics

  • April 26: Helping Youth De-Stress in Healthy Ways

May 2022 Parent Chat Topics

  • May 3: Impact of Social Media and Screen Time on Youth Mental Health
  • May 10: Anxiety Among Youth: What’s Trending
  • May 17: Parenting Strategies to Help Youth Reduce Anxiety
  • May 24: Understanding Depression
  • May 31: When and How to Reach Out for Help

Families Connected Speaker Series – now available as a virtual event!

  • "Left To Our Own Devices: Strategies for Healthy Device Management and Optimal Mental Health", Presented by Dr. Don Grant
    Date: Tuesday, May 17
    Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
    Location: Hermosa View at Vista Multi-Purpose Room (417 25th St. Hermosa Beach, CA 90254)
    Register at www.southbayfamiliesconnected.org

To register for the Families Connected Speaker Series, view past events and for more information about other parent engagement opportunities, please visit www.southbayfamiliesconnected.org.


South Bay Families Connected

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

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 bchd.org/resources.


Families Connected Parent Advisory Group
In the 2017-2018 school year, Beach Cities Health District and South Bay Families Connected convened the Families Connected Parent Advisory Group. This group, composed of parent representatives from Hermosa Beach City School District, Manhattan Beach Unified School District and Redondo Beach Unified School District, meets quarterly to discuss current youth-related issues and pertinent topics at individual school sites, district-wide and throughout the Beach Cities community.

The Parent Advisory Group role is to:

  1. Connect parents with resources, events and information
  2. Communicate with parents at their school
  3. Collaborate and bring back feedback and suggestions from parents, teachers and counselors to the Families Connected Parent Advisory Group
  4. Serve as a liaison between BCHD, PTA and each respective school site

Parent Advisory Group Members:

  • Alta Vista Elementary: Aga ChenFu
  • Beryl Heights Elementary: Sara Thompson
  • Birney Elementary Lisa Pet
  • Jefferson Elementary Kelly Hendrickson
  • Lincoln Elementary: N/A
  • Madison Elementary: Kari Chatterji
  • Tulita Elementary: Carrie Gonzales
  • Washington Elementary: Elieta Cho
  • Parras Middle School:Jill Millestein
  • Adams Middle School: Janis Byars
  • Redondo Union High School: Sarah Straton, Linda Buck
  • Hermosa Vista: N/A
  • Hermosa Valley: Jennifer Buchsbaum
  • Grand View Elementary: N/A
  • Meadows Elementary: Alice Kuo, Tara Tzirlin
  • Pacific Elementary: Amanda Kresser
  • Pennekamp Elementary: N/A
  • Robinson Elementary: Laurie Phan, Yea-lan Chiang
  • Manhattan Beach Middle School: Kate Manuel
  • Mira Costa High School: Lisa Hardimon, Autumn Stephens
  • Rolling Hills Preparatory School: Liz Glozman