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October 2020 Newsletter

Matthew McConaughey Helps Support Voter Registration

 

 

JKL Founder Matthew McConaughey participated in Facebook Watch’s Vote-A-Thon 2020 on Tuesday, Sept. 22, to support National Voter Registration Day.

The non-partisan educational event aimed to register 4 million voters in order to become the largest voting information campaign in American history. The reimagined telethon, featuring informational games, absentee ballot tutorials and helpful reminders ultimately sent Facebook users to its Voting Information Center with important resources ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election. In case you missed it, you can check out the video here.

 


 

2020 Election: JKL Students Get Involved

 

 

This year, we want to make sure that our just keep livin students know that their voices matter! Our goal is to equipped the JKL community with information and resources needed to help get everyone who is eligible to vote registered.

We have also encouraged our younger students to spread awareness for the importance of voting as well as pledge to vote when they are of age. This is such an important and exciting time for the first-time voters in our program and we are happy to provide assistance throughout the process.

Additionally, we had the pleasure of hosting guest speaker, Sydney Rose from Vote.org, who led a great presentation about easy-to-use online voter tools and how to access local voter information. We have a number of additional events and activities coming up with a focus on voting and we look forward to the impacting change that comes through education and accessibility to quality information.

Are You Registered to Vote?

 


 

What Are You Grateful For?

 

“I’m grateful for all the obstacles in my life. They have strengthened me as I continue with my journey.”
– Lesely, Sam Houston High School, Texas

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“I’m grateful for social media because even though I can’t vote, at least I can encourage others to.”
– Malik, Anacostia High School, Washington D.C.

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“I’m grateful for being alive and having the confidence to show my face on camera, on Zoom because I remember there was a time where I had a shell and I couldn’t even do that, so I am just proud and grateful.”
– Mya, New Visions High School, New York

 


 

Honoring Those Lost on 9/11

 

 

JKL Founder Matthew McConaughey joined other celebrities including Alec Baldwin and Kristen Bell for Cantor Fitzgerald & BGC Partners’ virtual Charity Day 2020, a one-day event that works to honor the lives of those lost on 9/11.

These philanthropic famous faces joined the trading firm’s clients and employees in a virtual meet and greet session to raise funds for charitable organizations. The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, which has raised approximately $180 million globally since its inception, was created to commemorate the 658 Cantor employees and 61 Eurobrokers lost in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks.

The founders pledged on day one that help would always be there, not just to assist those affected by 9/11, but to provide hope and support around the globe. In addition to this worthy organization, the event also raised $10 million for hundreds of other charities around the world, including the just keep livin Foundation.

 


 

Pick Up Matthew McConaughey’s Memoir Later This Month!

 

 

Ever since I learned to write, I’ve been keeping a journal, writing down anything that turned me on, turned me off, made me laugh, made me cry, made me question, or kept me up at night,” McConaughey says in a video message to his social media followers.

“Two years ago, I worked up the courage to take all of those journals off into solitary confinement just to see what the hell I had, and I returned with a book.”

That book is called Greenlights, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction. When asked about the meaning of the title, McConaughey said, “it’s the story about how I have — and we all can — catch more of them in this life we’re livin’. Greenlights, which McConaughey calls, “a love letter to life,” is available from Penguin Random House on October 20th.

 


 

Camila’s Tips: No Mayo Coleslaw

 

 

This recipe goes well with everything!!!! Eat it alone or enjoy it as a dish by itself!

The cabbage will last you a long time in the refrigerator before you shred it, and then it will last you few days after you make this recipe! With the times we are going through now, it is essential to make things that will last longer and require you to take fewer trips to the store! It is also a super inexpensive recipe to make, and a better-for-you version of coleslaw because it doesn’t have the mayo.

Ingredients:
• Green Cabbage
• 1 large red apple julienned or thin sliced (I used Granny Smith )
• 1/2 or 1/4 red red onion thinly sliced (the amount depends on the size of your cabbage )
• 3 tbsp coarsely chopped mint
• 2 tbsp lemon juice
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 2 tsp apple cider vinegar≈ • 1-2 tsp white wine vinegar
• Salt to taste

Instructions:
1. Finely shred the cabbage using a mandoline. If you don’t have one, use a sharp knife and shred as fine as you can! The thinner the cabbage, the better this will taste.
2. Combine all the other Ingredients and mix together in a large bowl. Taste it as you go to see if it needs any more acidity, moisture or salt!
3. Can be served right the way or it gets better next day!

Enjoy! Beijos
– Camila

 


 

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September 2020 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Madahi, Venice High School, Los Angeles, JKL Graduate 2020

 

Recent JKL Venice High School Alum, Madahi wasn’t able to cross the stage for graduation this year like so many of our other JKL seniors across the country. She still stands tall and full of positive energy with summer coming to end and college on the horizon!

Since the pandemic, Madahi has been able to focus on her newly discovered vegan diet and zero waste lifestyle, which she credits to what she learned in the JKL program. She explains, “when I was in the Venice JKL program it definitely opened eyes to trying new foods, being healthy in my choices and always giving back to the community. My best friend and I have been on a vegan journey and we are loving it!”

Although JKL meetings didn’t take place in person during the late spring semester, Madahi was still committed to giving back to the community. She has been collecting donations to send protective gear and school supplies for farmers and their children in the San Jose area. A once shy and non-motivated student, Madahi is now ready to take on the world and reach her full potential. This Fall, Madahi will start college with a dream to one day have a place in forensics sciences. We wish nothing but positive energy and support for Madahi aspirations.

 


 

Back to School

 

 

We are thrilled to be kicking off our JKL programming for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

Nothing seems typical anymore and we are truly reinventing the way we are providing quality programming for our students. As we prepare to continue to teach, support, and guide our amazing high school students, it is important to note that we have a high quality group of educators providing them guidance during this virtual period.

We anticipate a great start to the school year as we will continue to create a positive, safe, productive, and empathetic online experience. We will embark on a new journey this school year and collectively we will have to navigate waters that are unprecedented. As we prepare to continue with our online platform, our focus will be to ensure that all four components of our JKL program will be provided from live fitness workouts, nutrition demonstrations, virtual guest speakers, Mental Health Monday’s with licensed therapists to virtual community service opportunities.

We are thrilled to welcome back our returning JKL staff and students and we welcome our new members! We have expanded into Charlotte, North Carolina at West Charlotte High School, in Dublin, Georgia at East Laurens High School and right here in Los Angeles at Learning Works Charter. We look forward to serving our JKL community!

 


 

Matthew and Dr. Fauci Talk Shop

 

 

Our Founder, Matthew McConaughey recently interviewed the nation’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci to discuss the coronavirus on his Instagram LIVE.

Matthew had the chance to ask Dr. Fauci questions about the virus and he received several scientific answers to help create a road map for all of us as we continue to try and move forward during these challenging times. There were some great key takeaways from the talk and you can listen to them here.

We are so proud that Matthew is always finding ways to help others. We appreciate Matthew and Dr. Fauci taking the time to continue to educate us through this pandemic. Taking care of yourself is taking care of others! The discussion ended on a hopeful note, with Matthew noting, “We can have our freedom and our party later. Right now, let’s pull together.”
 


 

Jackie Robinson Day

 

 

JKL students celebrated the anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut in 1947.

Typically held each season on April 15th, it was rescheduled this year for August 28th. Our students decorated signs in his honor as they watched the game in support of our partners the Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers.

 


 

Camila’s Tips: Baked Buffalo Cauliflower

 

 

This recipe is very easy to make, and it is addictive!! Once you start snacking, we promise you won’t be able to stop. We do have a couple tips we picked up for you when you make this dish:

First, cut your cauliflower into large pieces, approximately 1 inch to 1.5 inches in diameter (the pieces will shrink when cooked).

Second, make sure you remove any excess almond flour pieces before placing the cauliflower on a baking tray (they will burn if left on the pan!).

Ingredients:

• 1 head organic cauliflower
• 1 cup almond flour
• 1 egg, or vegan egg substitute
• 1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
• 1 tbsp garlic powder
• 1 tbsp onion powder
• 1 pinch salt and pepper

Instructions:

1. Pre heat the oven to 400°F.
2. Cut cauliflower into 1-1.5 inch pieces and place in a large bowl.
3. Prepare the dipping mixture by putting the egg (beaten) in one bowl and the almond flour, garlic powder, onion powder and salt and pepper in another bowl.
4. Pour the egg over the cauliflower and mix well, making sure each piece is coated.
5. Pour the almond flour mixture over the cauliflower and mix, making sure each piece is coated well.
6. Place the cauliflower on the baking sheet.
7. Bake for 25 minutes, or until pieces are a little crispy on the edges. Careful not to let the pieces burn!
8. Remove cauliflower from oven and place pieces back in a large bowl.
9. Pour the Frank’s Red Hot Sauce on top, making sure pieces are totally coated.
10. Place the cauliflower back on the baking sheet and in the oven in 8 minutes.
11. Broil on high for 1 minutes.

View Full Recipe on Women’s Today »

 


 

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August 2020 Newsletter

Town & Country Magazine Philanthropy Summit

 

 

We are so excited that our founders Camila and Matthew McConaughy were included in Town & Country Magazine’s Philanthropy Summit with a mission to spread hope, celebrate heroism, and better the world by effecting positive change!

We are so grateful to everyone who tuned in and so proud to share our 360 approach to our JKL afterschool fitness and wellness program, providing a safe place for our youth where they can learn the tools for a better life. During the summit, our very own Program Manager, Leon Clayborne, had a great conversation with JKL Alum from Animo Inglewood Charter High School in Los Angeles, Maria Gutierrez Watson!

Maria was recently featured in Town and Country’s Philanthropy Issue alongside Matthew and Camila. She has since graduated from UCLA and is now a teacher in Chicago. We are so touched to have had the opportunity to share the incredible work of our foundation and so proud of Maria for all of her accomplishments!

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JKL Partners With Homeboy Industries

 

 

Homeboy’s overarching goal is to see individuals heal from trauma. Over their 30-year history, they have seen time and time again the way that new experiences outside of the neighborhood help their program participants along their journey of healing.

For most justice-involved and gang-involved youth that they’ve worked with, we know summer to be a particularly vulnerable time for street violence in the absence of access to what some kids experience as typical summer opportunities.

Homeboy leaders lead a variety of experiences throughout the year for program participants to experience life outside of their trauma and their neighborhoods. They aim to provide opportunities to learn in spaces one has not experienced before, to find serenity in spaces of nature, to process and reflect surrounded by beauty and art, and to grow confidence and imagination while in kinship and community with other participants. JKL is excited to be a part of their summer programming reaching more than 40 of their youth for a 6 week summer programming. We have been providing part of our JKL programming by offering their youth yoga, calisthenics classes, hip hop classes, nutrition demos and tips on managing anxiety. We are proud to be partnering with such an amazing organization!

 


 

What Are You Grateful For?

“I am grateful for this program and that I have the opportunity to be on a call with everyone and talk about myself and about how other people are doing. It is nice to remember that I am not the only person in the world. I appreciate this time I have to self-reflect about the decisions I have made.”
– Kiryana (Morse HS, San Diego)

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“I am grateful for all my teachers and administrators because of all the effort they’ve put in to reach out and communicate with their students and for all the leniency and understanding that they’ve had during this time.”
– Brandon (Huntington Park HS, Los Angeles)

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” am grateful for the people who are supporting me in this hard time that I am going through right now. It’s nice to have a support system.”
– Geneva Rushton (John Adams HS, Cleveland)

 


 

JKL Instructor Spotlight

 

 

Meet Cameron David, one of our amazing instructors from the JKL Program at Venice High School in Los Angeles! He has been busy this summer turning his passion for hiking into a soon to be nonprofit organization.

Cameron explains, “I started hiking years ago to get away from the city and work on my mental health and hiking helped me. When you are submerged in nature you are forced to be with yourself”. Cameron established “The Noir Nature Guide” after getting an overwhelming response from people who were curious about the hikes after he would post about them on social media.

The requests eventually turned into the Noir Nature Guide, a guided tour through the many mountains and trails in Southern California. The trips also include ice breakers, physical warmups, lunch, local history lessons and gratitude circles. You can catch Cameron leading 2-3 guided hikes a month. Be sure to check him out at @thee_noirnatureguide for more information.

 


 

Camila’s Tips: Camila’s Beet Hummus

 

 

This recipe is so easy to do, and so much better because it is homemade…

Most people don’t realize how easy it is to make your own hummus at home. Simply combine your ingredients in a food processor or blender, and serve. We promise you will get compliments from guests on how beautiful your spread looks!

Ingredients
• 2 cans chickpeas
• 1 cup tahini
• 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
• 3 cloves of garlic (large)
• 1 tsp ground cumin
• 3 beets cooked (medium size)

Instructions
1. In food processor combine all ingredients and puree until creamy. If too thick, add a little water to get to desired consistency.
2. Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with sliced almonds, feta cheese, thinly sliced scallions, and sliced radishes.

Enjoy! Beijos
– Camila

Full recipe on Women of Today »

 


 

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May 2020 Newsletter

Student Spotlight

We had the pleasure of catching up with Duane, a sophomore from our New Visions JKL program in NYC.

Duane is an inspiring visual artist who loves to draw people. He also enjoys listening to heavy metal music and constantly challenging himself with different workouts. Duane was once the new kid on the block, but JKL has helped him to develop friendships in a safe and fun environment.

Last semester, Duane enjoyed learning how to ice skate, sharing in the gratitude circle, giving back to his community and learning the importance of incorporating fruits and veggies into his diet. Duane dreams of becoming a professional graphic designer and architect and we are certainly rooting for him to achieve his goals!

 


 

JKL Founders Give Back During COVID-19

 

 

As we work to navigate through these uncertain times, our just keep livin Founders Matthew and Camila McConaughey continuously inspire us with their widespread relief efforts.

Perhaps you’ve seen one of Matthew’s public service announcements urging Americans to stay home, sharing encouraging words about taking care of each other, or masquerading as “Bobby Bandito” in a tutorial for making a DIY face mask to stay safe because “we’ve got more livin to do”!.

Camila has combined staying fit with giving back through her frequent Instagram LIVE workouts alongside Margie Pope, Director at The Studio CROSSFIT Shoreditch, which are free but encourage donations to JKL’s fundraising campaign. A big thanks to Margie for sharing her time and talents! You can join the fun by visiting Camila’s Instagram page!

Additionally, Matthew and Camila have teamed up with Bethenny Frankel’s BStrong organization to provide 80,000 masks to first responders in Austin, Louisiana and across the country.

And we can’t forget Matthew’s surprise virtual visit to the residents of senior living home, The Enclave at Round Rock, during which he hosted a game of bingo and served up an abundance of smiles!

We’re so proud of our Founders for their big hearts and dedication to giving back during this challenging time!

View JKL's Fundraising Campaign

 


 

Mack, Jack & McConaughey 2020 – The Show Must Go On

 

 

Although COVID-19 made it impossible for Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M), our largest annual fundraiser, to be an in-person event this year, we decided that the show must go on!

On April 23rd, along with event co-hosts, Mack & Sally Brown and Jack & Amy Ingram, Matthew and Camila hosted a small virtual event for our incredible sponsors. It was a special evening featuring an amazing lineup of music from Grammy Award-Winning Singer/Songwriters and a LIVE performance by this year’s headliner, multi-platinum, award-winning musician and CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, Luke Combs.

The group enjoyed songs by artists who have supported MJ&M over the past eight years including Toby Keith, John Mellencamp, Butch Walker, Bobby Pinson, Wade Bowen, Jon Randall & Jessi Alexander, Lori McKenna and Eric Church. They also had the pleasure of welcoming new friends Ryan Bingham, Waylon Payne and Emerson Hart into the MJ&M circle. The evening was capped off with four songs performed LIVE by Luke Combs, and, as is tradition with MJ&M, our very own Jack Ingram playing his song, “Goodnight Moon.”

In Matthew’s words, “The caliber of talent at MJ&M each year continues to humble us.” We want to give a huge thank you to all of the artists who shared their talents, as well as our loyal donors and supporters who once again helped us raise much-needed funds for five worthy organizations empowering children: CureDuchenne, Dell Children’s Medical Center, HeartGift, just keep livin Foundation and The Rise School of Austin.

If you are interested in making a donation to help MJ&M’s beneficiary organizations, including the just keep livin Foundation, you can still get involved. Text “MJM” to 24375 to #EmpowerKids!

 


 

JKL Zoom Session with Kevin Love

 

 

As we all adjust to the new social distancing norms, we’ve been hosting regular Zoom calls to check-in on our students and faculty, and we’re excited to share that one of our most special calls included five-time NBA All-Star Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers!

During a Zoom session with our Cleveland just keep livin students and teachers, Love shared words of inspiration and encouragement. An especially touching moment came when he shared his list of “160 dreams”, telling our students that “dreams don’t have deadlines” and sharing with them the importance of “falling in love with the journey” of creating goals! Love’s words motivated our students on every level, inspiring them to “attack each day” while also focusing on maintaining balance.

We LOVE working with the Kevin Love Fund and are so grateful his foundation sponsors the JKL program at John Adams High School. Thank you again to Kevin Love for sharing his knowledge with our JKL kids, and for working so hard to empower our youth by removing the stigma from mental health issues, especially during these challenging and uncertain times!

 


 

Stay Connected

 

 

We will continue to share our just keep livin exercises, nutrition tips and more!

Check it out on Instagram!!!

Make sure to follow our foundation’s Instagram page for the latest: @jklivinfoundation

 


 

What Are You Grateful For?

“I’m grateful for my JKL Instructors. They’ve really helped me, mentally and physically, to gain confidence, so that I wouldn’t be afraid of anything going into high school.”

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“I’m grateful that being a part of just keep livin has given me opportunity. There are so many things that I wouldn’t have been able to do without the program.”

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“I’m grateful that my little cousin is finally home from surgery. I am happy that he is getting through it, and that I can be there to support my aunt and uncle.”

 


 

Camila’s Tips: Cookie Dough Energy Bites

 

 

Say hello to our new favorite snack – Cookie Dough Energy Bites. Featuring just the right amount of healthy protein and sweetness (who else loves chia seeds and peanut butter as much as we do?), these crowd-pleasers will get you through long days when hunger strikes between meals!

Plus, they are packed full of organic, simple and filling ingredients. They are perfect to grab as a breakfast on-the-go, to keep in your bag as a snack, and will help satisfy those sweet tooth cravings without the guilt! Our recipe makes as many as 40 bites, so feel free to freeze them to make them last longer!

Ingredients:

• 2 cups organic rolled oats
• 2 cups flaked unsweetened coconut
• 1/2 cup organic peanut butter, or almond butter as a substitute
• 1/2 cup organic honey
• 1/4 cup chia seeds
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/2 tsp vanilla
• 1/2 cup organic chocolate chips

Enjoy! Beijos
– Camila

Full recipe on Women of Today »

 


 

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April 2020 Newsletter

The Coronavirus has shut down countless schools.

 

 

Many are Title 1 schools that serve lower income families where on average 80% of the students depend on the free meals they get daily at their schools. Now, they don’t have it.

Please join the just keep livin foundation’s efforts to provide meals for these students and their families by clicking the link below where 100% of the funds raised will go to feed them in this time of need.

In the meantime and all times, thank you for your support, and just keep livin.

Click Here to Support a Family!

 


 

What Are You Grateful For?

“I’m thankful for the future that comes now. I’m grateful that I get to graduate this year, and that I am given the time to continue my journey. It hasn’t been easy for a while, going through a lot of trauma wasn’t easy, so I’m grateful that I can still stand here proudly with the people I love the most. I’m thankful for the hope that I have and what the future holds.”

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“I’m grateful for this program and everyone I’ve met through it. It’s helped me a lot with overcoming my battle with being diabetic which has been a struggle mentally for me and for my family. JKL has kept me in a good place mentally to keep pushing.”

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“I’m grateful for my mother. She has supported me through everything that I’ve been through. I am also grateful for my JKL instructor. He’s been a great role model, trainer and teacher.”

 


 

Stay Connected

 

 

We will continue to share our just keep livin exercises, nutrition tips and more!

Make sure to follow our foundation’s Instagram page for the latest: @jklivinfoundation

 


 

Beller Nutrition Recipe of the Month

Spiced Overnight Oats

Rachel Beller MS, RDN

Oats are well known as an excellent source of soluble dietary fiber. The oats in this recipe provide 4 grams of fiber, but let’s not stop there! The chia seeds with 5g of fiber and the berries with ~4g fiber, bring your breakfast fiber total to a whopping 13g of fiber! Suggestion: double it so you have breakfast for another day.

Makes: 1 serving

Ingredients:

• 1 cup plant milk, unsweetened
• ½ cup rolled oats
• 1 tbsp chia seeds
• ½ cup berries (fresh or frozen)
• ½ tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Stir all ingredients in a jar or any container, seal and refrigerate overnight. It will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

 


 

Camila’s Tips: Big Batch Beans Vegetarian or Meat Style

 

 

We have to keep things easy and on a budget during these times and maximize what we have at home, so sharing with you an easy recipe for black beans.

You can follow the recipe or make swaps for any of the ingredients and still have a delicious meal that is all your own.

You can serve rice + beans on their own, vegetarian style or throw an egg on top Brazilian style. You can add some meats that you may have in your freezer. There really isn’t a wrong way to make these! If you aren’t getting enough flavor, I can show you how to add some simple ingredients you probably already have at home to kick up the taste!

These are a Brazilian household staple and a great way to get a big boost of protein on a budget and feed the whole family without a trip to the store. Stay safe everyone.

Enjoy! Beijos
– Camila

View the Recipe on Womenoftoday.com

 


 

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March 2020 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Brianna, Longview High School, Texas

 

Sophomore student, Brianna, from our Longview JKL program is embracing her creative energy and making her mark on campus.

Before joining JKL, Brianna struggled with self-confidence and the ability to be proud of her own art. “Since the start of our JKL program last fall, I have watched Brianna grow into a confident and outgoing young lady who has had perfect attendance” – Ms. Clark.

Brianna is an aspiring young artist who is gaining inspiration from the weekly gratitude circles, CrossFit workouts and peer to peer motivation. The just keep livin program has provided a safe and encouraging space for Brianna to share her passions and be accepted for who she is. Things like volunteering at her church, anime art and love for Korean pop music culture are all embraced.

After high school, Brianna would like to become a veterinarian and travel to Korea! We can’t wait to see Brianna blossom into an amazing person!

 


 

JKL Students “Have Courage” With HITRECORD

 

 

Our just keep livin students at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles were lucky enough to get a visit from the team from HITRECORD

HITRECORD is an online collaborative platform started by the actor, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, where people all over the world come together to collaborate on creative projects including short films, writing, music, and photography. The idea behind HITRECORD is for creativity to build upon itself in a virtual space.

At Fairfax, students were shown a few writing prompts based on our jkl monthly quote about having courage, and were able to use the prompts as jumping off points to let their creativity come through. Then the students took turns reading each other’s pieces aloud, thus showing courage themselves.

We loved seeing our students open up and expand their horizons to the HITRECORD community. We look forward to future collaborations!

 


 

What Are You Grateful For?

"I’m grateful for my little sister, because she keeps me motivated and now that I’m going to college, I get to be a role model for her to look up to so she can be better than me"

"My aunt is fighting cancer and I’m grateful she’s been getting through it, and I’m grateful for everyone that supports her and my family."

"I’m grateful for getting to have new opportunities, like doing my first camping trip with JKL, and getting to watch a UT football game in a nice suite thanks to JKL"

 


 

Baby2Baby Community Service Project

 

 

Three of our Los Angeles JKL programs have visited Baby2Baby in Culver City this past month to help volunteer!

Baby2Baby provides children living in poverty, ages 0-12, with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. Our students always enjoy supporting this amazing organization whether it was sorting donations or filling necessities for children facing emergency situations such as fires or entering the foster care system. We are proud to partner with this organization and look forward to continuing to support their efforts!

 


 

Celebrating African American History Month in New Orleans

 

 

In honor of African American History Month, JKL students from Warren Easton High School in New Orelans attended a field trip to the “Studio Be” warehouse gallery.

Founder and Resident Artist, Branden “B-Mike” Odums gave a tour to our students and provided some background on his new exhibit entitled “Ephemeral Eternal.” The Art displayed in the exhibit pays homage to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, Hurricane Katrina, Trayvon Martin, as well as many others.

 


 

Voices of Parkland Screening

 

 

just keep livin programs in Los Angeles had the very special opportunity to attend a screening for the documentary, Voices of Parkland, thanks to the Brady Campaign, a gun violence prevention movement.

It was an unforgettable night at the Ace Hotel alongside Team ENOUGH LA. The documentary features 35 testimonials from those who experienced the tragic shooting at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We are so grateful that our students were able to experience this and hear from the survivors who had the strength and courage to share their stories.

 


 

Camila’s Tips

 

 

For the February monthly nutritional activity, our Chavez High School just keep livin program indulged in our Co-Founder Camila McConaughey’s “Woman of Today” Strawberry & Granola bark delicious recipe!

Ingredients: 18 ounces of plain Greek yogurt 2 teaspoons of honey 1 cup freeze-dried strawberries 1 cup of granola

Directions: Mix yogurt and honey and keep aside.

Line a flat pan with sides with parchment paper and spread yogurt-honey mixture evenly, about 1/2 an inch. Make sure it’s not too thin to avoid it breaking easily.

Sprinkle strawberries and granola over yogurt.

Freeze for 3 hours until completely frozen.

Remove from pan and peel off the parchment then break into pieces and enjoy immediately as the yogurt begins to melt fast.

February 2020 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Nykeevia, Carter High School, Dallas, Texas

 

First year transfer student, Nykeevia at Carter High School in Dallas, is embracing the JKL program to enhance her overall high school experience.

Upon arrival to Carter HS, Nykeevia felt left out as a new student because she didn’t have the opportunity to establish new friendships. Once JKL instructor, Coach Cross, made Nykeevia aware of the program, all of her anxieties started to go away. “Nykeevia is a very friendly and helpful JKL student.

She still tends to be shy, but once she warms up she fits right in with her JKL peers”- Coach Cross. Nykeevia has found a voice in the JKL program by expressing herself during the Gratitude Circle which has helped her build new friendships. Nykeevia loves the positive environment, healthy nutrition demos, and the motivation her peers provide her during workout activities.

Nykeevia is on a mission to improve her eating habits and incorporate fitness training into her daily life. She is drinking more water and removing chips from her everyday diet. We are so happy to have Nykeevia join the JKL family and can’t wait to see her blossom in the program!

 


 

A VIP Evening in Austin!

 

 

On January 15th, 100 just keep livin students from our four afterschool programs in Austin enjoyed a special evening with our Founders, Camila and Matthew McConaughey!

The high schoolers were pampered with a Braid Bar, Glitter Bar and Mobile Barbershop before their private screening of Star Wars! Matthew and Camila were on-hand to welcome the students as they hopped off the bus, and Matthew spoke to the kids about the importance of “staying curious,” which was the “Monthly Quote” for January.

And what’s a movie night without some yummy snacks? The kids flipped for the assortment of mini cupcakes from Sprinkles, the delicious popcorn provided by AMC Theatres, and the boxes of chicken sandwiches and coleslaw generously donated by Raising Cane’s which they grabbed for the bus ride home.

We ended the night with a moving and heartfelt Gratitude Circle. We’re so thankful to all of the vendors who donated to help make this night so much fun for the kids!
 


 

What Are You Grateful For?

"I’m grateful that I get to graduate this year and I have the chance to continue my journey"

"I’m grateful for my friends and family, especially for the people I’ve met through just keep livin. They always push me to be the best person I can be."

"I’m grateful for my mom who always pushes me to do my best"

 


 

CAVS Academy at John Adams

 

 

On Monday, January 20th, our JKL kids from John Adams volunteered to help run the Cavalier Academy camp at the high school!

The Cleveland Cavaliers are committed to inspiring youth to grow the game of basketball. Our students had so much fun assisting the coaches to create a positive environment, build confidence, motivate the kids and assist the coaches!

After a fun filled event working with youth from around the surrounding area, our students were so grateful to have the opportunity to attend the Cavaliers/Knicks game that evening! A great big thank you to the Cavaliers Organization for providing that experience for our kids!

 


 

Rose Bowl 5k

 

 

On a cold February morning in beautiful Pasadena, California, over 50 of our Los Angeles JKL students and staff geared up for the Rose Bowl 5k Race!

This was our second time participating in the event and our students had a blast. We had many first time racers finish with big smiles on their faces. Other students and staff members hit their personal best records for the day!

Our efforts were led by our amazing wellness & yoga instructor, Kirschen Katz. She led a group stretch and gave us some words of wisdom before the race. All around, the day was a huge success and we have marked our calendars for next year’s Rose Bowl 5k Race!
 


 

Beller Nutrition Recipe of the Month

Frozen Banana Nut Bites

Rachel Beller MS, RDN

Makes: 2 servings

Ingredients:

• 2 bananas, halved lengthwise
• 2 tablespoons almond butter or your favorite nut butter
• Several dashes ground cinnamon and/or cacao powder

Directions:

1. Spread half the nut butter on one of the banana halves and sprinkle with cacao and/or cinnamon as desired. Place a second banana half on top of the first to create a sandwich and repeat with the remaining banana.
2. Wrap each banana sandwich in parchment paper and place both of them in a large ziplock bag or airtight container. Freeze for at least 1 hour.
3. When you’re ready to eat, remove the sandwiches from the freezer and simply slice each sandwich into smaller pieces. These will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

 


 

Camila’s Tips

 

 

We love a good homemade pizza (yum!) and are always looking for ways to make more creative and healthy versions of this classic!

Now, we know gluten-free or cauliflower crust is all the rage lately, but have you ever tried making mini pizzas with an eggplant base? It is soooo yummy and savory … Just bake your eggplant in the oven, and simply add the ingredients on top before a quick broil.

To make ours, we used fresh basil from our garden, tomatoes, organic tomato sauce and provolone cheese … But the best part about this recipe is you can add as many toppings as you want! So feel free to get creative. This recipe is a great snack, dinner option or even party appetizer for both kids and adults!

Ingredients:

• 2 large eggplants
• 24 oz jar organic tomato sauce
• 20 slices provolone (or mozzarella) cheese
• 3-4 oz fresh organic cherry tomatoes, sliced
• organic basil, as desired
• 1/2 tsp himalayan salt
• pepper flakes, optional
• 1 cup each additional topping, as desired

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Slice the eggplant into 1 inch thick round pieces.
3. In two baking trays arrange the sliced eggplants.
4. Sprinkle the Himalayan salt and bake for 15-20 minutes.
5. Remove the bake eggplant from the oven and turn your broiler on.
6. Spread 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce over each eggplant round followed by one slice of provolone.
7. Arrange some fresh spinach and cherry tomatoes over the cheese and broil for 3-5 minutes.
Make sure you keep a close look while the eggplant is under the broiler as they can burn really fast.

View the Recipe on Womenoftoday.com

 


 

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January 2020 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Yomerly: Brooklyn School for Social Justice, New York

 

Meet Yomerly, a sophomore student from our new JKL program at the Brooklyn School for Social Justice in New York.

Yomerly, a once shy girl that lacked confidence and friends, has found her safe haven within the JKL program. She is an inspiring poet and avid journaler. Yomerly reports that socializing is a bit easier with the help of the gratitude circle and peer-to-peer support during fitness activities.

“Yomerly is a respectful and highly motivated young woman. She has attended every JKL meeting and represents the result of a student who truly immerses themselves in the JKL program.”- Ms Chu. We are excited to see Yomerly thrive with our JKL program for years to come.

 


 

One Voice

 

 

This Holiday season, our Los Angeles JKL programs brought over 100 students to volunteer for the One Voice Holiday Food Program.

This was our 10th year partnering with One Voice at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica. While there, we sorted and packaged food for 2,500 families living in poverty in the Los Angeles area. Our students had a great time listening to holiday music, sweating with smiles and working in teams to get everything done.

We are so grateful for this partnership and love providing such a powerful community service opportunity for our JKL students. We are looking forward to next year’s event!

 


 

Let’s All Go To The Movies

 

 

On Monday, December 16th, 75 of our JKL students were lucky enough to attend a pre-release screening of the powerful movie, Just Mercy.

This must-see film tells the true story of Walter McMillian (played by Jamie Foxx), who with the help of young defense attorney Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) appeals his murder conviction. At the conclusion of the movie, students got the opportunity to hear the inspiring life story of Adnan Khan who is Executive Director of Re:Store Justice, an organization that aims to reform the justice system. We are so grateful to AMC, film producer Scott Budnick, and Warner Bros Studios for making this happen and giving our students a night to remember!

 


 

ELSA Ranch Cleanup

 

 

Our Huntington Park JKL program experienced a community service event “ranch style”!

On November 16th, 20 students from HP assisted in beautifying the ELSA ranch in Agoura Hills, CA. ELSA (Experience Learning Support with Animals) is a nonprofit organization that serves individuals with special needs and at-risk youth through the benefits of equine-assisted activities in a ranch setting.

They opened up their ranch for our students to enhance a few areas on their grounds. We spruced up the chicken coop, demolished the fence surrounding the horse coral, and weeded and cleaned out the garden area. Students and staff worked hand and hand seamlessly together to accomplish a much appreciated ranch cleanup with smiles and laughter.

The event was a huge success and ended with a picnic and making homemade lemonade. We are looking forward to collaborating with ELSA in the near future to provide more community service opportunities for our JKL students.

 


 

Beller Nutrition Recipe of the Month

After School Snacks!

Rachel Beller MS, RDN

Take your after school snacks to another level, by upgrading your plain crackers with these cracker combos.

Not only will you be adding flavor to your snack, but you’ll also be adding additional nutritional value with each ingredient— nut butters add protein, cacao nibs and cinnamon add antioxidants, red pepper flakes add beta carotene and vitamin A, and parsley adds even more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Can you believe all the nutrition packed into an easy after school snack?! Best thing is they are easy to assemble and require very little clean up! 
 
Go ahead and smear the following toppings onto whole grain bread or crackers:
 
• 1 tablespoon peanut butter + generous shakes of Ceylon cinnamon 
• 1  tablespoon teaspoons peanut butter + 1 teaspoon raw cacao nibs + cinnamon 
• ½  avocado, mashed + drizzle of balsamic vinegar + pinch of red pepper flakes 
• 2 tablespoons hummus + few kalamata olives, chopped + sprinkle of fresh parsley, chopped 
•  1 tablespoon pesto sauce +  cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 

 


 

Camila’s Tips

 

 

Classic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

If you’re looking for a foolproof holiday side dish then look no further than this go-to: Classic Roasted Brussel Sprouts.

You see them on many holiday tables, and there is a good reason why! They are healthy, hearty, delicious … And easy to make! We love this classic recipe for them because it is so easy to do, and tastes good every single time. They also taste (almost) just as good re-heated the next day.

This is NOT a hard dish to try and make, so it’s a great one for beginner chefs, or if you are having the kids help you cook!

Ingredients
• 2 lbs frozen Brussels sprouts
• 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 1/2 tps fresh ground pepper
• 1 large lemon, cut into 8 wedges

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Combine all ingredients and spread on a dark cookie sheet or baking pan
3. Turn every 10 minutes or as needed
4. Roast for 45-60 minutes until browned and tender
5. Plate in a serving dish and garnish with lemon wedges
6. This can be served immediately or made ahead and reheated

View the Recipe on Womenoftoday.com

 


 

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December 2019 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Folasade, Carver High School; Houston, TX

 

Meet Folasade, a senior at Carver high school in Houston, who is on a mission to spread positivity and encouragement! The Carver JKL program is completing their 1st semester and has been making strides with recruitment and peer to peer mentorship.

We can thank Folasade for taking the lead in setting the tone for the JKL program on the Carver campus. “Folasade thoroughly enjoys helping others and serving our community. She is the first to volunteer to help with community service and help recruit her peers for the program” – Ms Davis Cook.

Before the JKL program came to Carver, Folasade was involved in the Theater program and warriors for Christ clubs after school. She is such a super star that she still finds the time to participate in those clubs and in jkl without missing a session. When asked why she chose to join the jkjl program she replied “I wanted to be part of a community that will help me accomplish my fitness goals and support my passion for community service”.

After high school, Folasade would like to receive a nursing degree from her dream college – John Hopkins University – and become a pediatrician. We are so excited to see where her aspirations take her!

 


 

Win a Personal Video Message from Matthew McConaughey!

 

 

Do you or someone you love need some extra encouragement to just keep livin? Now is your chance to experience the pep talk of a lifetime from the one and only, Matthew McConaughey!

Donate at least $25 at jklivinfoundation.org/pep-talk NOW through DEC. 31st to be entered to win.

 

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

 


 

Tennessee Titans Annual Coat Drive

 

 

On Sunday, November 24th, our Nashville jkl programs gathered to lend a helping hand for the Tennessee Titans Annual Coat Drive.

Prior to the Titans-Jaguars game, fans were encouraged to participate in the team’s annual coat drive. New and gently used coats of all sizes were dropped off at one of several collection sites outside of the Nissan Stadium where our JKL students were stationed to collect them.

The following evening, our students gathered back at the stadium where they sorted 650 coats! After they finished sorting, the students were treated to a tour of the stadium and locker room! The evening concluded with a dinner hosted by the Titans organization.

The coats were picked up by six very thankful local non-profit organizations, who will in turn distribute them to the communities they serve. Giving back is a huge part of our programming and we are so grateful to the Tennessee Titans for including us in this worthy cause!

 


 

Animo City of Champions visit The Tree of South LA. For a Yoga Class

 

 

It was a sunny, fall afternoon when students from our Animo City of Champions JKL program took a mile jog from their campus to the Tree of South L.A. for a private yoga session.

It was the first time ever taking a yoga class for more than half of the students who attended. The Tree of South L.A. provides the perfect environment to elevate your yoga practice. The session was led by a great instructor, Amisha the Unicorn, who kept the students engaged, excited, and challenged by new and familiar movements.

The session included basic yoga movements with a current HipHop soundtrack. Once finished, students were energized and wanted more! We are grateful for our relationship with the Tree of South L.A. and look forward to bringing more JKL students soon!

 


 

JKL Students Learn About Healthy Snack Swaps

 

 

Pilates instructor Lauren Gold, who is currently studying to be a Registered Dietician, stopped by our JKL program at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles recently to help share her knowledge with our students.

She taught our teens about how to read nutrition labels and helped explain the difference between natural sugars and added sugars. She also presented some helpful ideas about healthy swaps for students’ favorite snacks, for example, Triscuits instead of Takis!

Students loved sampling the food she brought along, including Larabars and apples dipped in almond butter! We look forward to welcoming Lauren back soon!

 


 

Beller Nutrition Recipe of the Month

Chilled Black Bean Salsa

Rachel Beller MS, RDN

I absolutely love recipes that pack in heaping amounts nutritional value, and this salsa is one of them. And there’s no mistaking it for the typical side dish— it’s hearty and can stand alone as a main dish for dinner any night as it contains all the essentials of a meal…tons of veg, protein and a beneficial fat. The black beans not only provide 15g of protein per serving, but also pack in an impressive 15g of fiber as well! The tomatoes provide protective lycopene and the avocado is not only a healthy fat, but it contains 20 different vitamins and minerals plus a generous amount of fiber. Cilantro is another nutritional all-star providing and is a top pick when it comes to perking up foods with a little extra nutrition. It may aid in the body’s natural production of digestive enzymes − helping to speed up the breakdown of food and keeping your tummy calm and happy.

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:
• 3 cups black beans, no salt added
• 2 scallions, sliced thinly
• 1 jalapeno, chopped
• 3 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
• 2 avocados, sliced
• 2 large yellow bell peppers, chopped
• ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
• 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
• Himalayan or sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve.

 


 

Camila’s Tips

 

 

Sweet Potatoes with Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Craisins

Looking for a yummy holiday side dish that will impress guests and isn’t too hard to make? Try you must try our recipe for these Sweet Potatoes With Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Craisins … It combines two of our all-time favorite holiday veggie sides: sweet potatoes + Brussels sprouts. It’s a really easy dish to make and takes only about 10 minutes to prep the entire thing (giving you more time to cook everything else!).

Ingredients:
• 2 lbs frozen Brussels sprouts
• 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
• 2 large sweet potatoes (peeled and cubed)
• 1.5 tbsp real maple syrup
• 1/8 tsp cinnamon
• 1/3 cup craisins

View the Recipe on Womenoftoday.com

 


 

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November 2019 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Taliyah, Landry Walker High SchoolNew Orleans

 

Landry Walker High School student, Taliyah is looking forward to taking full advantage of the jkl program during her senior year!

Over the years, Taliyah has had many first time experiences like canoeing, finding potato chip substitutes, increasing her water intake and being a positive role model. New comers to jkl look up to Taliyah for motivation and accountability. She is excited to be an upper classman who inspires her peers to workout and be healthy. “It has been a joy to witness Taliyah’s growth through the JKL Program. She is always confident in herself no matter what she is doing. She always has that I can do it attitude.” –Mr Donsereaux (jkl Instructor) After high school Taliyah would like attend University of Southern Mississippi to study criminal justice and become a police officer that protects her current neighborhood. We are looking forward to seeing Taliyah thrive this year and wish her the best!

 


 

A Fun Way to Lend Your Support

 

 

Looking for a new way to support just keep livin this holiday season? We’re happy to share that we are the charitable beneficiary of some amazing products these days!

One of our wonderful JKL supporters, Rachel Miriam, is a designer who pairs up with celebrities and brands to create curated, customizable collections that benefit different nonprofits. We are honored to be receiving a portion of the proceeds from two of her current collections: Christy Carlson Romano’s “Yummy Collection” featuring personalized aprons, chef hats, oven mitts & more, and “AnnieBenton X RM,” a collection of personalized table décor to help make your parties even more chic!

In addition to a charitable donation, we will be celebrating this partnership by throwing seasonal events at our Los Angeles JKL programs – one for each holiday! Visit rachelmiriam.com to shop for a great cause! 


 

Joint JKL Field Trip: Group Dynamix

 

 

All five of our Dallas just keep livin programs participated in a group field trip to Group Dynamix!

This fun filled adventure was a great way to connect our students from Carter, Sunset, Eastern Hills, Sam Houston and Pinkston! The outing included guided activities that are geared to improve relationships, increase camaraderie, and encourage collaboration! The students had so much fun!

 


 

FIT TIP by JZ Fitness

 

The desire to move more decreases in the winter so here are some tips to move more:

1) Set an alarm every hour to get up and walk. It could be a 2 minute walk. This will get you to avoid sitting for long periods of time, thereby decreasing joint stiffness and lower back pain.

2) Consider getting a step tracker app on your phone. If you see it, you can change it. To be considered active, you need at least 10,000 steps a day

3) Find an accountability partner. Classes are great for this as the same folks tend to workout at the same time each day so if you commit to any particular class time and don’t show, people will wonder where you are. But if classes aren’t your deal, then consider telling a friend or fitness enthusiast to hold you accountable to a goal you set. Perhaps that goal is to workout 3 days a week. If you schedule it on your calendar, show up for it. You are the only one who can ultimately make it happen.

Dive into the holidays with the expectation to enjoy your family and friends but make sure you move, no matter how many holiday parties are on the calendar. Because motion is lotion to the joints and to the mind!

www.JZFitness.com
 


Beller Nutrition Recipe of the Month

Popcorn Combos

Rachel Beller MS, RDN

Popcorn can be enjoyed more places than just the ballpark and the movie theatre. It’s quick and easy, loaded with fiber, and is low in calories! Try out these different combos to pack in additional nutritional value, and see if you like it best sweet, spicy, or sprinkled with a bit of salt You can even sprinkle on some nutritional yeast which has a cheesy flavor and is packed with protein— just 2 tablespoons has 6 grams of plant based protein. These are just a few topping options and the possibilities are endless. Explore by going through your pantry and find some toppings you like best!

• Spray with olive or avocado oil spray (non-aerosol) + heavy shakes of nutritional yeast + pinch of sea salt
• Spray with olive or avocado oil spray (non-aerosol) + 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast + pinch of turmeric + pinch of paprika + pinch of sea salt
• Spray with olive or avocado oil spray (non-aerosol) + 1 tablespoon cacao powder + pinch of sea salt + pinch of cinnamon
Spray with olive or avocado oil spray (non-aerosol) + pinch of sea salt + pinch of cinnamon

 


 

Camila’s Tips

 

 
Camila’s Tips:

Looking for a dessert option this that isn’t too sweet or full of refined sugar? We’ve got just the recipe for you — These Cinnamon Baked Apples with Nuts + Coconut Sugar definitely satisfy any sweet tooth, and require such little prep work that you’ll be making them all holiday long (and beyond!)

Ingredients:
• 4 organic apples
• 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
• 1/4 cup coconut sugar
• 2 tbsp organic butter
• 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
• 1/2 cup water

For the Recipe Click Here.