Our Youth Social-Emotional Wellness Project

Families Connected is an evidence-based, modern youth wellness project based on national and local research, including parent focus groups and survey data. The project's mobile-responsive website allows schools to efficiently connect their parents, caregivers and educators with the social-emotional wellness services they provide to their students, as well as to national prevention and wellness information, including curated resource galleries, tips and tools, and videos.

Families Connected in South Bay, CA

In August of 2015, LSM Communications, LLC, (LSM) launched South Bay Families Connected (SBFC), a region-specific model of the Families Connected project. Since January 2017, the SBFC not-for-profit has supported the production of the projects' free parent education events and support groups, teen mindfulness workshops, the event calendar, the free monthly parent e-newsletter, outreach via social media platformsand SBFC blog production. None of these critical components of the project would be sustainable without the SBFC not-for-profit Board, volunteers, and SBFC sponsors. LSM continues to privately fund the project's ongoing website research and updates, as well as video and content production. 

Families Connected Partner Schools and Organizations

In collaboration with our Families Connected Partner Schools and community partners, we strive to achieve our shared mission of reducing mental health stigma, encouraging families to reach out for help when they need it, and providing parents with the insight, tools and factual information they need to help their kids thrive. 
— Laura Short McIntire, President, LSM & Creative Director, SBFC

The key to the Families Connected Project’s high level of parent engagement lies in its original strategy of collaborative school and organization partnerships. LSM has implemented Families Connected at public school districts and private schools, with a total reach of 75 Partner SchoolsPartner Schools and Districts each have a customized Families Connected webpage created by LSM (click on any logo below to view), that provides a centralized location for their unique wellness initiatives and resources, along with links to the larger Families Connected website.


Mira Costa High School ( MCHS Families Connected, est. 8/15 - PILOT PROJECT)


Manhattan Beach Middle School (MBMS Families Connected, est. 5/16 serves all MBUSD elementary schools)

Redondo Beach Unified School District

Redondo Unified School District (RBUSD Families Connected, est. 1/17)

Palos Verdes Peninsula School District

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District (PVPUSD Families Connected, est. 11/16)

Hermosa Beach Unified School District

Hermosa Beach City School District (HBCSD Families Connected, est. 9/17)

Rolling Hills Prep

Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance School (RHP/Ren Families Connected, est. 5/16)

American Martyrs School

American Martyrs School (Martyrs Families Connected, est. 9/17)

Chadwick School

Chadwick School (Chadwick Families Connected, est. 10/17)

Torrance Unified School District

Torrance Unified School District (TUSD Families Connected, est. 1/18)

A cornerstone strategy for the long-term impact of the SBFC project  is continuous and consistent messaging to parents. LSM produces a monthly SBFC youth wellness communication that is sent from Partner School and District superintendents, school principals. and PTSA principals to their parent email distributions. School administrators trust that the resources and events that we share are free and accessible to all, are absent of political agenda, and are evidence-based. Additionally, they know that the SBFC website and e-newsletter do not contain paid advertising in any form. And if anyone has a concern that a resource does not meet the criteria listed above, we ask that they alert us using the online form. We appreciate any and all community members' suggestions.

Strategic Planning and Digital Media Production and Management

Since 2013, LSM Communications, LLC has been providing its clients with cost effective and results-driven strategic planning consultation and implementation. Areas of expertise include website and video production, and digital content creation. We are committed to helping our numerous Southern California health care and education providers achieve their mission and goals for growth and impact.