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April 2019 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Niya, John Adams High School

 

“Upbeat,” “curious” and “motivational” are just a few words that describe Niya, a Senior at John Adams High School in Cleveland, OH who is blossoming in the JKL program!

During her sophomore and junior year, she heard about the JKL program but never had the time to stay after school. For her senior year, though, she made it a goal to be more intentional and decided to finally join the JKL program despite the fact she works 4 days a week and has a packed schedule.

This past Fall semester has exposed Niya to so many first time experiences: the Breast Cancer 5k, Cavaliers games, yoga lessons and exploring the sights outside of her neighborhood. She now regularly implements and shares with her mother the many tips and recipes she gets from the JKL monthly nutrition component.

“Niya is hardworking and has a tremendous amount of integrity. She is one of our JKL leaders and has truly begun to shape the program here at John Adams,” said JKL instructor, Ms. Ware Rembert.

After high school, Niya would like to study the field of criminal justice and become a homicide detective. We wish nothing but greatest for Niya for this spring semester and for whatever the future holds!

 


 

Gratitude Quote of the Month

"I’m grateful for having this program where I am accepted and feel part of the team!"

— Emmanuel, Fremont High School, Los Angeles

 


 

Matthew McConaughey Joins just keep livin Students on the Field!

 

 

Earlier this month, students in our Dallas-area just keep livin Foundation programs got to experience a special treat, thanks to our longtime partners at the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation and JKL Founder, Matthew McConaughey.

Teens from Rangers-funded JKL programs at Eastern Hills High School, L.G. Pinkston High School and Sam Houston High School met up at the Rangers’ MLB Youth Academy for a raucous game of Wiffle ball and some one-on-one time with McConaughey.

He spoke to the students about JKL’s monthly quote for March – “Respect and trust yourself” – and also passed along some heartfelt condolences about JKL teacher, Rebecca Pfleger, who had suddenly passed away in January. To read more about this special afternoon, click here.

 


 

Lakers Youth Foundation Basketball Clinic

 

 

On Saturday, March 9th, our just keep livin program at Huntington Park attended a basketball clinic hosted by the Lakers Youth Foundation!

It was all smiles as the students participated in agility and endurance drills, strength training exercises, and listened to a presentation on the importance of proper nutrition, hydration and how to prevent injuries. Of course, the last portion of the clinic focused on basketball drills which was a big hit! The students had an amazing time and we are so grateful to the Lakers Youth Foundation for hosting another fun filled event!

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Los Angeles Rams Mental Health Clinician Inspires JKL Students

 

 

JKL students at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles were thrilled to welcome Dr. Carrie Hastings as a Guest Speaker.

Dr. Hastings, who is a licensed Clinical and Sport Psychologist and is the Mental Health Clinician for the LA Rams, shared a motivational presentation about “Grit and Courage” while touching upon her own personal journey from being a high school and college track star to finding her way to her current career.

The kids were riveted and very curious about her job, as many of them didn’t even know that such a career existed. And of course, we had lots of Rams fans in the house so they were very impressed that she gets to talk to the players on a regular basis!

Click here if you are interested in being a Guest Speaker »

 


 

Field Trip with the Houston Dynamo

 

 

JKL students from Chavez High School in Houston were thrilled to attend an “International Women’s Day” event put on by the Houston Dynamo, the city’s MLS team, at their stadium headquarters.

Our Chavez students are all big fans of their local soccer team and were looking forward to this event, but little did they know that they would be given the full VIP treatment from arrival to departure! They were welcomed with open arms before being given a tour of the entire facility, including the field, locker rooms, press room and play-by-play booth.

After the tour, our JKL students listened to a panel discussion filled with accomplished women who work for the Houston Dynamo Organization: Tiffani Whittington (Sr. Director, Fan Relations), Pierina Inciarte (Video Services Coordinator), Martha Carvejal (Premium Service manager), Veronica Latsjo (Profession Player, Houston Dash) and even a former Chavez Alum, Liliana Cardenas (Academy Administration). The panelists spoke to students about their college experiences and their journeys into their career paths, along with providing real-world examples of how to prevail in the face of a letdown.

The students really appreciated these ladies’ transparent responses to their questions and were so grateful to receive Houston Dynamo swag bags and game tickets!

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Get Your Tickets for Austin’s Biggest Party!

 

 

Don’t miss your chance to join us in Austin for our annual fundraiser, Mack, Jack & McConaughey taking place at the Austin City Limits (ACL) Moody Theater in Austin, TX on Friday, April 25th.

Tickets for the “Jack & Friends” concert featuring Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriters go on sale THIS FRIDAY, April 5th at 10:00 am Central Time via Ticketmaster It is a very special evening hosted by Matthew McConaughey, Mack Brown and Jack Ingram and featuring performances by renowned artists including Jessi Alexander & Jon Randall, Holly Williams, Butch Walker – and many more!

Get your tickets soon and read more about the event here.

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Camila’s Tip: Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs!

 

 

Instead of using regular old food dye to make your Easter eggs this year, Camila has a few much more creative options! Camila stopped by the Rachel Ray Show and showed her how easy it is to do at home using fruits and veggies! For the video and easy instructions click here.

Find out how »

 


 

Beller Nutrition Recipe of the Month

Basic Roasted Vegetables
Rachel Beller MS, RDN

 

 

Tired of hearing about the veg and how good they are for you? Think veg is the most boring topic there is? Well,I would not be jumping to conclusions just yet! Did you know that the Spanish love not only to eat tomatoes but also throw them…at each other?! Yes, there is a famous Spanish festival – La Tomatina- where people throw about 150,000 tomatoes at each other. Nothing boring about that! I’m not encouraging you to throw a salad at your friends next time you see them (although that would be super fun, right?!), I mean start thinking about veg as these superheroes that can protect your body from almost any disease if you only let them! So, have fun and veg out!

My basic recipe is great to have on hand and the roasting technique brings out the natural sweet flavors of the vegetables and they’re so easy to prepare!  In fact, I make some version of this as least once a week with any vegetables I may have at home (my favorites: carrots, green beans and zucchini). You can keep it simple with salt and pepper, or add some garlic, turmeric or Italian seasoning.

Ingredients:
8 cups seasonal vegetables
2 tablespoons olive oil Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Clean and cut vegetables to desired shape around the same size.
3. Toss vegetables in the olive oil, salt and pepper, fresh herbs (and any other spices you wish… the more the merrier).
4. Place vegetables on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 25-35 minutes, shaking the pan at least twice during the roasting time. Roast until the veggies are tender and nicely roasted.

 


 

Swag of the Month



 

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March 2019 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Tony, Lanier High

 

Tony is an 11th grade student from our JKL program at Lanier High School in Austin, TX and he is finding his voice! With only a few months under his belt, Tony has strived to become one of the most active students in the JKL program.

After being exposed to Zumba, Hip-Hop Dance, and proper stretching techniques, Tony has found a new passion. Sharing dance moves with his family members is becoming a weekly ritual. He is focused on eliminating junk food and eating more veggies. He is becoming a role model and really sees it as a way of life now. Despite being busy with his fire academy obligations and chemistry hobby, Tony always makes the time to enjoy JKL fitness sessions.

Tony is full of energy and wants to share the love he has found in movement with his peers. Says Tony’s JKL teacher, Ms. Willis, “While last year he only watched, this year Tony has become very active in JKL. He has been very engaged in our community service activities and takes pride in helping others. As Tony has learning disabilities and has been teased in the past for being different, he has dedicated his time now to doing as much as he can to make others feel included and cared about.”

 


 

Gratitude Quote of the Month

"I’m grateful for these Gratitude Circles, because they have shown me that I am not the only one going through something. They have bonded me and my classmates into something stronger than friendship."

— Joy, Venice

 


 

A Race to the Finish

 

 

Team JKL Los Angeles recently enjoyed a fun-filled morning with students from our Fairfax and Huntington Park programs who participated in Upward Bound House’s 7th Annual Home Run For Kids in the Brentwood neighborhood.

This community event included a 5k and a Kiddie Fun Run for the little ones, along with expo booths featuring UBH programs, partner organizations, activities for children and adults and great food. The Home Run for Kids is a great opportunity for parents, kids, local businesses, schools and the community to come together to help solve family homelessness, a growing crisis across Los Angeles. We were so proud of all of our runners for taking advantage of this great event benefiting a wonderful cause!

 


 

Making a Splash For Spring

 

 

Our JKL program at Fremont High School in Los Angeles is making a big splash this Spring by utilizing their indoor pool!

Says JKL teacher Ms. Dill, “We did this for several reasons. First, the JKL Monthly Quote for February highlights the virtue of courage, and for many of our kids in south central LA, swimming is not a skill in which they have much confidence in themselves. We wanted to give them the courage to try something new. The second reason is that swimming and water survival skills are very important for everyone to know. If we can at least teach these students what to do if they fall into a pool or body of water, I would consider it a success! Our goal was to make the kids more comfortable in the water, to push their limits, and to show them their strength and their courage!”

 


 

Camila’s Tip: Camila’s Tip: Post-Workout Green Shake

 

 

After a workout try turning to a healthy snack to re-fuel! Camila like to make this healthy Post-Workout Shake! And, don’t be shy with the spinach! A healthy shake is the way to go a because it’s easy for when you’re on the go, is packed with nutrients (like fiber and omega from added chia seeds!), and works perfectly as a meal substitute.

Ingredients
1/4 cup frozen mango chunks
1/4 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 banana
1 heaping handful organic baby spinach
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 cup unsweetened almond milk


Instructions
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth

ENJOY!

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Beller Nutrition Recipe of the Month

Cucumber Refresher Salad
Rachel Beller MS, RDN

 

 

If you’re looking for a quick, nutritious, refreshing salad, I’ve got it for you. With just 4 healthy ingredients, you are set! My tip: make this salad ahead of time, keep it in the fridge for a bit, and enjoy it chilled. And to make it a complete meal, pair this salad with a serving of tuna or grilled chicken.Try adding parsley, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and pepper. Yum!

Fun Fact: cucumbers are about 96% water and are super low in calories. The expression ‘cool as a cucumber’ comes from the fact that the inside of a cucumber can be 20 degrees cooler than the outside temperature. (Now, I wish I was as cool as a cucumber sometimes, literally!) Besides being super cool and hydrating, cucumbers are also a good source of potassium, vitamins C and A. And you don’t really have to come up with anything fancy to turn them into a super delish and refreshing meal.

Servings: 4

Ingredients:
6-8 Persian cucumbers or 2 English cucumbers
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
3 lemons, juiced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
1. Slice cucumbers as thin as possible
2. Place them into a large bowl.
3. Add the chopped parsley
4. Add fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and sea salt and pepper to taste. Stir all ingredients together.

 


 

Swag of the Month



 

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February 2019 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Zaikir

 

Hamilton High school JKL faithful, Zaikir, was once a shy and soft-spoken student and has now grown in confidence!

With a full year under his belt, Zaikir has found his voice and community within the JKL program. Hearing his fellow peers share in the gratitude circle has helped Zaikir open up about his feelings.

“When I am down, I always have someone to count on to be there for me” he shared. After graduation, Zaikir is hoping to enhance his music production skills and make his way in the music industry.

 


 

Gratitude Quote of the Month

"I’m grateful for the word of the month – ‘Courage’ because this program has given me the courage to stand up for what I believe in."

— NeCoe, Ballou High School, Washington D.C.

 


 

Come join Camila McConaughey at our Monique Lhuillier Fashion Show in Austin!

 

 

We’re thrilled to announce that renowned fashion designer, Monique Lhuillier, will showcase her Fall 2019 collection of couture gowns at dresses at our annual Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M) Fashion Show on April 26 in Austin, TX. The show is hosted by our very own Camila Alves McConaughey along with Sally Brown and Amy Ingram with presenting partner, Neiman Marcus. Seats are selling fast and the event WILL sell out! Get yours today HERE

“We are excited to have Monique Lhuillier as part of our 2019 Fashion Show,” said Camila Alves McConaughey. “It’s a brand that embodies glamour and timeless fashion. The show will be stunning.” Monique Lhuillier is internationally recognized as one of America’s foremost couture bridal and ready-to-wear brands. She remains a red carpet favorite amongst Hollywood’s elite and her couture bridal gowns continue to be coveted by women all over the globe.

This spring marks the seventh year of the Mack, Jack & McConaughey event, which has resulted in over $10 million raised since the benefit’s launch in 2013. The just keep livin Foundation is proud to be one of the charitable beneficiaries of this legendary event.

 


 

“Conscious Living”

 

 

We really enjoyed getting together recently with our just keep livin Foundation Board of Directors and Advisory Board to recap 2018 and brainstorm for how to make 2019 even better!

We have more programs (33) than ever and this kind of growth wouldn’t be possible without the support of our Board. It takes a village to have the kind of impact our programs are having and we are so grateful for the support of Matthew and Camila and all of these generous and passionate individuals who have the biggest hearts and love to give back.

We especially want to thank Mr. Anthony Thomas, who runs the JKL program at Animo South Los Angeles High School, for the amazing and heartfelt speech he gave at the meeting. He is adored by his students and always shows up for JKL community service events with a huge smile on his face. When asked what JKL means to him, he coined the phrase, “conscious living,” which resonated with all of us and you just might see it on a JKL T-shirt someday!

 


 

Warren Easton High School is Jumping into the New Year

 

 

Our JKL students from Warren Easton enjoyed a fun end of the year party at Sector 6 in New Orleans! The students defied gravity at one of the coolest facilities in America.

With over 12,000 square feet of connected, world-class trampolines, our students enjoyed this bonding experience complete with trampolines, launching decks and a few ceiling challenges which tested their strength! Dodgeball was among one of the their favorite activities played together! Dodgeballs + Cage + Wall-to-Wall Trampolines = Intense Fun!

 


 

Running in the New Year at the Rose Bowl

 

 

Our Los Angeles JKL students from Manual Arts High School and Huntington Park High School started the year off by attending the Pasadena Rose Bowl 5K Run!

It was a very cold morning with an early bus pick up, but our students showed up with smiling faces and ready to run. We were joined by our in house yoga instructor and dear friend Kirschen. It is always awesome to have our partners volunteer their time and join us in physical fitness activities.

The course ran around the Rose Bowl Stadium and finished on the iconic football field at the 50-yard line. Thank you to the whole Conqur Endurance team for having our JKL students participate in the race!

 


 

Ballou High School JKL Students Spend MLK Jr. Day Making Care Packages

 

 

On Monday, January 21st , the JKL program from Ballou High School partnered with Rocketship Rise Academy in Ward 8 to assist in creating packages that consisted of blankets, snacks, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, floss, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste and words of encouragement for those in need.

This year’s goal was to deliver 1,200 packages to people in need throughout DC. Our students shopped for items and spent $75 for all the basic necessity supplies. Our JKL instructors talked about how some kids usually spend $75 on a new pair of sneakers or clothes but how they were able to fund 8 care packages with that same amount of money.

The event coordinator was thankful for their donations, as many showed up empty handed. The event was packed and the students were able to pack a care bags of each of the donated items. We are so proud of our youth giving back to those in need throughout their community!

 


 

Camila’s Tip: Eggplant Pizzas

 

 

For a healthier take on pizza, try Camila’s Mini Eggplant Pizzas — With fresh basil and cheese, this recipe swaps crust for pieces of roasted eggplant and are a healthier way to enjoy a snack.

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.
8. Make sure you keep a close look while the eggplant is under the broiler as they can burn really fast.

 


 

Beller Nutrition Recipe of the Month

AM Avocado Toast
Rachel Beller MS, RDN

 

 

This recipe is so simple, so flavorful, and a guaranteed crowd pleaser! With just 4-5 ingredients, you can quickly make a satisfying lunch for yourself after coming home from school, or use this recipe to impress your friends and family. I personally love garlic! If you’re a garlic lover too, mince 1 clove, and add it in with the snow peas.

Servings: 4

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil or sesame oil
6 cups snow peas
1-2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Optional:
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, or 1 clove garlic, minced

Directions:
1. In a medium skillet over medium heat, heat the oil. Add the snow peas and cook, shaking the pan around and stirring constantly, for 3 to 4 minutes.
2. Pour in soy sauce and sesame seeds and cook another 1 minute. Serve.

 


 

Swag of the Month



 

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January 2019 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Keila

 

JKL member Keila from Antioch High Schools has had 100% attendance since the program’s inception in 2016. “I’m grateful for the JKL program and I love all the amazing people I now have in my life”. The gratitude circle, community service events and fitness activities have been the motivation for her dedication to the program.

The gratitude circle has allowed her to take time to reflect on life and the things she has taken for granted. Community service events like the Tennessee Titans coat drive have had a huge impact on Keila, especially knowing that she is making a difference in her community.

Outside of JKL, Keila has been attending a young teacher’s certification program since the 10th grade and aspires to become a marriage and family therapist. Since this is her senior year, Keila is planning on taking advantage of every single JKL opportunity. We look forward to seeing her shine in our program this year.

 


 

Gratitude Quote of the Month

"I’m grateful for life because it must be enjoyed at all times, every minute counts!"

— Jose, East Austin College Prep High School, Austin, Texas

 


 

Sorting Coats for Those in Need with the Tennessee Titans

 

 

We want to thank the Titans organization for making this opportunity possible!

The JKL students at Antioch High School in Nashville, Tennessee spent two days at Nissan Stadium collecting coats from fans and sorting the coats for people in need. They collected over 800 coats and got to celebrate by watching the Titans beat the Patriots! It was a great experience for the students to give back to their community and attend an NFL game.

 


 

JKL Students Meet Reese Witherspoon at the Texas Conference for Women

 

 

On October 24th, members from our JKL program at East Austin College Prep attended the 20th Annual Texas Conference for Women. This amazing event provided connection, motivation, networking, inspiration and skill building for our girls and those who attended.

The mission of the Conference for Women is to promote, communicate and amplify the influence of women in the workplace and beyond. At the event, our students were able to connect with some of the keynote speakers, including award winning actress and producer, Reese Witherspoon. Our students walked away with empowerment, personal growth and a chance to connect with various organizations!

 


 

Farmers Markets Across the Country

 

 

From New Orleans to Los Angeles, our JKL programs have had fresh fruits and veggies on their minds! Our Warren Easton & Landry Walker New Orleans programs recently took a trip to the Crescent City Framers Market and Grow Dat Farms. There, JKL students met with local farmers, learned about the growing process of the fruits and vegetables, and even got to sample some of the fresh produce!

In Los Angeles, our Manual Arts JKL program recently helped run a farmers market for their fellow students and surrounding community. They picked fresh veggies from their own garden and partnered with other local nonprofits to bring an array of healthy items to the school quad, where their peers and neighbors could stop by to take home some complimentary groceries. JKL students provided tasty samples of fruit smoothies and held push-up and plank challenges for those who wanted to break a sweat to win a prize.

 


 

LA Students Serve Families at the Children’s Institute Winter Festival

 

 

Each year, the Children’s Institute holds a holiday extravaganza complete with gifts for kids, a caroling performance, pictures with Santa, face painting, bounce houses, and more! The JKL students volunteered their time to serve meals to the families in attendance, and assist with all of the fun activities for the kids. It was a great way to celebrate giving back to the city during the holidays.

 


 

Cleveland Students are Crazy for the Cavs!

 

 

We wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you to Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers for inviting our students to attend their recent home games at the Quicken Loans Arena .

The Cleveland Cavaliers are committed to positively impacting important social issues in their community in the areas of education, health & wellness, and youth development. With The Cavaliers Organization’s generous donation of tickets, they have provided many of our JKL students the opportunity to attend a Cavs game for the first time ever!

We are grateful for your partnership and helping to foster a sense of pride among our JKL students! Go CAVS!

 


 

Camila’s Tip: Cinnamon Baked Apples with Nuts + Coconut Sugar

 

 

This time of the year there is a LOT of refined sugar in everyone’s diet. Instead, try Camila’s Cinnamon Baked Apples with Nuts + Coconut Sugar. They are easy to make, taste amazing and use coconut sugar so they are a healthier way to enjoy dessert!

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

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a paring knife or apple corer, remove the stem and seeds from the apples, making a deep hole where the filling will go.
2. Combine the coconut sugar, butter and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix well to combine. Add the nuts. Spoon the mixture evenly into each of the apples.
3. Add 1/4 cup of water to a baking dish and place apples on top.
4. Bake for about 40-45 minutes, or until apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.
5. Spoon the sauce drippings from the pan over the apples.

 


 

Beller Nutrition Recipe of the Month

Sesame Snow Peas
Rachel Beller MS, RDN

 

 

This recipe is so simple, so flavorful, and a guaranteed crowd pleaser! With just 4-5 ingredients, you can quickly make a satisfying lunch for yourself after coming home from school, or use this recipe to impress your friends and family. I personally love garlic! If you’re a garlic lover too, mince 1 clove, and add it in with the snow peas.

Servings: 4

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil or sesame oil
6 cups snow peas
1-2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Optional:
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, or 1 clove garlic, minced

Directions:
1. In a medium skillet over medium heat, heat the oil. Add the snow peas and cook, shaking the pan around and stirring constantly, for 3 to 4 minutes.
2. Pour in soy sauce and sesame seeds and cook another 1 minute. Serve.

 


 

Swag of the Month

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December 2018 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Cici

 

Cici is a freshmen at Lanier High School in Austin, Texas. She is the true definition of a strong and dedicated leader. In addition to being a place to learn about fitness and nutrition, JKL has been a place of refuge for Cici after recently suffering some family trauma.

When her JKL instructor, Ms. Willis, asked her why she keeps coming to JKL, she replied, “I’m safe here and I know that I am cared for- so why go home to be alone when I can be in JKL doing something constructive”. The just keep livin program has provided CiCi with a safe place where new friendships have been made.

She has found a passion for Zumba and enjoys keeping an active lifestyle. Her goal after high school is to obtain her business degree and cosmetology license. She hopes to one day own and operate a hair studio.

 


 

Gratitude Quote of the Month

"I’m grateful that JKL has helped me improve my relationships with my parents, especially my dad. I’ve been able to teach my parents a little about exercising and making healthier choices and my dad and I now go on walks in the evening before bed.”"

— Luis, John H. Reagan High School

 


 

JKL Students Beautify Cleveland Public Library

 

 

On October 27th, students from our JKL program at John Adams High School in Cleveland, Ohio participated in a community service event at the Cleveland Public Library. The activity was an end of the season clean-up and street beautification project.

The purpose of the project was to restore community pride, create environmental safety, and bring members of the community and community partners together. The JKL team assisted in picking up trash and debris off of the sidewalks as well as planting flowers. JKL student, Jazmyne Peterson, said, “It doesn’t make sense that people throw all this stuff on the ground when they could put it in the trash.” Let’s all do our part to keep our environment clean!

 


 

Fabletics Donates Sports Bras to JKL Students

 

 

Thank you Fabletics, Kate Hudson’s activewear company, for donating your amazing Sports Bras to just keep livin students in New Orleans!

One of the main components of our programs is physical fitness, and without the proper support, our students are not able to get the most out of their workouts. Fabletics stepped up to help provide our students with the gear they need to reach their fitness goals! Said JKL student, Haley, “I run track, and this sports bra is way better than the one I have now.” Added JKL member, Doris, “Now I can give my mom her bra back, since I have this one.” Thank you Fabletics for changing the game for these JKL students when it comes to fitness!

 


 

Dodgers Foundation Invites JKL to College and Career Panel

 

 

Our amazing partners at the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation invited our LA JKL students to a College and Career Accelerator Panel. The students had the opportunity to meet admissions directors from UCLA, USC, Pepperdine University, Cal State LA, and Cal State Northridge. The students asked questions about applying to college, and learned how to be successful in college and beyond. Thank you Dodgers Foundation!

 


 

AMC Hosts Exclusive JKL Screening for the New Movie Tiger

 

 

On Tuesday, November 13th, 100 Los Angeles JKL students got to attend a screening of the new film, Tiger, as well as a Q&A with Prem Singh and Michael Pugliese, who play the two main characters in the film.

The students each received free popcorn and drinks, courtesy of AMC Theatres. They were inspired by this true story of overcoming adversity and loved hearing the actors’ talk about what it was like to produce this film. Thank you to the Tiger team and AMC Theatres!

 


 

Dr. Tommy John Empowers JKL Students in San Diego

 

 

JKL Students at Morse High School in San Diego came out in droves recently to hear a motivational speech from Dr. Tommy John, a former pro baseball player who obtained a Masters in Health and Exercise Science and opened the Dr. Tommy John Performance and Healing Center.

As the son of renowned Major League Baseball pitcher Tommy John, who played in the Major Leagues for 26 seasons and was the first person to comeback in 1974 from the revolutionary surgery named the Tommy John Surgery, it is not surprising that Dr. Tommy developed a passion for proper healing and physical function as he witnessed firsthand the outcomes of injury, innovation and principled healing.

It was so inspiring to hear him talk about the importance of tapping into the healing power inside of themselves and how visualization and meditation can help them achieve their goals. Said Dr. Tommy, “if you’re on the side of the majority, step back and ask what’s wrong” – an important lesson for these kids to stay true to themselves despite whatever obstacles they may face!

 


 

Camila’s Tip: Winter Tea for Kids

 

 

This time of the year, kids always seem to be fighting some kind of cold — It’s constant, and usually unavoidable. Growing up in Brazil, whenever I got sick, my Mom would make this tea for me, and it always made me feel better. Eventually she started making it to help prevent me from getting sick. Now I have carried on the tradition, and I make it for my children this time of year, whether they are sick or not.

Ingredients:
3 tbsp of honey
1 tbsp of sliced ginger
Juice from 1 lemon
2 slices of turmeric
4 cups of water

Directions:
Start by placing your honey in a medium saucepan over low heat and stir. You are going to want to cook it until it becomes dark in color. While that starts to cook, add in your chopped ginger. Next, squeeze your lemons and leave them in the pot, and add in the two sliced of turmeric. Finally, pour in your water and let the tea simmer in the pot for a few minutes and then serve!

 


 

Beller Nutrition Recipe of the Month

Balsamic and Garlic Roasted Cauliflower
Rachel Beller MS, RDN

 

 

It seems that white foods don’t get as much attention as the colorful ones and that needs to stop. True, some of them are not that nutritious (we all know to stay away from white bread and white rice!) but are all white foods equally bad for us? The answer is NO! Take for example cauliflower – it is a super powerful veg that is packed with disease-fighting compounds like fiber, vitamin C, B vitamins, magnesium, selenium and potassium. Whoa! That’s a lot of good stuff! Add some garlic (another awesome white food!) and turmeric and you got yourself a crucial cruciferous cancer-fighting and waistline-friendly dish that your whole family can dig into. Warm it up or eat it cold, share it with your fam or pack it as a veg side dish for school lunch – you are in total control!

Servings: 1

Ingredients:
2 heads cauliflower, (about 8 cups roughly chopped)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon turmeric
4 cloves garlic, minced
Sea salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (optional and can be regular or glazed)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a large mixing bowl, toss cauliflower florets with oil, turmeric, salt and pepper and spread onto the baking sheets.
Roast for 25 minutes then add the garlic. Roast for another 5 minutes until you can smell the garlic. Remove from oven and then drizzle the balsamic if desired.

 


 

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November 2018 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Joia White

 

Joia White is a passionate animal lover, talented volleyball player, and dedicated JKL student. Joia attends Cohen High School in New Orleans.

Since the inception of the JKL program at Cohen, Joia has been an active member, participating in program recruitment, establishing new friendships, trying new experiences, and prioritizing her health. Before joining the JKL program, Joia considered herself lazy. Now, she is committed to working out regularly.

She has also urged her mother to incorporate more vegetables and smoothies into their family meals. Joia is currently a sophomore and we are excited to see her in action, as a leader, over the next two years!
 


 

Gratitude Quote of the Month

"I’m grateful that JKL inspired me to give back to my community. I’ve begun to volunteer at an animal shelter and donate blood. Thank you JKL for making a positive difference in my life"

— Jackie, Venice High School

 


 

Kayak and Paddle Board Adventure: Austin

 

 

On Tuesday, October 2nd, the JKL program from EAC Prep spent the evening building community at The Expedition School, an amazing outdoor adventure school that provides outdoor education, safety training, and medical and aquatic support to the community.

JKL students met David, a visually impaired member of the Expedition School, who helped the kids get out on the water and shared his AMAZING story. The JKL kids were so excited to have their gratitude circle out on the water, in their kayaks and on their paddle boards! It is first time experiences like this that bring a smile to our students faces!

 


 

Nashville Predators Foundation Lends a Hand to JKL at Maplewood HS

 

On Monday, October 8th, the JKL program at Maplewood High School received a very special visit from their sponsor organization, the Nashville Predators Foundation, who came to lend a hand to Maplewood’s campus beautification project.

Together the students and volunteers weeded garden beds, replaced soil, planted two apple trees, a pear tree, carrot seats, lettuce, cabbage as well as some flowers before adding compost to the beds. It was an amazing transformation from the time everyone started to when they finished!

It was magical to bring together several members from the Predators Foundation along with two of team’s players, Freddy Gaudreau and Tony Bitetto, to help our students plant and begin to cultivate their own food on campus.

Also a great big thank you to Adam Yokey and the Martha O’Bryan Center who purchased and delivered all of the items. The event sent a positive message to the students that their surrounding community is there for them!

 


 

Austin Students Surprised with Trip to UT Football Game

 

Go Longhorns! Matthew and Camila shared their University of Texas pride with our JKL students from Akins High School by inviting them to their luxury suite recently for the UT vs. Baylor football game.

The students had a great time enjoying the food in the suite and watching UT win, 23-17!

 


 

Red River Celebrity Softball Game

 

This past month, 60 just keep livin students from our Dallas programs got the chance to attend the 2nd Annual Red River Softball Game where they cheered on JKL Founder, Matthew McConaughey, as he took the field.

Our students had the chance to hang out with our founder, Matthew McConaughey, UT legends Mack Brown and Vince Young , country music star Toby Keith, and the great MLB Pitcher Roger Clemens. The students loved seeing all the celebrities out of their element, competing against each other.

For many of our students this was their first time outside of the Dallas area. The students were so grateful for the experience. JKL is honored to be able to provide these first time moments.
 


 

Camila’s Tip for Eating Greens in the Winter

 

Kale with Apples, Goji Berries, and Warm Pancetta Vinaigrette

This time of the year, it’s not always easy to get enough greens in your diet! Kale is a superfood that is packed with protein and nutrition, and it also happens to be in season in the cooler months. I love to make recipes with kale in the winter, especially this Kale with Apples, Goji Berries, and Warm Pancetta Vinaigrette salad. It’s got a ton of flavor, and is really impressive on the dinner table!

Ingredients:
• 4 ounces 110 grams pancetta, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
• 1 bag of kale — I usually buy the bag of kale already pre washed and cut! But if you are buying the whole Kale bunch remove the stem and cut into salad size.
• 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
• 1 small shallot finely minced (1/4 cup or 40 grams)
• 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
• 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
• 1/2 Red Delicious apple unpeeled and diced
• 1/4 cup 35 grams goji berries
• 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice from 1/2 a small lemon
Shaved Parmesan for finishing

Instructions:
1. Start by softening your kale by drizzling a little olive oil, a little bit of lemon and kosher or flake salt. Massage the kale so that it breaks down just a little, but not too much as this will be a warm salad.
2. Add the pancetta to a large sauté pan set over medium-low heat. Cook until brown and most of the fat has rendered, about 10 minutes. While the pancetta cooks, wash the kale, remove the tough inner ribs, and cut into 1-inch ribbons.
3. Once the pancetta is brown, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and the shallots and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until the shallots are golden around the edges and cooked through.
4. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, mustard, and red wine vinegar.
5. Pour the warm vinaigrette over the kale. Add the apples, currants, and lemon juice. Toss to combine. Use a vegetable peeler to shave large, thin wisps of Parmesan over the salad to finish.
Serve immediately and enjoy!

 


 

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October 2018 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Earl Bullock

 

Earl Bullock is a dedicated senior from the Ballou High School just keep livin program in Washington D.C. Earl is excited to enter his 2nd year in the JKL program! Last year he experienced a lot of firsts, including his first time running a 5k race, taking a spin class and choosing to make healthy food choices.

During his 9th & 10th grade year Earl was not able to join the JKL program due to his family responsibilities as an awesome big brother. Every day after school he would pick up his younger sister and make sure she got home safe.

Earl is a young man who has a positive outlook on life and is now taking full advantage of the JKL resources. We were honored to have him as the JKL student speaker for the Redskins ‘Welcome Home Luncheon” this past August.

After high school, Earl is hoping to attend Florida State University to study business administration and to one day, open his own mechanic shop in his neighborhood.

 


 

Gratitude Quote of the Month

"I’m grateful to my parents for coming to this country and making a better life for us."

— Thuy, Eastern Hills

 


 

Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day 2018

 

 
It was an honor for our Founders, Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves, to participate in the Cantor Fitzgerald/BGC Partners Charity Day 2018 on September 11th. Every year, Cantor Fitzgerald and their affiliates, BGC Partners and GFI Group, in conjunction with the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, commemorate their 658 friends and colleagues and 61 Eurobrokers employees who perished on September 11, 2001 by distributing 100% of their global revenues on Charity Day to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and dozens of charities around the world, including j.k. livin.

Matthew and Camila had the opportunity to visit their offices and Matthew even got to jump on the phone with clients and help conduct trades while he was there. We were all touched and moved to be a part of this special event.

 


 

Samsung Gala

 

On Thursday, September 27th, Samsung held their 17th Annual Charitable Gala at the Manhattan Center in New York. This annual event brings together luminaries from across the worlds of entertainment and business to help raise awareness for a variety of important social and charitable programs, with the primary goal of raising funds to help people build brighter futures.

We are so grateful to Samsung for choosing the just keep livin Foundation as one of the beneficiaries for this amazing event! The event was attended by three of just keep livin’s finest, Aaliyah Williams and Aaliyah Clark who are two members of the Anacostia JKL team as well as Tiffany Gill who is one of our JKL instructors in D.C. Both Aaliyahs took over the social media coverage of the event! It was a fun filled evening for all! A heartfelt thank you to Samsung for their continued support!

 


 

Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation 5K

 

On Sunday September 30, over 80 of our Los Angeles just keep livin students participated in the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation 5K race, for the 3rd year in a row. This race is an event we always look forward to participating in because The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation has been a great sponsor and partner in providing top-notch experiences for our JKL students.

Our students love the course, the energy of all the runners and the field tour at the end of the race! Fitness is one of our key elements and what better way to incorporate a day of fitness than with competitive smiles and local city pride. Thank you to the Dodgers Foundation, we are looking forward to year 4!

 


 

Venice JKL Program Goes Kayaking!

 

On Saturday, September 8th, our JKL instructors at Venice High School took their program kayaking in Marina Del Ray, California. This fun-filled day provided their students an opportunity to get out on the water and just explore through the channel!

JKL instructor Cam David said, “Once the students put on their safety gear, practiced the forward stroke on the paddle, they were on their way and had an absolute blast!” Students expressed that for many, this was their first time kayaking and they were surprised at how paddling at a steady pace had them breathing fast and their hearts pumping! This fun and memorable event left a lasting impression on our students and it was a day they won’t soon forget!

 


 

Halloween Tip from Camila

 

Life gets busy, and sometimes you just can’t do it all! I have learned that it is better to go easy on yourself, and know that as long as you are doing your best, you’re doing fine! Last year I got invited to a friend’s Halloween party, and had no time to bring a treat. I improvised and got a store bought cake, and added a carrot nose, googly eyes and a little witch hat — It was an easy + fun solution, and saved me a lot of time!

 


 

Recipe of the Month

 

Smoothie Bowl

Now this is a picture worthy breakfast! Pictures of smoothie bowls have been all over the place lately. Instead of buying one that’s packed with sugar and super high in calories, why not make one that’s super nutritious, and totally unique to you. Once you make the smoothie, you’re free to add your favorite fruits, nuts, seeds! I personally love adding bananas, raspberries, and pepita seeds. The Beller Basic Smoothie Bowl contains Healthy fats from chia seeds, fiber and tons of important minerals and vitamins from banana and spinach. Get creative, and enjoy!
 

Servings: 1

Ingredients:
½ cup milk (try almond, soy, or coconut!)
½ banana, frozen
1 cup baby spinach
1 tablespoon vegan protein powder
1 tablespoon chia seeds

Optional Toppings:
1 tablespoon slivered almonds
½ cup fresh berries of choice

Directions:
1. Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and puree until smooth.
2. Add toppings.

 


 

Swag of the Month

 

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September 2018 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Bianca

 

2nd year Chemistry and Health Teacher Bari Applebaum from Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles is the newest edition to our JKL family of instructors.

Bari hails from Minnesota with an experienced green thumb that started at the age of 8 years old. Bari is looking forward to combining her love for the environment, nutrition, and fitness to make the JKL program thrive.

She has already coordinated one of the high schools first public farmers markets held on campus. We love how passionate and resourceful our JKL instructors are when they come on board!

We are looking forward to seeing Bari in action while providing life changing opportunities for our JKL students.

 


 

Gratitude Quote of the Month

"I’m grateful for JKL, it’s like my home away from home. I’ve never been good at sports, but here everyone is so positive and motivates me to achieve my workout goals. I feel really comfortable here."

— Damian / Hamilton

 


 

Kershaw’s Challenge Ping Pong 4 Purpose Event

 

One of our new program sponsors, Kershaw’s Challenge founded by Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen, recently honored Matthew with the Impact Award at their Ping Pong 4 Purpose charity event.

Since 2013, the Kershaws have hosted this celebrity ping pong tournament on the field at Dodger Stadium to help raise funds for their foundation.

Kershaw’s Challenge works to empower people to use their spheres of influence to impact communities positively and transform at-risk children and neighborhoods. They have generously agreed to fund the JKL program at Fremont High School in Los Angeles starting this Fall and we were so excited to be able to celebrate this new partnership by coming out to support their event.

Our whole team, including Fremont teachers Amber Dill and Esteban Beltran who run the JKL program there, loved being at Dodger Stadium and taking part in the action. We look forward to a great partnership with this amazing organization!

 


 

JKL Student Speaks at Washington Redskins Welcome Home Luncheon

 

We were so honored to be a part of the Washington Redskins Welcome Home Luncheon on August 29th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in D.C. JKL member, Earl Bullock, who is a Senior at Ballou High School, spoke to the crowd of 700 about what being a part of just keep livin has meant to him. Earl talked about how JKL has taught him “the importance of eating right, setting and achieving personal goals, and experiencing the world outside of Southeast D.C.” He continued, “JKL has given me the skills to overcome challenges that I may come across in the future.” We are so proud of Earl for delivering an amazing speech to such a large crowd and even getting some laughs along the way!

Our program at Ballou is made possible by the generous funding of the Redskins Charitable Foundation. We have enjoyed a five-year partnership with them and each year, thanks to their support, we have been able to expose our D.C. students to even more unique opportunities and experiences, including the Redskins Draft Day Dash 5K at FedExField.

The Welcome Home Luncheon is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation. The Charitable Foundation, which strives to make a positive and measurable impact in the lives of children in the Washington, D.C. area, raised $750,000 at the annual event that highlights the work the team does both in the community and on the field.

 


 

Welcome Back Round Up

 

It is officially the start of a new year for our jkl programs across the country! We are looking forward to bringing quality programs and preparing our young people for life after high school!

Our jkl program has expanded and we will be launching new programs in both Houston, TX and San Diego, CA This year! We would like to give a huge shout out to all of our amazing partners, sponsors and jkl instructors! Let’s have an awesome year!

 


 

FIT EXPO: Anaheim

 

On Saturday, August 25th, 20 of our JKL students from Animo South Los Angeles attended The Fit Expo which is a 2 day event being held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

This event showcases major competitions, top fitness stars, plus a giant expo floor with 250 booths showcasing products like fitness equipment, protein health supplements and many more products and services concerning fitness in the Wellness, Health & Fitness industry.

Our students were thrilled to join a community of health and fitness enthusiasts in the local community! Just keep livin would like to thank Brendan Cosso from the World Calisthenics Organization for inviting and providing the tickets for our JKL students and staff! Our programs would not be possible without the support of the surrounding community and people like Brendan who continue to support our foundation and the students we serve!

 


 

Recipe From Camila

 

Camila’s Guacamole has a very unexpected ingredient!

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Swag of the Month

 

Thanks for your Support!

Just keep livin is not a rule book, it’s a lifestyle. What makes it so unique is you can apply it to your own life, in your own way. A portion of all proceeds from just keep livin merchandise benefits the just keep livin foundation. Thanks for your support!

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Coach’s Corner with Jenn Zerling

Three HIIT Workouts in Less Than 10 Minutes

High Intensity Interval Training is the buzz phrase for top notch workout in the fitness industry and has been for many years now. Also referred to as “HIIT” the benefits are certainly worth the temporary discomfort that HIIT brings. Some of the benefits include:


1) Improved Athletic Performance. You essentially train all energy sources through a vigorous heart rate increase and drop within a small time frame. These surges and drops in heart rate in such a small time places a tremendous metabolic demand on the cardio-respiratory systems, thereby creating an oxygen debt, requiring the body to repay that debt hours after the workout. The actual energy utilized during the workout between the different energy zones (both aerobic and anaerobically) forces the body to acclimate to become more fuel efficient over time, thereby improving one’s endurance and aerobic capacity.


2) You Become a Fat Burning Machine. Most athletes who train at very high intensities have excellent body composition values. The reason why is because of the whole first bullet-point. And of course, other than great genes, a lot of these athletes who are in it for the long haul also focus on optimal nutrition. See bullet #4.


3) HIIT Workouts Save You Time. They are based on the Tabata method which is 4 minutes in total, however, you can adapt them according to the amount of time you have to exercise. Working out in intervals will increase your post metabolic burn or EPOC (Excess Post- Exercise Oxygen Consumption). Your total calories burned in a HIIT program is quite impressive compared to most other workouts.


HERE are 3 great workout options that are short and to the point – only 4 minutes each! If you want to get about 10 minutes in, including a warm up for about 3-5 minutes, do these activities and get ready to work hard in a short time. Do NOT overdo it and always consult a doctor before starting a new program. Have fun!

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August 2018 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Bianca

 

Meet our amazing Intern Bianca! She is a former junior life guard, super Beyoncé fan and avid hiker who is approaching the 11th grade at Animo Venice Charter H.S.

Bianca came through our partnership with the Green Dot Public Schools summer internship program. She has been a pleasure to work with this summer and has played a significant role in getting our office ready for the upcoming school year.

Once her high school years are complete, Bianca is looking forward to staying in California for college and embracing her passion for hair & makeup. We are excited to see what the future holds for Bianca and wish her nothing but the best in school and in her future endeavors.

 


 

Gratitude Quote of the Month

"I am grateful for JKL because it has given me additional family, inspiration, and made my dreams come true."

— Elicia / Ballou High School, Washington D.C.

 


 

Field Trip to Box Union – Santa Monica

 

Our JKL program from Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles recently had the chance to experience an awesome workout at The Box Union in Santa Monica, CA.

The Box Union provides a well-structured interactive boxing to the beat workout class for all fitness levels! From the moment the first song came on to the last song our JKL students were filled with sweat, smiles and motivation.

Our Box Union instructor, Kyle, did a great job teaching the class with infectious energy and positivity. We would like to thank Co-Founder, President & CEO of Box Union, Felicia Alexander for hosting our JKL students!

 


 

World Calisthenics Organization (WCO) Collaboration

 

Brendan Cosso, Founder of the World Calisthenics Organization (WCO), recently visited our JKL summer program at Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles with two of his world-renowned coaches, Chris and Andrew. The focus of the WCO is to create strong, healthy human beings, which they do through their vast global network and Team of Elite Calisthenics Coaches who offer leadership skills and training. WCO’s mission is to raise awareness and build confidence in a way that is accessible to all people, regardless of culture, race or socioeconomic status.

Part of the reason our session with the WCO was so powerful is that each coach was very transparent in sharing their stories on how calisthenics saved their lives. The main thread throughout the day was to encourage our students to find their passion and invest the time to make their dreams a reality! Each exercise, from bear crawls and push-ups on balance boards to tackling a handstand, was thoroughly demonstrated and modified as needed for all fitness levels.

Our students were so excited and didn’t want the session to end! Brendan and his coaches are the true definition of “paying it forward” for our youth and motivating them to turn to calisthenics instead of embracing negative behavior. We look forward to bringing Brendan and his coaches out to all of our Los Angeles schools just livin programs this Fall!

 


 

Yoga Tip From Camila

 

Try and take a few minutes every day to just be with yourself and reflect. We all get busy, but just a few minutes each day of quiet time that is set aside just for you can have a big impact on how you think and feel. I like to do this in the morning, but any break during the day to get quiet is really beneficial, especially for lowering your stress levels!

 


 

Recipe of the Month – Mediterranean Chop Chop

Want a quick, hearty, satisfying, and healthy meal? We’ve got it for you. This Mediterranean salad is so fresh and so easy to make. Have it on its own, or have it on the side of a piece of chicken or fish.

Fun Fact: In 2012 the world’s largest salad was made in Romania and it weighed 41,998 pounds! (try eating that for lunch!) While salads in general are good for you, the ones with the prepared dressing can have more calories than a double cheeseburger or pizza. (crazy, huh?!) So, the best way to eat a salad is to make it yourself including the dressing – it doesn’t have to be anything fancy, you can just use extra-virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice and sea salt. This dressing takes only a sec to make and goes with almost any salad – you can add it to some diced cucumbers, tomatoes and bell peppers. I call it a ‘Mediterranean Chop Chop’ – it is so yummy and oh so good for you! Olive oil provides healthy fats, lemon juice and bell peppers – tons of vitamin C, tomatoes – dietary fiber and vitamin A. Dig in!

Servings: 1

Ingredients:
2 medium cucumbers, diced
2 tomatoes, diced
½ yellow bell pepper, diced
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Sea salt, to taste

Directions: Combine all ingredients, chill if desired, and serve.

 


 

Swag of the Month

 

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July 2018 Newsletter

Gratitude Quote of the Month

“I’m grateful for being able to be a part of JKL with my sister. We work out and encourage each other to work towards our life and fitness goals.”

— Jordan, Hamilton

 


 

Photography JKL Contest

 

Alyssa – 1st Place Finalist

During the month of May, we received an awesome donation of high quality photography equipment from San Diego natives, the Hicks Family. We decided to have a fun photography contest with some of our aspiring JKL photographers.
 

We had students from our Los Angeles, Dallas, and Austin programs enter the contest. Each participant had to submit 3-4 photos that represented what JKL means to them through their camera’s lens.
 

We had some amazing entries with great creative approaches that made it hard to pick only two winners! Both our 1st first place (Alyssa) and 2nd place (Lucy) came from our Animo Inglewood JKL program.
 

Lucy – 2nd Place Finalist

We are so grateful for every single donation we receive as a foundation. It makes opportunities like this possible and gives our students a creative outlet of expression!

 


 

Beach Day With the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation

 

For our JKL Los Angeles End of the Year Celebration, we were thrilled to team up with our friends at the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation. This organization is doing remarkable work through providing free ocean therapy classes and surf lessons to veterans, foster children, and inner city youth.

On Saturday, June 2nd, we brought over 80 JKL students to El Porto Beach in the South Bay for a day filled with sunshine, laughter, physical challenges, and peer to peer motivation. For many of our students, it was their first time getting on a surfboard and for some, it was even their first time in the ocean.

The event itself helped bring to life the four major components of the JKL program by featuring Surfing & Body Surfing Stations (Fitness), a Yoga Station (Gratitude/Reflection), Beach Clean-Up Station (Community Service), and a healthy lunch and snacks for all attendees (Nutrition). We also had a Sandcastle team building station that turned out to be very competitive!

We are so grateful to the JMMF for all of their help executing this event and securing so many wonderful volunteers who donated their time to help make the day one our students will never forget. Additionally, we would like to thank our just keep livin teachers and staff, Growing Great, LACO Lifeguards, Campsurf, National Charity League, Surfrider SouthBay, Yoga Mittra, Luxottica, and Jersey Mikes.

 


 

Rewind and Dine

 

On Monday, June 4th, 2018, the JKL team from Theodore Roosevelt High School as well as our community partner, the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative invited our seven 12th grade JKL members to highlight and congratulate them on their upcoming graduation and as a thank you for participating in the JKL program. The team took the students to the restaurant Station 4 located in SW Washington, DC.

The premise to this activity being called “Rewind and Dine,” was to provide a new dining experience and reflect on the students’ experiences with the JKL Program during the 2017-2018 school year. The JKL students who attended were asked to share their biggest highlight with the program for the year as well as provide recommendations for the future. Below is a recap of what some of the students shared!
Christy shared that her highlight was feeding the homeless during their community service activity which took place on Sunday, April 8th. She recommended providing more insight into the student population with some of the community partners who come in to work with the students. That recommendation is an ongoing process the team is working on to improve throughout the entire school community, so Christy was right on point with that feedback!

William shared that his highlight was the Courtside Sports Panel event at Howard University that occurred on Friday, April 13th. William was intrigued and excited with the entire atmosphere of the college campus!
Emmanuel shared that his highlight was just being a part of the program. He stated that he appreciated the support and a place to go after school where he had the opportunity to have fun while exercising!

Overall, the first JKL “Rewind and Dine” evening experience was a success! The students were challenged to step out of their comfort zones and experience something new and different. The JKL instructors expressed how the evening was both exciting and refreshing to witness the students enjoy themselves and communicate their gratitude for the special evening and the program overall!

 


 

JKL National Teacher Training 2018

 

On June 21-22nd, just keep livin completed another successful Teacher Training where 70 of our JKL instructors gathered in Los Angeles. This year’s theme of “Strength in Numbers” provided the platform for all 32 of our programs to come together to share best practices, discuss programming, curriculum, and most importantly get re-energized for the 2018-2019 school year.

We thank all of our dedicated staff members who are on the front line providing successful programming across the country!

 


 

Grocery Shopping Tip from Camila

 

When you are at the grocery store, stick to shopping the perimeter of the store …. This is where you are going to find all of the healthy, whole foods that you want to be eating. If you can avoid getting most of your items in the isles, you will be able to eliminate a lot of processed foods.

 


 

Recipe of the Month – Infused Waters from Beller Nutrition

Most of us forget to drink enough water in the day and with so many other options (like juices, sodas, energy drinks) water can seem kinda dull… Mega tip: add any of these combinations to your water, whether it’s in a bottle for school or a bigger pitcher at home. Have fun hydrating!

Ginger and Lemon
1 tsp freshly grated ginger + 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced

Blueberries and Mint
1/4 cup frozen blueberries + 6 to 10 mint leaves

Apple Cinnamon Ginger
1 tsp freshly grated ginger + 1/4 apple, sliced + 1 cinnamon stick + splash of apple cider vinegar

Ginger Lemon Cucumber
1 tsp freshly grated ginger + 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced + 1/2 a medium cucumber

 


 

Swag of the Month

 

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