October 2019 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Chelsea, Hamilton High School, Los Angeles


Our Alum Chelsea has come full circle! She started her jkl journey 6 years ago at our jkl program at Hamilton High school in Los Angeles.

Chelsea recently graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in criminal justice. She is currently applying to Law schools around the country and is ready to lead the way for the jkl program at HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles) were she is the After School Programs coordinator. Chelsea is looking forward to bringing creative fitness activities, helping with self-esteem and encouraging the students to achieve their goals! While in college, Chelsea developed a passion for youth rights and wants to be a child advocate lawyer. She explained, “I want to bring equal and fair rights to the courtroom and be a voice for the youth.” We are so proud of Chelsea’s and excited to see her in action with the HOLA jkl program.



TKC and JKL Unite in Austin



On Sunday, September 22nd, all four of our Austin jkl programs partnered with the Kindness Campaign for a joint event at Akins High School!

Through our partnership with TKC, the students participated in 4 activations with a focus of using kindness as the central tool that centered on self-image, emotional awareness, empathy, and community. We are so grateful to the entire team at The Kindness Campaign for providing such a powerful and positive experience for our students!
For more information about The Kindness Campaign – visit



Carter Balloon Release



On September 11th, our jkl program at Carter High School in Dallas showed their gratitude for all the fallen victims of the 9/11 attacks with a balloon release during their gratitude circle.

They also paid respect to victims of the El Paso shooting while recognizing all the mass shootings that have been happening in our country. Each balloon that was released represented a color of awareness. The blue balloons represented the death of Police Officers and Firemen in the line of duty. During the release, students said prayers, spoke of unity within the jkl program and wished for a positive change in America.



Helping Our Students Succeed in the Game of Life



Our just keep livin students at North East High School in Austin were thrilled to receive a donation that will help them succeed not only on the playing field but in the game of life, as well!

One of our supporters, Lee Silber, an author and motivational speaker, was going to be participating in a conference in Austin and wanted to tie in a charitable component to his conference participation. He came up with the idea of sending “sports equipment with a message” to jkl teens.

He had the conference attendees write “life advice” and positive messages of encouragement and support on the football, basketballs and volleyballs. We were so touched by this creative and impactful donation!


Beller Nutrition Recipe of the Month

Fresh Tomato Tango

Rachel Beller MS, RDN

Like other fruits— yes fruits!— tomatoes are not only best when they are in season, but they are cheaper too! Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, providing an amazing 28% of the recommended daily amount. They also contain lycopene and beta carotene, two antioxidants known for their health benefits ranging from heart health to protection against the progression of certain types of cancers. The recipe can be prepared as the perfect side to any meal or eaten as a stand alone snack you can have on a warm, lazy day! Either way, tomatoes are a juicy, sweet addition to any day!

Makes: 2 servings

• 4 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half
• ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
• Sea salt and pepper, to taste

1. In a small bowl, combine tomatoes and basil.
2. Drizzle olive oil and vinegar over tomato basil mixture and add salt to taste.



Camila’s Tips



First, you bring a group of people together for a dinner. You can have a potluck, or take turns hosting. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate — Just a meal where you all sit down together and enjoy. Each dinner guest comes to the meal with two things: First, a donation. It can be any amount (whatever they are able to do). Second, each person comes with a donation destination in mind. It might be a neighbor down the street who is struggling to pay for child care, or someone they know who is going through medical treatment … It can be any situation that speaks to your heart!

As the dinner goes on, you all talk about who you think in your community could use a little extra help. At the end of the dinner, you all take a vote on where you think the money collected that night should go.

More Info on Women of Today »
Camila on IGTV Explaining the Dinners »



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September 2019 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Maggie, Animo Inglewood


Meet Maggie, our Animo Inglewood JKL Alum who is on her way to Harvard University in the Fall!

We are so proud to announce that Maggie was amongst the 4% of students accepted to Harvard this year! We are so happy for Maggie and all that she has achieved! Despite having hardships in her home life, Maggie prevailed with excellence through her school work and the JKL sessions for all four years during high school.

Maggie went from being a shy freshmen student looking for meaningful high school experiences to developing a passion for yoga, running 5k races and volunteering. Maggie is a natural leader and a great example of utilizing the JKL program to her benefit! This Fall, Maggie will be focusing on her general ed with an interest in obtaining an Engineering Degree from Harvard University.



Joining Forces for a Good Cause



just keep livin Foundation founder Matthew McConaughey was the guest of honor at the 34th annual U.S. Venture Open on August 14th.

The annual event raised $5.2 million to help end poverty in Northeast WI. After more than 900 golfers played at six golf courses, McConaughey had a VIP meet and greet and was interviewed by Scott Van Pelt at the dinner reception for more than 1,260 attendees.

All VIP attendees were gifted with a bottle of McConaughey’s Longbranch bourbon and he personally auctioned off autographed bottles to help raise funds for the event and the just keep livin foundation to empower high school students by providing them with the tools to lead active lives and make healthy choices.



The Kindness Campaign



We would like to extend a great big thank you to the Kindness Campaign for inviting some of our Austin jkl students out to join them for their I AM ENOUGH National PSA Premiere and for a special screening of the Lion King.

We are so excited to be partnering with the Kindness Campaign for a joint event with our Austin JKL programs coming up on September 22nd!

Here is the link to their website and here is a link to their video of the first Kind 5 event to learn more about the work they do! Thank you for providing this fun opportunity for our students to enjoy!



The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation



This past August our sponsor, The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation hosted their annual “Welcome Home Lunch” Event. Our Roosevelt JKL student Roshawnda had the chance to share her jkl journey and introduce our founder Matthew McCaunghey.






We are so proud of JKL student, JoNeisha, who spoke at Dak Prescott’s Faith Fight Finish Foundation Gala about her experiences in the program at David W. Carter High School. We are so grateful to the FFF Foundation for sponsoring this program!



Beller Nutrition Recipe of the Month

Balsamic Glazed Carrot & Green Bean Roast

Rachel Beller MS, RDN

Makes: 8 servings

• 8 medium carrots, sliced
• 1 pound green beans, ends removed (about 6-7 cups)
• 3 small garlic cloves, minced
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 2-3 tablespoons balsamic glaze
• Sea salt and pepper, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large mixing bowl, toss carrots, green beans, and garlic with the oil and then spread mixture out evenly on baking sheet.
3. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven, drizzle with balsamic vinegar, season with salt and pepper to taste. Roast for another 4 to 5 minutes, remove from oven, let cool, and serve.



Camila’s Tips




This recipe is a little different than your average popsicles … First of all, it is coconut milk based, making the popsicles creamy and delicious. Second, it is gluten free, refined sugar free, nut free and vegan, making it almost allergy fool-proof for anyone! These popsicles are a better-for-you way to enjoy a summer favorite.

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August 2019 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Tim, East Austin College Prep Program


Recent just keep livin graduate, Timothy from our East Austin College Prep Program, is ready and headed to the Airforce! Before joining the jkl program, working out wasn’t something Timothy enjoyed. After participating in the jkl program for 4 straight years, he realized that the program was actually a driving force to make his dreams a reality.

Timothy completed his first half marathon, ran numerous 5k’s, started drinking more water, opened up during the gratitude circles and lost over 20 pounds. Timothy’s dedication to the jkl program helped shape his life, while keeping him motivated throughout his high school career. Program instructor, Jaqueline Vidal, explains, “Tim, attested that what truly got him through those rough nights was thinking about his family and the jkl program.

It was incredibly humbling that Timothy chose to come back only a few days after his graduation to join us for his last jkl session.” Timothy has dreamed of being a pilot since childhood and is taking all the necessary steps to make that dream come true. We are so proud of Timothy as he makes the strides to reach his goals!



Teacher Training 2019



On June 27th and June 28th, we hosted 80 of our just keep livin instructors who participated in another successful Teacher Training.

The event kicked off with a kayaking outing in Marina Del Rey, followed by a Happy Hour which allowed for instructors to mingle, see fellow veteran instructors, as well as to meet our new jkl instructors.

The Happy Hour consisted of fun games such as Jenga, Corn Hole and Connect 4. After a night of fun, the teachers were ready for full training the next day. This year’s theme of “A Well-Oiled Machine” provided the platform for all 36 of our programs to come together to share best practices, discuss programming, curriculum, and most importantly get re-energized for the 2019-2020 school year.

We added a component of discussing the work we have been doing with regards to our students’ Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and were able to share some of the data results from our post surveys. We took time to honor the loving memory of Rebecca Pfleger, a longtime JKL teacher from Dallas who passed away suddenly in January. We invited Rebecca’s brother and cousin out to the training to share a few words about Rebecca. It also gave us a chance to let her family know how much we appreciated the 8 years of loving care that she provided the Sam Houston jkl program.

We continue to hold Rebecca’s memory and her family close to our hearts.



Field Trip to Broad Museum



This summer, jkl students and staff from Animo Inglewood High School in Los Angeles had the chance to experience the world famous museum, “The Broad”.

Our dear friend of the Foundation, Cece Karz, who is an art historian and collector of contemporary art led an amazing tour for our jkl students. Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 was a definite highlight. Students learned about so many African American artists like Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, William T. Williams and many more who used minimalism and abstraction techniques.

The students also enjoyed the mind altering experience of Yayoi Kusama’s infinity mirror and Jeff Koon’s huge Balloon Dog.



JKL Interns



Recently it was National Intern Day, so we want to give a shout out to our fabulous just keep livin interns for all their hard work this summer!

Lucy (left) will be a Senior at Marymount High School in the upcoming school year, and Heidi (right) will be a Junior at Animo Ralph Bunche.

Lucy loves playing tennis to stay active and fit. Heidi plays basketball and is excited to try out for her school team in the upcoming school year. We are so proud of these two and can’t wait to see what the future holds for these bright and determined young ladies!



Beller Nutrition Recipe of the Month

Fiber-Boosted Sweet Potato To Go
Rachel Beller MS, RDN

This recipe is quick, satisfying and affordable. You can prepare 3-4 sweet potatoes at a time, and have them for breakfast over the course of a week or simply enjoy one as a pre-workout snack as it offers so much of the essentials needed. Not to mention, it packs in an amazing 11 grams of fiber, which can set you up nicely to reach your daily fiber goals.

Makes: 1 sweet potato with toppings

• 1 sweet potato, washed
• 1 tablespoon chia seeds
• 1-2 teaspoons almond or nut butter of choice (optional)
• ½ teaspoon cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Place potatoes on prepared baking sheet and roast for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.



Camila’s Tips


A great + healthy way to start your day! This recipe is healthy, nutritious, easy to make, and can be done in just a few minutes! It also has a great presentation factor, and would make a beautiful addition to any breakfast table.

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July 2019 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Lesly, Sam Houston High School


Lesly is a track athlete, fearless leader, and the Vice President of her sophomore class. These are just a few of the accomplishments of our jkl student at Sam Houston. After needing to step away from track due to bone stress and shin splints, Lesly has shifted her focus to the jkl program.

Since then, she has become a very influential member. She has helped in the recruiting process, led exercises and her energy is contagious, which keeps the other students smiling! Opening up in the gratitude circles and having a supportive staff has led Lesly to always check in with family and ensure she can do her part to make the world a better place.

After high school, Lesly would like to study international business and create an organization that helps orphans address their emotional and financial needs!


JKL Beach Day



just keep livin students had a blast at our Annual Beach Day in Los Angeles.

We had over 80 students attend, and thanks to the amazing Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation, our students had the opportunity to learn how to surf! The day consisted of five different stations, each representing one of the core components of the JKL curriculum: Beach Clean-Up, Nutrition, Sand Castle Building, Surfing and Yoga.

We are so grateful to all of those who participated including The Curry Girls, Grades of Green, Los Angeles County Lifeguards, Shelley Williams/Yoga Mittra, Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital Center, Camp Surf and Jersey Mikes. Thank you all for helping us make this day a huge success!


Veronica Beard Shopping Experience



We would like to thank Veronica Beard for their continued partnership and support of our jkl programs. On Saturday, June 22nd, Mia Diaz and Jaelynne Johnson, both from our Animo Inglewood jkl program, enjoyed a magical experience at the Veronica Beard store on Melrose.

When Veronica and Veronica came out to be guest speakers at Animo Inglewood back in April, they generously donated a shopping experience for one lucky jkl student and a friend! The girls were outfitted in clothes supplied by VB. In addition to the clothes, each girl received a bag full of beauty products such as sunscreen, lip gloss, moisturizer and more supplied by Beauty Counter! The girls had an amazing day and we are so grateful to both Veronica Beard and Beauty Counter for providing such a memorable experience!



JKL program was positively impacted my life by helping me to lose weight, have more energy and focus on fitness. – Keila

JKL program was positively impacted my life by helping me to stay healthier by giving me tips on nutrition and diet. – Marquis

JKL program was positively impacted my life by causing me to be more social in my everyday life and at work. It also helps me to be more confident in my abilities. – Shania Pena



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! The fact that you prepare this oatmeal at night, makes this a great option when you are short on time in the morning! Suggestion: double it so you have breakfast for another day.

Makes: 1 serving

• 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.



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June 2019 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Jacquelyn, Chavez H.S.


Meet Jacquelyn, our lovely, energetic Senior at Chavez H.S in Houston, who has a passion for the arts and helping people! Before joining the jkl program, Jacquelyn struggled with having a short temper, and as a result, had a hard time maintaining friendships. During the jkl gratitude circles, Jacquelyn had the opportunity to listen to her peers share their personal stories, struggles and celebrations! This eventually helped Jacquelyn with her friendships as she began to open up and share more, which also led to her being more grateful. Since her first semester in the jkl program, Jacquelyn consistently has a smile on her face, lost 25 pounds, and has developed new friendships and through her jkl family.

“Having Instructors like Ms. Giles and Ms. Salvador who tell me to never give up and share my gifts, has been extremely helpful”. Jacquelyn is a passionate graphic designer, make-up artist and painter, who just sold her first painting for $2,000 earlier this year! She volunteers her time to provide make-up sessions for the Gay Straight Alliance Club on campus. Jacquelyn is a bubbly, creative student and we are so proud of her! We wish her luck in pursuing a graphic design and engineering degree after high school!



Veronica Beard Store Opening



We were honored to be the charitable beneficiary of the Veronica Beard store opening in the Palisades Village complex in Los Angeles.

The women’s fashion brand, co-founded by sisters-in-law Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard, has generously supported JKL in the past as the featured designers of our Mack, Jack & McConaughey fashion show and through their “Veronica Beard Gives Back” program.

On their recent visit to L.A., the two women took the time to visit the JKL program at Animo Inglewood High School, speaking to the students about setting goals and building a business. “These kids are so smart and inquisitive. They asked such great questions. We have families that are so supportive, but there are so many kids that don’t and Matthew and Camila have given them a path and a place to go,” said Miele Beard.

The designers even invited one of our members, a Senior named Maggie who is going to Harvard in the Fall, to speak at the store launch event. Maggie did such a great job sharing her story with all of the guests and having her there with us helped bring the partnership full circle.

We are looking forward to collaborating with Veronica Beard again in the future! To read more about this partnership from our very own Camila McConaughey check out her interview with the Hollywood Reporter here


JKL Field Day 2019



On Wednesday, May 8th, 80 of our Los Angeles just keep livin students participated in Field Day at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles! The event kicked off with Kristi Castlin as our guest speaker and she used this opportunity to speak with the students to inspire them by sharing her love for running and her passion to compete.

Kristi won the bronze medal in the 2016 Olympics in Rio in the 100 M hurdles! Kristi told the kids, “Running really relaxes me and gives me a controlled way to channel my love for new challenges and desire to be great at everything in life I do. It also teaches me how to face and deal with the ups and downs of what often blindsides you sometimes in this thing we call life. Learn, unlearn, relearn…. I’ve decided to really implement this idea within my life. Working out, setting goals, having setbacks, all of those things have taught me how to just be more understanding about how life works.”

After our guest speaker, the students transitioned into a rotation of activities that included a boot camp style work out by Brendan Cosso, CEO of the World Calisthenics Organization, relay races, a balloon toss and the Los Angeles Chargers ran a football challenge where students were able to win prizes donated by the Chargers. It was a fun filled afternoon full of smiles, friendly competition and lots of fun! A great big thank you to Kristi Castlin, the Chargers, Brendan Cosso and everyone who helped make this a successful event for the kids!



Board Member and Chief Innovative Officer at CAA, Michelle Kydd Lee, speaks to our students at Venice High School about leaving her small town for her big dreams!

Board Member and Founder and Co-CEO of LourdMurray, Blaine Lourd, speaks to our students at Animo Inglewood Charter High School and gives them tips for a successful future!

Tony Everett, Founder of Pure Games, an organization that helps children develop character through experiential learning, speaks to our students at Fremont High school!



Camila Tip: Cookie Dough Energy Bites



Camila is always looking for better-for-you snacks, and these Cookie Dough Energy Bites don’t disappoint!!

Featuring just the right amount of healthy protein and sweetness (who else loves chia seeds and peanut butter?), 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! Click here for the recipe. or click here to view Camila’s Video Recipe.


Beller Nutrition Recipe of the Month

Fiesta Ranchero Scramble
Rachel Beller MS, RDN


Spice up your breakfast with this nutrient filled breakfast scramble. It’s packed with protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and tons of flavor. It’s super quick and easy and only takes about 15 min. to prep and cook. You could prepare the chopped ingredients beforehand and store in the refrigerator the night before to save time in the morning. Feel free to double the recipe and keep leftovers for an afterschool snack or light dinner.

Makes: 2 servings

• 2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
• ½ medium yellow onion, finely chopped
• 1 clove garlic
• ½ medium green bell pepper, finely chopped
• ½ medium red bell pepper, finely chopped
• 2 organic whole egg
• 2 egg whites
• ⅛ teaspoon ground cumin
• 1 cup cooked black beans, no salt added
• 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
• ¼ cup fresh salsa, homemade or store bought
• ½ medium tomato, chopped



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May 2019 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Roshawnda Gongs, Roosevelt


In the past, Roshawda was a shy individual who struggled with low self-esteem due to being picked on at school but now she is more vibrant than ever. New friendships, Community service trips to local nursing homes, opening up during the gratitude circle and hearing guest speakers from Action in Africa and Howard speak are a few highlights that have had huge impacts on her.

“Roshawnda, is the epitome of student excellence, she is what most students inspire to be as both student and scholar. She constantly reminds me of why we do the work we do”- Mr Moore. Roshawnda’s level of dedication is unmatched as she is actively playing school sports each semester and stills finds time to embrace the jkl program. She frequently brings new students to join also.

After her high school chapter is done, Roshawnda is looking forward to studying business management and hope to opening up her own hair salon in her community. We know Roshawnda will be an amazing adult and we look forward to witnessing her growth.



Gratitude Quote of the Month

"I am thankful for having a great team and coaching staff who has helped me get better in my races and competitions."

— Crystal, Sophompore



Mack, Jack & McConaughey 2019 – That’s a Wrap!



The just keep livin Foundation team just got back from several days in Austin, TX for our annual “Mack, Jack & McConaughey” (MJ&M) fundraiser.

This is our 7th year partnering with University of Texas coaching legend Mack Brown and recording artist Jack Ingram on this joint fundraising effort to help empower kids throughout Austin and beyond.
The festivities consisted of several fun-filled events including a golf tournament, a Monique Lhuillier fashion show hosted by Camila, and two nights of live music featuring performances by Chris Stapleton, Holly Williams, Wade Bowen and many more – including our very own Mr. McConaughey on the bongos!

MJ&M enjoyed hosting more than 5,000 guests for two days of the best in music, golf and fashion while raising record-breaking funds for the charity beneficiaries.  


An Inspiring Visit From Icelandic Glacial



Drinking lots of water is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and our partners at Icelandic Glacial – “the purest tasting water on Earth” – make it a lot easier to keep our JKL students hydrated!

The company has generously donated water to our programs nationwide for the past few years, and our JKL students at Huntington Park High School in Los Angeles were thrilled to welcome their CEO, Reza Mirza, as a Guest Speaker. Reza spoke to the students about growing up in India and how he got to where he is today.

He shared a lot of insight and advice such as when he admitted that “there were a lot of people smarter than me, but none that out-worked me.” He also encouraged students to surround themselves with people who are optimistic, driven and who push you to be more. Reza even offered to personally help students with interview skills! We are so grateful for this partnership and were honored to hear from Reza and his team.



Manual Arts Guest Speaker



Guest Speaker Michelle Hammerman, former owner of Bare Bones (a clothing company), has a mission was to reduce chemical pollution waste through up cycling and the use of fruits and vegetables as natural dyes.

Michelle brought a colorful interactive presentation to our Manual Arts jkl students. Michelle spoke on the importance of up cycling, the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, and unwanted products into new materials. Our jkl Students had a chance to create their own naturally died tie dye shirts using Avocado pits (brown color), Madder Root (orange color) and Log wood (purple). The process to get these colors was similar to making a big pot of tea, but with a lot more patience.

This was such an eye opening experience and new creative way for staff and students to make their own clothing. We are greatly appreciative Michelle Hammerman for taking to the time to share and demonstrate such wonderful knowledge with our Manual Arts jkl students and staff.






Thirty of our jkl students and instructors from our Austin jkl programs at EAC Prep and Akins enjoyed a fun filled weekend camping trip to Guadalupe State Park.

While there, students learned fire building, how to pitch a tent, outdoor cooking as well as important items to remember when enjoying the great outdoors like leaving no trace principles behind in the campsites or on the trails. Throughout the weekend, activities included, Geocaching, hiking, team building activities, swimming, fishing, star gazing and even some morning yoga! For some of our students, this was their first time camping and for all, it was a weekend to remember!



Beller Nutrition Recipe of the Month

Mango Berry-Go-Round
Rachel Beller MS, RDN



Imagine breakfast in a tropical paradise, and this breakfast smoothie bowl comes pretty close! (Beach sold separately.) With its bright boost of vitamin C, it’s actually as sweet for your body as it is for your taste buds. Also, mangos may contribute to glowing skin, a healthy digestive system, and help to keep your brain sharp during school. This is an easy and on-the-go meal that can be made in less than 3 minutes. You can also make this as a refreshing dessert for warm, sunny days.

Makes: 1 serving

• 1 cup unsweetened plant-based milk
• ¼ avocado
• 1 cup mango, frozen

• ½ cup strawberries, frozen
• ½ cup raspberries, frozen
• 1 tablespoon protein powder
• 1 teaspoon chia seeds

Toppings: (optional)
• 1 tablespoon slivered almonds
• 1 teaspoon unsweetened coconut flakes

1. Put all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.
2. Add toppings (if using).



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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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.



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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.

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

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth


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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

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

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.



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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.

• 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

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

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

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

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.



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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!

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

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

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

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

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.



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