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Meet Matthew McConaughey at the SING Premiere!

You and 3 guests will have the opportunity to meet and take a photo with Matthew McConaughey at the official premiere of SING on Saturday, December 3rd in Los Angeles. You will also attend the after party! SING, produced by the team behind “Despicable Me” and “The Secret Life of Pets,” is the story of a koala named Buster Moon who has one final chance to restore his theater to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Leslie Jones, Nick Offerman and many more. We love that the film’s message is about dreaming and believing in yourself, which is so relevant to the work our Foundation does to… Read More »

Win a chance to be a part of MJ&M 2017!

We invite you to BE A PART OF MJ&M 2017 by joining the Give Thanks campaign! Text “EMPOWER” to 91065 and on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18 ONLY, you can donate at the reduced price of only $15 and be entered to win signed memorabilia, concert tickets and more! Help us empower more kids this giving season! You can win fantastic prizes including: TopGolf Bay Play with Food & Drinks 2 Tickets to an ACL Live Taping LOVE Cycling Studio 5-Class Pass SIGNED Jack Ingram Guitar & CD 2 Tickets to Jack & Friends Concert SIGNED MJ&M 2017 Program

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles “Kids N Fitness” Partnership – Year Two

On Monday October 11th, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles kicked off their second annual Kids N Fitness program at our j.k. livin session at Animo Inglewood High School. Kids N Fitness is an evidence-based six week weight management program providing interactive nutrition lessons, healthy goal setting, healthy cooking tips and discussing the importance of understanding food labels. The first session started with an icebreaker where the kids had to say their name, their favorite fruit or veggie and an activity they like to do. Then they had a group brainstorming session where the kids offered answers to questions like “what does it mean to be healthy?” and “what are some barriers to being healthy in terms of family, community, school, individual… Read More »

Tennessee Titans Coat Drive

On Sunday October 16th, our just keep livin students from Antioch High School and Maplewood High School in Nashville, TN, participated in a community service event at the Nissan Stadium hosted by the Tennessee Titans for the team’s annual Coat Drive benefiting area shelters. They helped collect gently used coats donated by fans prior to the Titans game against the Cleveland Browns game. Following their community service, the students were given tickets to stay and watch the game where they enjoyed watching the Titans pull out a win! The students went back to the stadium on Monday night for a “sort-a-thon” to help the Titans staff sort the coats for distribution to local nonprofits such as Salvation Army and YWCA.… Read More »

Thrive Market Partnership

Last month, Thrive Market, who has been so generous with our programs in the past, provided our students at Animo Inglewood Charter High School in Los Angeles with a very special afternoon surprise. Each of the fifty students present at the jklivin session received a Thrive Market tote filled with healthy and delicious snacks, which the kids were thrilled to rifle through and rip into right away! In addition, students were each given a coupon redeemable for a free membership with the service (valued at $60), as well as a $100 stipend for purchases on the site, which led to a chorus of enthusiastic cheers. Thrive Market vendor Go Raw joined in the festivities as well, as that company… Read More »

Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation Event

just keep livin Foundation Founders Camila and Matthew McConaughey, along with Foundation staff, flew to Washington, D.C. last month to celebrate our organization’s continued partnership with the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation. This event, held at FedExField on Monday September 12th, was dubbed a “Pre-Game Party with Matthew McConaughey.” The approximately thirty guests, including Redskins fans and supporters of both philanthropic organizations, attended a cocktail reception and informal Q&A with McConaughey before venturing down to the field to watch the teams warm-up before kick-off. Come game time, guests made their way up to the suites to watch the Redskins take on the Pittsburgh Steelers for the first Monday Night Football game of the NFL season. While unfortunately the Redskins ended… Read More »

Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation Event and Field Day

On Monday September 19th, 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 and his eight-year-old son Levi. Congregating on the shaded bleachers to beat the 100 degree heat, the kids shared their favorite parts of the just keep livin program, and had a great… Read More »

j.k. livin students “Go Ape” thanks to the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and Go Ape recently helped give our j.k. livin students from Roosevelt High School a life changing experience. The adventure began with an interactive safety demonstration and then students were gradually led higher and higher into the woods on zip lines, wooden stairs, balancing ropes and the ultimate Tarzan jump. This was a great bonding activity for both students and staff to work on trusting each other and themselves and overcoming fears. The first few stations were a bit slow due to students being nervous, but as the activity progressed and students built up more confidence, it became smooth sailing and the teens felt like real-life action heroes! We’re so grateful to our partners, the… Read More »

j.k. livin Program Expansion

We are excited to announce that the just keep livin program has grown significantly throughout the past few months and will be in 29 sites for the upcoming 2016/2017 school year! We have expanded into two new regions including San Antonio and Nashville to spread the just keep livin mission! We look forward to empowering even more students in the following new schools and sites: in Los Angeles, University High School and A Place Called Home; in Texas, Akins High School (Austin), Sam Houston High School (San Antonio), Sunset High School (Dallas), and David W. Carter High School (Dallas); in New Orleans, Edna Karr High School; in Washington DC, Ballou High School and Phelps ACE High School; and in Nashville,… Read More »

Backpack Drive with the Children’s Institute

Last month, we were given the special opportunity to have our students volunteer at the 5th Annual Back to School Giveaway presented by the Philanthropic Society Los Angeles (PSLA) and Children’s Institute at Ted Watkins Park. Our jklivin students spent the day unloading items and passing out backpacks and supplies to members of the local community in need! PSLA makes a meaningful impact on thousands of children each year through support of local initiatives in under-served urban communities. In partnership with Children’s Institute, Inc. PSLA raises funds and in-kind goods to serve the needs of at-risk youth affected by violence and trauma.

j.k. livin Students Head to CRSF Camp

This past week, the Cal Ripken Senior Foundation generously sponsored a group of our j.k. livin students from Sam Houston High School in Arlington, Texas to attend their summer camp. The camp takes place in Aberdeen, Maryland, where outstanding students from many youth organizations gather to have fun and learn from professional trained coaches. Our students were able to enjoy activities such as swimming, high ropes, team building, and playing baseball in the beautiful Ripken Academy Stadium. We are so grateful to the Cal Ripken Senior Foundation for providing this once-in-a-lifetime experience for our students, and we look forward to collaborating again with them in the future!

Check out the latest issue of PARADE Magazine

In advance of the release of their upcoming animated film, Kubo and the Two Strings, this Friday August 19th, Matthew McConaughey and his co-star Charlize Theron gave a great interview to PARADE Magazine in praise of teachers. The just keep livin Foundation even got a mention in the article! Check it out on newsstands now or by visiting Parade.com, and don’t forget to go see Matthew’s beautiful, heartwarming film when it hits theaters this weekend!

Kubo and the Two Strings

On Monday, August 8th, 20 students from the just keep livin program at Venice High School got the opportunity to go to Universal Studios to enjoy a VIP Kubo and the Two Strings experience, thanks to Focus Features. In addition to seeing a special advance screening of the film (in which our very own Matthew McConaughey voices one of the animated characters!) and meeting the costumed characters, students got to take a private tour through the new interactive exhibit “From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience” at the Globe Theater, in which they got to explore the artistry and imagination behind one of the world’s most acclaimed animation studios. The memorable day wrapped up at the Universal Studios Theme… Read More »

Ocean Therapy with the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation

On Thursday July 28th, the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation invited just keep livin students from Animo South Los Angeles High School to participate in their Ocean Therapy Surf Class. Students enjoyed a professional and safe surfing experience provided by the great staff and volunteers of the JMMF. Many Students caught waves on their very first try and had lots of success throughout the session, which produced unforgettable smiles! Carly Rogers, their Director of Programs as well as a Licensed Occupational Therapist, lead a great discussion about how tackling the sport of surfing can relate to how we approach our individual goals in life. We’re looking forward to partnering with the JMMF to provide this opportunity to more of our j.k.… Read More »

USC Summer Guitar Seminar Class

On July 12th, a group of students from the just keep livin program at Animo South Los Angeles High School had the opportunity to visit the Rauben Heimer Music Building on the campus of USC. The jkl students enjoyed a music rehearsal presented by the USC Summer Guitar Class which is taught by Shea Welsh. Our just keep livin students were able to learn more about what the music program at USC offers as well as hear the background on each performer. During the performance, our own Zion Walker was able to share some of his artistic pieces with the group. He’s a very talented up-and-coming artist! After the concert, students enjoyed a brief tour of the campus, a nice… Read More »

Los Angeles Dodgers Field Trip

On July 5th, 25 of our just keep livin students from Manual Arts and Animo Inglewood high schools were given the opportunity to enjoy an incredible experience at Dodgers Stadium, as a part of their “Dre Dayz” night. The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation hosted them for the evening in outfielder Andre Ethier’s personal suite, escorted them onto the field to view the Dodgers batting practice from behind home plate, and gave them a “behind-the-scenes” tour of the trophy hall. Ethier, through his New Balance partnership, also gifted the students with new shoes, clothing, and backpacks from the brand that the kids couldn’t wait to wear! The group also got a kick out of appearing on the DodgerVision video screen during… Read More »

A Fun and Productive Annual Teacher Training

On Monday June 27th and Tuesday June 28th, 55 just keep livin instructors from our programs across the country gathered in Los Angeles for a two-day comprehensive “Teacher Training” that we put on each year. We flew out our teachers and nonprofit partners from San Antonio, New Orleans, Washington D.C., Austin, Dallas and Nashville, to join our LA staff for brainstorming sessions, the sharing of best practices, discussing program strengths and areas for growth, as well as some good food, fitness and fun! Our out of town guests stayed right on the water at the Jamaica Bay Inn in Marina Del Rey, where they got to experience the true California lifestyle, complete with a morning yoga session on the beach… Read More »

It’s 2016. Let’s Bring Food Stamps Online. Sign the Petition Now!

Hunger is a huge national problem.  A whopping 15 million kids live in food insecure households; that means one if four doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from. And although 46.5 million people rely on food stamps (SNAP benefits) to help supplement their budgets, we need to change the way the program is used in order to make sure kids can get the wholesome food they need to grow up healthy. Currently, those who receive assistance can only use their food stamps at a select number of qualifying brick-and-mortar retailers. That severely limits the options for the 23.5 million people who live in food deserts—sometimes hours away from a SNAP-approved grocery store. And surprisingly, although only 30 percent… Read More »

just keep livin foundation Selected as a Target Wellness Grant Recipient

The just keep livin foundation was recently selected by Target as one of the first Target wellness grant recipients, a diverse set of small and large organizations that address a wide scope of programs to promote and inspire access to healthy eating and active living. Together, Target and partners will work to help drive sustained changes, finding new ways to help overcome barriers to wellness in our communities across the country. Target is granting more than $40 million this year to help fund new partnerships and programs in the wellness space committed to increasing the consumption of nutrient-dense food and increasing physical activity of kids and families across the country. With this generous grant of $180,000, we are able to… Read More »

j.k. livin program at Venice High School recognizes star students

Venice High School celebrated the end of the school year by recognizing the j.k. livin students with the highest attendance in the program as well as their graduates, Enrique and Jesus. Enrique and Jesus are good friends who supported each other throughout their time in the just keep livin program by motivating and supporting one another during workouts as well and often times leading group exercises! The boys created an exercise blog and have lots of followers keeping up with their workouts while they promote healthy living. Enrique and Jesus are both responsible and respectful young men and we know that they both will be successful with whatever endeavors they choose. We are so proud of both of them! Perfect… Read More »