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A Fashionable Night Out for a Good Cause

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… Read More »

Getting Creative While Helping the Planet

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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!

Matthew McConaughey Joins just keep livin Students on the Field!

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

“Conscious Livin”

We really enjoyed getting together recently with our just keep livin Foundation Board of Directors and Advisory Board recently 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… Read More »

New JKL Swag Alert!

Inspired by one of the just keep livin Foundation teachers, Mr. Anthony Thomas from Animo South Los Angeles, we hope this T-shirt will inspire you to live consciously.  Whether it’s an environmental effort, community project or self reflection, we all need to take time to give back and make each day count.  Snag yours here while supplies last!  

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… Read More »

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!

jkl Attends City Years 8th Annual Spring Break Event

Our Animo South Los Angeles jkl program enjoyed an amazing night at City Years 8thAnnual Spring Break event .City Year does a great job at celebrating and highlighting the amazing work the organization is doing within the community of Los Angeles. The event raised over 2.2 million dollars to help keep students on track to graduate in Los Angeles. There was a special performance by Charlie Puth who had the crowd ecstatic the whole time. Our students had a wonderful night  full of good food, carnival games and a celebrity encounters!

Huge Success at this year’s 6th Annual Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M) fundraiser

From April 11th – 14th, the just keep livin Foundation team was in Austin, TX for our annual “Mack, Jack & McConaughey” (MJ&M) fundraiser. This is our sixth year partnering with Texas coaching legend Mack Brown and country recording artist Jack Ingram on this joint fundraising effort. The two-day event raised more than $2.25 million focusing on kids’ education, health, and wellness. Besides our just keep livin Foundation, the other beneficiaries include: CureDuchenneDell Children’s Medical CenterHeartGiftThe Rise School of Austin. Each event was a huge success! Dixie Chicks brought the house down on Thursday night! Friday morning Golf at Spanish Oaks was filled with lots of laughs and fun. The afternoon Fashion Show… Read More »

Rob Floyd – Guest Speaker at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles

On Thursday, February 1st, Rob Floyd spoke to about 30 of our just keep livin students at Fairfax High School. Rob is one of the most recognized names in the cocktail industry. He is largely hailed as one of the best known mixologists in the world! He is a resident on the hit TV show Bar Rescue and has been cited in publications worldwide.  We are so grateful to Rob for providing such a fun and interactive session with the students and for many, this was their first exposure to Molecular Gastronomy! There were so many valuable points that were shared with the students whether it was touching on the importance of having dedication, faith, hard work, and drive to reach… Read More »

JKL Students Head to Peru for Community Service Trip!

We are beyond thrilled to announce that some of the JKL students from EAC Prep in Austin will be working with Peruvian Hearts, a non-profit organization founded by Ana Dodson. She was born in a small, poor village in Cuzco and adopted when she was an infant. She visited Cuzco when she was older and witnessed the poverty and lack of education that plagues Peru, especially among women. As a result she decided to take action! Our JKL students will be spending ten days in Cuzco, working with the many different projects that Peruvian Hearts sponsors for women and their families, including a Women’s Empowerment group made up of teenagers the same age as our students. We are so excited to… Read More »

Check out Camila’s new website!

We’re excited to spread the word about our very own Camila Alves McConaughey’s newly updated website, www.womenoftoday.com! Camila has done an amazing job creating this online community for women, founded on the believe that women need to support each other, share our stories, and find strength in numbers. On the site, you can find Camila’s recipes, fitness tips, Do-It-Yourself crafts ideas, motherhood and relationship advice and more. Check it out!

Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation College and Career Accelerator

Last month, two of our Los Angeles JKL programs, Fremont and Animo Inglewood, had the chance to attend the Los Angeles Dodger Foundation’s College and Career Accelerator Panel discussion. Our students had a great time hearing from the professional minds who make the Dodgers organization operate smoothly from behind the scenes. The panel was moderated by Nichol Whiteman (Executive Director of LADF) and the panelists included Sara Curran (Assistant Controller), Doug Fearing (Director of Research and Development and Baseball Operations), Paige Kirkpatrick (Director of Partnership Sales Administration and Service), Matt Mesa (Manager of Social Media, Digital and Print Content), Lenora O’Keith (Desktop Technician) and Ross Yoshida (Director of Graphic Design and Marketing Communication). The panelists gave firsthand information on what… Read More »

Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation Event and Field Day

On Wednesday, September 13th, students in our Dallas area just keep livin Foundation programs got to experience a special treat, thanks to our longtime partner, the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. Teens from Eastern Hills High School in Ft. Worth, L.G. Pinkston High School in Dallas, and Sam Houston High School in Arlington were brought to the Rangers Youth Ballpark for an afternoon of fitness and fun, complete with relay races and hula hoop games. In addition, the kids got to meet just keep livin Foundation Founder Matthew McConaughey who talked to them about the importance of trying to infuse life’s more mundane tasks such as homework and chores with a sense of pleasure and fun, to make them more… Read More »

JKL Alumni Give Back

We love it when our JKL students cultivate a passion for giving back that they can then take with them even after they graduate! This summer, two of our JKL alumni, Evelyn R. from ASLA and Chris R. from Venice High School, continued to give back to their local community by serving as a camp counselors at Camp Ubuntu – Watts. This 6 week-long day camp, sponsored by the Harold Robinson Foundation, is held at Markham Middle School in the underserved Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts. Camp Ubuntu seeks to equip students with the tools to achieve, connect and thrive by providing them with access to a meaningful and engaging summer camp experience in a safe and nurturing environment. When… Read More »

Lip Sync Battle Field Trip

On Saturday August 19th, 15 of our just keep livin students from Animo South Los Angeles high school were thrilled to attend Nickelodeon’s “Lip Sync Battle: Shorties” at Warner Brothers Studios! Students enjoyed the full VIP experience as they got to go behind the scenes prior to taping as well as meet some of the contestants and enjoy refreshments. The taping was hosted by JoJo Siwa and Nick Cannon who were so friendly and accommodating to our group and provided them with a truly electric experience! Our students danced and cheered as they watched some of their favorite up-and-coming celebrities lip sync their hearts out as they took the big stage. We are so grateful to Casey Patterson, Brittany  Mehmedovic… Read More »

Alright Alright Alright T-Shirt Campaign

Just in case you need a good excuse to shop … For 2 weeks only, help Matthew McConaughey raise money for the just keep livin Foundation by purchasing his limited edition ‘alright, alright, alright’ T-shirt and hat. Exclusively at www.Represent.com/matthew from now until August 14th only!