Author: Christian Seeber

April 2021 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Jordan Moore: Manual Arts JKL Program, Los Angeles


Like many programs, due to COVID, JKL has had to pivot and offer our weekly programming online in a creative way!

For some students zoom fatigue has become a reality while others are making it a priority to utilize online resources. Jordan from Manual Arts High School is one of the JKL student’s taking advantage of our weekly resources and online programming. Jordan explains, “The JKL program has helped me become more confident in dealing with situations that I struggled with. Mental Health Mondays has really allowed me to use the tools that our taught to deal with my stress”.

During the pandemic, Jordan has acquired some newly found cooking skills and has decided to eat more vegetables while removing soda and candy from his diet. We are so proud of Jordan and we love watching him achieve his goals. Jordan is Senior and may not get to experience another in-person JKL session, but he is forever grateful for the nutrition knowledge, community service events and guest speakers that have given him such great perspectives on life.

“Jordan is a young man who will be successful in the future because of the confidence he has and his ability to always think in a positive way” says Mr. Simpson, JKL instructor. Next Fall, Jordan will be enrolled in a California based college studying graphic design!



We’re Texas Virtual Benefit Concert


In response to the current devastation caused by the Texas Winter Storm, the just keep livin Foundation has set up a just keep livin Texas Relief Fund.

On March 21st, Camila and Matthew hosted the We’re Texas Virtual Benefit Concert for the just keep livin Texas Relief Fund to support the critical short-term, mid-term and long-term needs of those impacted by Texas Winter Storm Uri. The event will continue to stream on Matthew’s YouTube channel through April 20th 2021.

Here are some ways you can still donate to the just keep livin Texas Relief Fund:

1. Donate.
2. Text-to-Give: Text TEXAS to 20222 to donate $10 at any time throughout the remainder of 2021.
3. Purchase a Limited Edition JKL Texas Relief Fund Custom Guitar T-shirt. 100% of the profits will go to the just keep livin Texas Relief Fund.

View the “We’re Texas” Virtual Benefit Concert, streaming on Matthew’s YouTube channel until April 20th, 2021, and click the donate button to contribute.



Anacostia hosts guest speaker Lawrence Sidbury Jr.



NFL Veteran, philanthropist, and founder of the Zero Limitations Foundation, Lawrence Sidbury Jr., spoke to 50 of our just keep livin students at Anacostia High School.

Mr. Sidbury shared about his time in the NFL and life after retirement from the league in 2018. He now owns his own trucking business and started the Zero Limitations Foundation. He reminded the kid to “Know No Limits” and follow their dreams. His mom is an Anacostia alumni and the students were truly so excited and grateful to hear from another dynamic speaker!



What Are You Grateful For?


Hear from our just keep livin students…

“I am grateful for my decision to eat healthier and for meeting new friends in JKL.”
– Ashley, Sunset HS, Dallas

“I am grateful to start JKL this week I am excited to see where this journey will take me, and I can’t wait to be back on campus.”
– Destiny, Fairfax HS, Los Angeles

“I am grateful for JKL for always providing insightful and thought provoking sessions.”
– Cam, Venice HS, Los Angeles



Camila’s Tips: Fruity Rolls



Serving clean snacks to your kids does not need to be hard!

I really try to avoid serving my kids processed foods whenever possible … This recipe a great snack that I make for them, that I can feel good about. These fruit rolls are so easy to do, and I put chia seeds in the recipe to add in some additional nutrition and protein. Have fun with this recipe! It works with a lot of different fruits, I just happen to love mango!

2 ¼ cup diced Mango (or preferred fruit)
1tsp chia seeds ( adds omega 3’s and fiber and a little protein)

In a blender or food processor make a smooth paste with the mango.

Add in the teaspoon of Chia Seeds Spread mixture thin and even onto a silpat or parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Place in a 175* oven for 2-3 hours. Watch it carefully and look for a slightly dry surface with just browning edges. Once cooled cut off edges to get an even rectangle and cut into long one inch wide strips and roll!

Enjoy! Beijos
– Camila

Full recipe on Women of Today »



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We’re Texas

just keep livin Texas Relief Fund


The just keep livin “We’re Texas” Relief Fund is focused on providing safety and critical resources to those affected by the devastating winter storms, and supporting volunteers in their efforts throughout the long-term recovery process.



100% of the donations raised through the just keep livin Texas Relief Fund will support the critical short-term, mid-term and long-term needs resulting from the devastation caused by Winter Storm Uri. We are proudly collaborating with a number of carefully vetted and trusted partners on the ground in Texas.

Join us for the “We’re Texas” Charity Event on March 21st at 7pm CT.

Please follow @OfficiallyMcConaughey on Instagram and @McConaughey on Twitter for updates. The virtual event will be streamed on Matthew’s YouTube Channel ( and exclusively broadcast in Texas on Spectrum News 1.

Matthew & Camila McConaughey’s We’re Texas Event

Presented by Dell Technologies, Reliant and Salesforce


(Austin, TX) March 12, 2021- Academy Award-winning actor and Texas native Matthew McConaughey and his wife, Camila Alves McConaughey, have organized a virtual benefit concert titled We’re Texas, to benefit those affected by Winter Storm Uri through the just keep livin Foundation Texas Relief Fund.  The virtual event, to be streamed on his YouTube Channel and exclusively broadcast  in Texas on Spectrum News 1 on Sunday, March 21st at 7pm CT will include musical performances by Texas natives, residents and supporters including: Don Henley, Gary Clark Jr., George Strait, Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson, Khalid, Kirk Franklin, Leon Bridges, Los Lonely Boys, Lukas Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Miranda Lambert, Parker McCollum, Post Malone, Randy Rogers, Willie Nelson; and special appearances from Angie Harmon, Chip & Joanna Gaines, Ciara, Clayton Kershaw, Colt McCoy, Dak Prescott, Dr. Phil McGraw, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Joe Rogan, Jonas Brothers, Jordan Spieth, Kevin Durant, Liza Koshy, Marcus Lemonis, Megan Thee Stallion, Michael Strahan, Renée Zellweger, Selena Gomez, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Troy Aikman and Woody Harrelson.

“A lot of Texans are hurting right now,” said McConaughey. “After the disaster of the worst freeze here in over 70 years, so many are still without clean water, and unable to repair water damage that has made their homes unlivable. One of my favorite things about Texans is that we like to help ourselves, and while that spirit is still alive and well, a lot of Texans can’t help themselves right now unless we help them. The We’re Texas Virtual Event features an all-star lineup of Texas talent for a night to restore Texas. It’s time.”

In response to unprecedented Winter Storm Uri that devastated the state of Texas in late February, the McConaughey’s have organized relief efforts and raised funds through the j.k.livin Foundation Texas Relief Fund.  Their efforts have been providing support for those lacking basic necessities, trying to recover and rebuild in the Lone Star state.  While power has been restored for most, broken water lines and other damage have left many Texans without access to food, clean water and other critical resources.  The proceeds from the We’re Texas Benefit concert will be distributed by the  j.k.livin Foundation Texas Relief Fund to a variety of non-profit organizations including:

  • Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) seeks to glorify Christ by equipping, empowering, and mobilizing a network of churches to respond to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those impacted by disaster. In response to the devastation caused by Winter Storm Uri in the Greater Austin area, ADRN is raising funds to cover costs associated with response efforts. During the storm, ADRN deployed hundreds of volunteers to warming centers and shelters; mobilized and dispatched hundreds of 4×4 drivers to transport people, food, water, and supplies; equipped shelters with generators, food, water, and baby supplies; helped multiple churches launch shelters in their own communities; and responded to thousands of calls to ADRN’s survivor hotline from people in desperate need of assistance. Additional funds are needed to enable ADRN to continue responding to the immediate and long-term needs of survivors as they mobilized skilled volunteer laborers to repair homes; distribute supplies to those in need; continue managing a massive clean-up and debris removal initiative; and provide survivors with ongoing physical, financial, emotional and spiritual support.
  • Meals on Wheels Central Texas (MOWCTX) seeks to nourish and enrich the lives of the homebound and other people in need through programs that promote dignity and independent living. Anchored by its signature home-delivered meal program, MOWCTX team members and volunteers provide nutritious meals, safety checks and friendly visits to hungry and isolated seniors in Central Texas. As part of their “More Than a Meal” mission, they also offer other services to enable homebound older adults to age in place with dignity. Their holistic platform includes major home repairs to keep the homes of elders safe and accessible (including repairs after Winter Storm Uri), in-home care assistance for seniors and adults with disabilities, “care calls” to stay connected with lonely seniors by phone and a special program to care for the beloved pets of older adults.
  • Salvation Army of Texas has a presence in every zip code and is uniquely positioned to respond with specialized services based on the needs of each community. Throughout Texas, warming stations and emergency shelters have been open offering a safe and warm environment, providing food and shelter for those in need during the historically low temperatures and statewide power outages. They continue their extraordinary efforts throughout Texas are ready  to intake as much need as possible.
  • Save the Children is a global humanitarian organization working in the United States and around the world to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. As the national leader for protecting children in emergencies, Save the Children is committed to helping meet the most urgent and long-term recovery needs of families and children devastated by the historic winter storm in Texas. The organization is collaborating with local education partners to help storm-damaged child care and early learning centers recover across Texas, working to provide them with funding and support to reopen quickly to make sure kids and families have access to safe, quality early education. Save the Children is also working with local staff and partners to deliver critical emergency supplies to newly-arrived children and families seeking refuge in shelters across the southern Texas border. This includes hygiene kits, bottled water and warm clothing, as well as face masks and hand sanitizer to help prevent the spread of COVID in shelters. Funds raised for Save the Children’s Texas Winter Crisis Fund will provide desperately needed relief to children and families impacted by the storm. To learn more and to donate, go to
  • Bernard Project (SBP), a national social impact organization focused on disaster resilience and recovery, was founded in 2006 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. SBP prepares individuals and organizations before disaster, creates resilient communities and streamlines recovery. SBP has rebuilt more than 2,800 homes for disaster-impacted families across the country, helped 337,950 individuals understand and mitigate disaster risk, and trained 209 government leaders to spend federal recovery dollars quickly and efficiently. SBP has been helping Texas families recover from disaster since 2015 and is responding and committed to long-term recovery in Winter Storm Uri impacted communities. SBP is repairing homes (200 in Houston by June 30th) and granting funds to nonprofit organizations providing rapid plumbing repair services through our Winter Storm Uri Fund (100 homes across Texas will have water restored and/or be mucked and gutted by June 30).  With more funding, SBP can serve more families. In addition, SBP is conducting webinars and widely sharing our recovery guides to help people access FEMA and insurance resources and avoid common recovery pitfalls. SBP is also responding to impacted communities in Oklahoma and Louisiana.
  • Team Rubicon is an international disaster response nonprofit that unites the skills and experience of military veterans with first responders to rapidly provide relief to communities in need. Founded in 2010 with the expressed goal of quickly responding to disasters and humanitarian crises. Team Rubicon maintains a roster of 140,000+ volunteers able to deploy throughout the United States and world, and are focusing their efforts on those affected by the storms. In response to Winter Storm Uri, Team Rubicon supported the Midland Horseshoe Arena during the freeze by setting up and staffing a warming shelter. The organization deployed to Williamson and Hays counties with debris removal, damage assessments, and home muckouts. Over this past week, Team Rubicon has provided muckout services in Waco and launched additional operations in Refugio and Houston to help get Texans back into their homes. Storm response efforts have expanded to also Tennessee and Kentucky. To learn more please visit

The virtual event is brought to you by generous contributions from founding sponsors Dell Technologies, Reliant, an NRG company, and Salesforce, as well as support from ACL Live at The Moody Theater, American Airlines, AT&T, Austin FC, Bumble, Camping World, Chris Parvin & White Rhino Coffee, Dallas Cowboys/Gene and Jerry Jones Family/NFL Foundation, Gallery Furniture, Dallas Stars,, H-E-B, Lincoln Dealerships of Texas, Mark Cuban, The Moody Foundation, Q2, San Antonio Spurs, Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, Troy Aikman, Waste Management, Whole Foods and Wood Foundation. 

 To view the benefit concert and donate, log in to on March 21st at 7pm CT or visit to donate or learn other ways to help prior. 

For Texas residents, Spectrum News 1 is available exclusively to Spectrum video customers on channel 1 and on the Spectrum News App, available to all Spectrum residential customers, including internet-only.

Please follow @OfficiallyMcConaughey on Instagram and @McConaughey on Twitter for updates (the social media hashtag for the virtual event is #WereTexas


Media Contact: Jesse Parker Stowell, Parker Phoenix PR  [email protected]     

About Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies (NYSE:DELL) helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform how they work, live and play. The company provides customers with the industry’s broadest and most innovative technology and services portfolio for the data era.

 About Reliant, an NRG company

Reliant powers, protects and simplifies life by bringing electricity, security and related services to homes and businesses across Texas. Serving customers and the community is at the core of what we do, and the company is recognized nationally for outstanding customer experience. Reliant is part of NRG, a Fortune 500 company that creates value by generating electricity and providing energy solutions to more than 3.7 million residential, small business and commercial customers across the U.S. and Canada. NRG’s competitive residential electricity business, which includes Reliant, is one of the largest in the country. For more information about Reliant, visit and connect with Reliant on Facebook at and Twitter or Instagram @reliantenergy. PUCT Certificate #10007.

About Salesforce

Salesforce, the global CRM leader, empowers companies of every size and industry to digitally transform and create a 360° view of their customers. For more information about Salesforce (NYSE: CRM), visit:

FEMA education

SBP is holding webinar trainings this Wednesday and Saturday (free and open to the public) to help people navigate the FEMA application process

Navigating Disaster Recovery

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 2:30 pm CST

Registration Link

 To understand how to maximize the support you have please view this guide: this guide



FEMA Individual assistance has been approved for more than 100 counties across Texas impacted by the winter storm.

  • Declared on 2/19/21, individuals have 60 days to apply.

This assistance is available for those who are under- or uninsured.

  • Whether you have insurance or not, you may be eligible

SBP is conducting FREE webinars to help survivors navigate the complex FEMA assistance process.

  • 14 webinars in the next week and more will be added to the schedule
  • Visit to register

The webinar will:

  • Give you the steps you will need to take to apply for assistance
  • Outline the information you will need to provide to FEMA
  • Share updates about the new COVID-19 remote damage assessment process
  • Guide you through the appeals process
  • Help you advocate for yourself


  • You are your best advocate
  • Document everything
  • Keep at it
  • Take care of yourself
  • It’s ok to ask for help!

SBP’s Winter Storm Clean Up Safety Guidelines

Monitor for mold

  • If you have had any water damage, mold can grow.
  • Don’t repair walls or floors until mold has been treated!

Wear the proper PPE and utilize the correct process

  • If you want to remediate the mold yourself, use SBP’s resources that include a step-by-step guide and a list of supplies and PPE. They can be found at

Muck and Gut Safely

  • Turn off all utilities – water, gas and electricity
  • Wear PPE – goggles, gloves and dust masks
  • Open windows to increase ventilation
  • Take your time – accidents can happen when you move too quickly

Temporary Shelter

  • If you have insurance, you may be eligible for funding to pay for a hotel or
    short-term rental. Ask your agent for more information. (Limit your exposure to mold.)

SBP’s 3 Tips for Speeding Your Recovery

SBP is a national disaster resilience and recovery organization helping residents recover from disaster. They’ve been helping Texas families recover from disaster since 2015. SBP’s FREE guides and resources will help you navigate the complex recovery process, avoid costly mistakes and make informed decisions that lead to a faster recovery.

#1 Identify, document and limit your damage – Check out SBP’s DIY guides to locate the plumbing damage, muck and gut the
damage and remediate mold

#2 Contact your insurance company and apply for assistance from FEMA – Make sure to document with pictures along the way and save all receipts.

#3 Protect yourself from fraud – Get a written estimate and never pay upfront

All of SBP’s recovery resources can be found at​ ​​. Check them out. They’ll help you recover faster! I’ll be sharing more tips including how to apply to FEMA.

February 2021 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Riley Branum, East Laurens High School, GA


Freshman JKL student, Riley Branum is a jocular and fearless leader who exudes positive energy and dedication.

Riley was fortunate enough to attend 1 of 2 high school campuses that offered JKL programming in hybrid format last fall! Once Riley learned about the elements of the JKL program, especially community service and gratitude, she was all in! Riley explained, “It’s nice to know we give back to our community, it is something I have been doing for long time and it’s very important to me”.

Upon entering high school, Riley had a lot of issues with anxiety and self-doubt. Riley has found a safe haven in the JKL program where she can share her creative passions and become a peer leader. “Riley loves deeply and cares for everyone. She is a great friend to others and is always there when needed. I am very proud of the young lady she is becoming”, said Ms. Hester.
The East Laurens JKL program just completed its first semester and has already made some successful strides. There was strong student engagement during a campus beautification project and a great mentoring collaboration with their local elementary school. First year programs with awesome students is a recipe for success!

We look forward to seeing Riley and the East Laurens JKL program thrive this semester.



JKL Students Connect with Nashville Predators Hockey Players


Students from JKL programs at Antioch and Maplewood high schools in Nashville recently had the opportunity to connect with two professional hockey players from their hometown Predators, Colton Sissons and Nick Cousins.

The players shared their goals for 2021 with students, which included staying healthy and of course winning the Stanley Cup! They also shared encouraging advice such as the importance of not letting yourself get too high or too low, showing up with a smile, and not being afraid to think big.

They talked with students about nutrition (both players have stepped up their home cooking game during the pandemic), exercise (Cousins shared that it makes him feel accomplished and release stress), and mental health (both enjoy taking walks outside to clear their head). We ended the Q&A session with a virtual Gratitude Circle, in which Sissons said he was grateful to teachers, which was especially poignant since we had our JKL Nashville teachers present as well!

We’re so grateful to the Predators for making time for this special treat for our students, especially considering their first game of the season is just days away.



JKL Students Inspired by Microsoft’s Women in Technology Career Panel



JKL students got the chance to participate in a private “Women in Technology” Career Panel put on especially for them courtesy of Microsoft.

Students really enjoyed this special opportunity to hear and connect with each panelist (executives from several different sectors of the company) as they shared their unique career journeys leading to Microsoft. Students had the chance to hear about the women’s backstories as well as participate in a Q&A session.

There were some key words of wisdom shared at the event such as, “The sky is not the limit, it is the view,” “You’ll miss 100 % of the shots that you don’t take,” and “Know your worth.” Sidney, JKL student from Carver High School said, “I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to hear from such powerful women in technology tonight. I wanted to thank you for such wonderful inspiration!” Microsoft even followed up the session by providing our students with free links to their Computer Science Education Week Workshops including sessions on coding and gaming.

We’re grateful we could provide our students with such a unique and practical opportunity thanks to Microsoft!



JKL Student Wins Prestigious College Scholarship



Shia Wade, a JKL Senior at Venice High School, was recently awarded a full college scholarship to Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, from the Posse Foundation!

This respected organization finds students who might be missed by the traditional admissions criteria at highly selective schools but who can excel on campus. This year, over 2,300 of Posse Los Angeles’s finest youth leaders were nominated for Posse Scholarships and only a small group of students were chosen as Finalists.

We’re thrilled for Shia, who, as a Posse Foundation Scholar, will also receive pre-collegiate training – workshops that help Scholars develop as leaders before they matriculate at college. She plans on majoring in Writing. We’re so proud of Shia for sticking with the 4 month interview process!



Camila’s Tips: Crispy Zucchini Fries



Thought guilt-free fries were a myth? Skip the greasy fingers but get all the satisfaction with these oil-free low carb crispy zucchini fries. These fries by Every Last Bite are a snacking dream! Crunchy on the outside and deliciously warm and soft in the middle, you would never guess these zucchini fries are healthy! Put away the sugary ketchup and serve these zucchini fries with a deliciously fresh garlic and herb dipping sauce which is rich in protein and calcium.

• 2 large zucchini
• 1 tbsp gluten free flour
• pinch of salt and pepper
• 1 egg
• 2 tbsp skim milk (or almond milk)
• 1/2 cup gluten free bread crumbs
• 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
• 1/4 tsp garlic salt
• 1 tsp mixed herbs

• 1/3 cup nonfat Greek Yogurt
• 1/2 clove garlic
• 1 tbsp chopped chives
• 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1/4 tsp pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Wash the zucchini and cut in slices approximately 1/2 an inch in thickness. Place the zucchini sticks in a Ziploc bag along with the flour, salt and pepper. Seal the bag and shake well until all sides of the zucchini sticks are lightly coated in flour. In a bowl whisk together the egg and milk. In another bowl mix together the breadcrumbs, parmesan, herbs and spices. Working in batches of 2sticks at a time, dip the zucchini in the egg and then dredge in the dry mixture so that all sides are well coated and then place on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining zucchini sticks. Bake the zucchini in the oven for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through to ensure they are evenly crisp and golden. Stir together all of the ingredient for the dipping sauce and serve alongside the warm zucchini fries.

Enjoy! Beijos
– Camila

Full recipe on Women of Today »



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January 2021 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

It is once again the time of year when we reflect on the work the just keep livin Foundation has done, the impact we have made and the goals we have for the upcoming year. It goes without saying that 2020 was a year unlike any other, and like all of you, we have worked hard to adapt and pivot. We are proud of the ways we have continued to serve our students and teachers throughout the country during a time when they’ve needed us more than ever.

We do not do this work alone. Led by our Foundation Staff, Board of Directors and Advisory Board, and our incredible teachers, and supported by our corporate partners and individual donors, we were able to serve 3,000 high school students at 39 programs in 13 cities this year. As we come to the end of 2020, we wanted to thank you for your continued support of our mission of empowering high school students to lead active lives and make healthy choices for a better future.

When COVID-19 first led to school closures back in March, we began fundraising to address two urgent community needs: meals and access to technology. Working with organizations such as Green Dot Public Schools, LAUSD, Boys & Girls Club and No Kid Hungry, and thanks to generous donations from our supporters, we were able to raise $300,000 to provide 35,000 meals and 700 computers to students in need.

As the pandemic has continued, we have been able to develop effective communication strategies to stay connected with our students and to continue to provide them with the programming and support they need. We’ve held online yoga sessions, calisthenics workouts, healthy recipe demonstration videos, and hosted virtual guest speakers who have inspired and encouraged our students as well as provided them with the tools they need to nurture their mental health. Through it all, our students have continued to give back to their communities in safe ways, such as participating in virtual voter registration drives and writing notes of encouragement to essential workers.

We thank you for your dedication and passion for what we do to help make all of this possible. Cheers to a brighter and healthier 2021 for us all.

just keep livin,

Camila and Matthew McConaughey



Student Spotlight: Perla, Fremont High School


Perla graduated from Fremont High School in 2017. In addition to being a member of just keep livin program, Perla also was a letterwinner in soccer, volleyball and track.

Currently she is attending University of Nebraska at Kearney. (UNK) where she is a Junior majoring in Sociology and playing soccer. Prior to transferring to UNK, Perla attended East Los Angeles College for two years where she helped the Huskies win eight games and tie 11 others over the 2018-2019 season for soccer.

Perla was twice named All-South Coast Conference North Division and the the SCC North Division in goals (18) in 2018.




John Adams Gives Back During the Holidays

The JKL program at John Adams College and Career donated food to families in need for Thanksgiving.

Families received baskets with food to prepare for the holidays and could pick a ham or turkey to add to their basket. In addition, on that Wednesday, the program also purchased hot food for two families of JACCA students who needed help for Thanksgiving.

The two families received chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, and a cookie tray for dessert. They did not know they were receiving anything and it was wonderful to see the smiles it brought and to hear how grateful they were that the JKL program thought of them during the holidays.



Waboba Helps “Keep Life Fun” for JKL Students



JKL Students at Longview High School in Texas and East Laurens High School in Georgia recently received special deliveries that certainly helped them “keep life fun,” which is the mission of Waboba, a Swedish company committed to creating unique, fun products that change the way you play.

They gifted our students at these two schools (our only JKL programs that, due to local and school regulations, are allowed to meet in-person) with items including their famous “Moon Balls,” Moon Cracket Set, LED Flyers, and more.

Waboba’s mission is backed by a team of researchers that has determined that children and adults should play at least once a day to experience an improvement in mood and general well-being. Now that’s a philosophy we can get behind! Our students had a blast trying out their new gear, and working up a sweat at the same time! Thank you Waboba for your generous donation!

Athletes That Care Donates Backpacks to JKL Students



Students in our JKL program at Longview High School in Texas were thrilled to receive brand new backpacks thanks to a generous donation from the Athletes That Care group out of Diana, Texas.

Athletes That Care is a small service organization based at New Diana High School. It was formed a few years ago by some students with a very determined mother at their side to support their efforts. Mrs. Lori James (mother/leader) and her daughter LiAnn James, a junior at New Diana High, were kind enough to share their hard work and dedication with our JKL kids.

This organization was started with the goal of helping foster kids and underprivileged kids with basic needs and they are now they are reaching out to area schools seeking to support any kid in need. They’ve distributed over 1,000 new bags so far, and we are honored to partner with them!




Camila’s Tips: Brazilian Rice



5 cups rice (cooked according to package directions)
1 tbsp butter
1 cup carrots (diced)
1 cup golden raisins (chopped)
1 cup dried plums (or to taste) (chopped)
1 cup chopped green apple (diced)
Olive oil and salt (as needed)
1/2 onion, chopped
1 15oz can diced tomatoes(drained)
1 cup ham (chopped)
1 cup frozen peas (room temperature)
1 15oz can hearts of palm (drained and chopped)
1/2 cup green olives (sliced)
2 cups mozzarella (shredded)

1. Cook rice according to package directions.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
3. Melt butter in a stockpot. Add carrots, raisins, plums and apple. Cook over medium heat until mixture is golden brown and begins to soften.
4. In a large sauté pan, place a little oil, and the onion and 3 generous pinches of salt. Cook until translucent. Add tomatoes, ham, peas, hearts of palm, and olives. Sauté for a few minutes and season to taste.
5. In a baking dish, place a layer of rice, then half the fruit mixture, then half of the ham mixture on top. Continue layering, finishing with the rice, and topping with cheese.
6. Bake until cheese melts and serve.

Enjoy! Beijos
– Camila



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December 2020 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Mya Hickman, New Vision Humanities High School, New York


A once timid, shy and reserved freshman, Mya from New Vision Humanities in New York, took the advice from her counselor and joined the JKL program.

Mya is now a thriving, outspoken sophomore student who remembers that day vividly. She explains, “I had such a shell and was very shy and there were so many people in the cafeteria for the JKL meeting, but I decided to get out of my comfort zone and I haven’t turned back!” Now with the JKL program being 100% virtual, Mya is still taking advantage of each session and hasn’t missed one yet.

Getting a chance to hear from WWE Super Star R-Truth and have weekly Zumba classes have been the highlight of her semester so far. Although she is still uncertain about when school will be back in-person, Mya is not complaining.

Since Covid, she has become more focused with school work and keep remaindering herself to “not be afraid to try new things.” JKL Instructor, Ms. Byers states, “Mya is a student who overcame academic obstacles and fitness challenges. Mya is a model JKL student who fits in just perfectly in our JKL program.”




Get Lit with Greenlighter Gear

Since we have launched online programming this Fall, Kamari has had 100% participation. Sessions with Officer Ryan Tillman,, Monthly We hope you loved j.k. livin Founder Matthew McConaughey’s memoir and #1 New York Times Bestseller, Greenlights, as much as we did!

Now you can rock your own personal “Greenlighter” gear, as Matthew calls it, as “a reminder and inspiration to create greenlights in this life for yourself and others, so we can all get lit and just keep livin.” Count us in! For T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, koozies and more, visit!



JKL Students Give Back During the Holiday Season



Our JKL students from Fremont High School in Los Angeles put on a community service event appreciating the essential workers in their schools.

Students safely put together goodie bags and constructed “Thank You” posters and cards for the cafeteria workers who provide food to the community. Goodie bags were delivered to the food workers from LAUSD at Fremont High School in appreciation for all of the hard work that they do for our community.

This idea was sparked during a gratitude zoom session when one of the students talked about how thankful she was to our cafeteria workers who she felt were not recognized for being out in the front lines during the COVID closures. She explained how they provided her family food every day during the lockdown. She talked about how although they have masks on they are very welcoming and always make sure they give her family enough meals, even for her parents.



Our JKL program at East Laurens High School in Dublin honored 4 of their staff members who have served our country by planning a Veterans Day reception at East Laurens High School.

It was important for the Veterans to know how deeply appreciated they are for the sacrifices they have made in their lives to keep our country free. Students decorated each of the staff member’s classroom doors at school and Jaylen, who is one of the JKL members, wrote a poem in their honor.

After decorating the doors, the students invited the four staff members to join their JKL session to share stories and include them in the gratitude circle where all 4 were thanked for their service and sacrifice.





Camila’s Tips: Candied Mixed Nuts and Cranberry Mix



• 2 cups unsalted cashews*
• 2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts*
• 2 cups whole pecans*
• 1 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
• 1-1/2 teaspoons apple pie spice
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 2 large egg whites
• 1 cup dried cranberries

1. Preheat oven to 300F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine nuts. Set aside.
3. In a medium bowl,beat egg white with whisk until foamy. Add sugar, spices, and salt.
Pour egg white-sugar mixture over nuts. Gently fold until nuts are evenly coated. Divide nuts between prepared baking sheets.
4. Bake candied nuts at 300F 30 minutes or until golden brown, stirring once every 15 minutes.
5. Cool nuts completely on baking sheet. Once cooled, break nuts apart into clusters and combine with dried cranberries.
6. Store snack mix in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 weeks.

Enjoy! Beijos
– Camila

Full recipe on Women of Today »



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