Families Connected Program Launches in the South Bay

Submitted by South Bay Families Connected

New Resource for Parents Targets Teen Wellness and Prevention of Substance Use

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PHOTO COURTESY FAMILIES CONNECTED

The South Bay is connecting families on a whole new level. Thanks to the successful launch of South Bay Families Connected (SBFC) at Mira Costa High School, called Mira Costa Families Connected (MCHS FC), the free teen wellness and substance use prevention resource is now available to all South Bay schools including Manhattan Beach Middle School.

“The Families Connected project and website offer national and local tools and resources, as well as opportunities for parents to connect around this important topic through a parent blog, educational events, and the book club,” said Ellen Rosenberg, MBUSD School Board President and MCHS FC co-founder. Sandi Gleason, MCHS PTSA President and MCHS FC co-founder, adds, “Our goal as a community is to help educate and support all families in our shared mission of keeping our kids on a healthy path, free of alcohol and drug use.” A recent MCHS FC parent survey with 164 respondents confirms that the majority of parents want education around teen substance use prevention and Families Connected is helping supply their needs.

The SBFC and MCHS FC projects were created by LSM Communications, a local communications firm, as a pro-bono project for the South Bay community. To date, MCHS FC has been shared with the Manhattan Beach community by MCHS, MBX, MBEF, MBMS, and MBUSD. The MCHS FC and SBFC websites have an engaged audience of over 3,500 unique visitors, and since its launch in August 2015, hundreds have already signed-up to be a part of the Parents Connected Network and receive the free monthly e-newsletter and event invitations.

All area schools and districts are invited to utilize South Bay Families Connected as a free resource they can share with their parent communities by simply emailing the link to parents and stakeholders. Additionally, each school can opt to have its own unique landing page, like the one created for Mira Costa. To learn more or share this resource, please visit www.SouthBayFamiliesConnected.org.

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