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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!

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

Directions
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 »

 


 

Swag of the Month

Limited Edition JKL Texas Relief Fund Custom Guitar T-shirt and Hat – Grab your limited edition t-shirt or hat! 100% of the profits will go towards the just keep livin Texas Relief Fund to help support those impacted by Texas Winter Storm Uri.

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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.

Ingredients:
FOR THE FRIES:
• 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

FOR THE DIP:
• 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

Directions:
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

 

 

Ingredients:
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)

Directions:
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, Vote.org, 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 www.shopgreenlights.com!

 


 

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

 

 

Ingredients:
• 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

Directions:
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 »

 


 

Swag of the Month: JKL Tumblers

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November 2020 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Kamari, Ballou H.S | Washington D.C.

 

Remote learning has created a barrier for student participation in many classrooms and programs around the world. Luckily, we have been able to pivot and reach some resilient students who are eager to log back on to the computer after countless school day zoom meetings. Kamari, from our Ballou JKL program, is one of those students!

Since we have launched online programming this Fall, Kamari has had 100% participation. Sessions with Officer Ryan Tillman, Vote.org, Monthly Calisthenics workouts and a high energy interview with WWE superstar R-Truth were some of his favorite JKL sessions so far. During Covid, Kamari has missed being in person for JKL programming and band practice, but that didn’t stop him from getting creative.

Kamari started cooking healthier meals, participating in weekly drum pad practice sessions with friends via zoom and recently got inspired to start jogging with his mother after hearing about our JKL Fall Virtual 5k. Kamari is dedicated to keeping up his school work and JKL sessions for the year and is looking forward to laughing and having fun with friends soon! Once things settle, Kamari would like to take a trip to North Carolina to see his family. We appreciate Kamari’s engagement level and dedication to the JKL program and look forward to seeing him in person in the near future.

 


 


 

Wishing a very Happy Birthday to our inspiring founder, Matthew McConaughey.

Make sure to grab your copy of his #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today best seller, Greenlights!

 


 

WWE Superstar R-TRUTH Shares His Truth with JKL Students

 

 

just keep livin students and staff tuned in for a very special virtual visit from famed WWE Superstar, R-Truth.

Having been wrestling for over 20 years, R-Truth really opened up to JKL students, sharing his personal story – from his humble beginnings heading down a dangerous path that included jail time for selling drugs, to finding enduring success as a wrestler at the WWE, where he is the current 24/7 Champion in his record 42nd reign.

We had over 100 students and staff join the conversation, some of them even proudly showing off their own R-Truth action figures! They were treated to countless words of wisdom, such as “I had to be my own cheerleader,” “we can move mountains as individuals,” and “your voice is the most important thing you have.” From being a devoted father, to rapping, to his surprising hobby of flying kites, R-Truth seems to do it all.

He emphasized the importance of voting, gave students advice on how to pursue their dreams, and credited his faith and belief in himself for his longevity. When asked about the importance of setting goals, he said “Setting goals gives you ambition. It’s like the dynamite stick you light. You have to plan something before you can execute.” We want to sincerely thank R-Truth, as well as the WWE who sponsors our JKL program at Learning Works Charter, for giving our students this terrific opportunity!

 


 

The Kevin Love Fund Donates Masks to jkl Students in Partnership With “Cover or Covid”

 

 

The Kevin Love Fund, through their community partner organization, Cover or Covid, generously provided 2500 masks to just keep livin students in Cleveland to help keep them safe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

We were thrilled to receive these high-quality, comfortable masks to distribute to our students at John Adams and Glenville high schools along with their families. Our John Adams students in particular found that these masks came in handy when they volunteered their time packaging Halloween treat bags to distribute to children in need at the Earl B. Turner Community Center.

We love the circle of giving that this mask donation was able to facilitate! The Kevin Love Fund, which generously sponsors one of our just keep livin afterschool programs in Cleveland, has a mission to inspire people to live their healthiest lives while providing the tools to achieve physical and emotional well-being. They recently partnered with the local nonprofit, Cover of Covid, which works to ensure the availability of excellent quality, reusable cloth masks to those in need. We’re so grateful to have been selected as the beneficiary of this mask donation and we look forward to continuing to work with both organizations in the future!

 


 

Ryan Tillman | Breaking Barriers United

 

 

We wanted to highlight one of our recent just keep livin guest speakers, Police Officer, Ryan Tillman @breaking_barriers_united!

Ryan is such an incredible motivational speaker and he inspired hope through his messaging that despite his own mindset about the police as a child, he now speaks out against police brutality and is actively helping to change and improve the system. His acknowledgment of imperfection and humility being the first steps to success really resonated with our students.

Ryan also touched base on Matthew’s monthly quote for October, “Don’t Leave Crumbs.” As Ryan grew up in life, he shared how he had several opportunities early on to be a leader yet despite those opportunities, he still made mistakes. He chose to learn from those mistakes because making the same mistake twice is what we call “crumbs.” Those are crumbs that you will leave behind and what starts to develop is a pattern. A pattern of your character which will go before you as you get older and you will be judged by your character! Through sharing his own personal story of adversity, he encouraged our youth to use the adversity they face in their own daily lives to make change for the better later in their life.

 


 

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

 

 

Looking for a dessert option this that isn’t too sweet or full of refined sugar? We’ve got just the recipe for you — These Cinnamon Baked Apples with Nuts + Coconut Sugar definitely satisfy any sweet tooth, and require such little prep work that you’ll be making them all holiday long (and beyond!)

All you’ll need are some great quality organic apples (we used red, but you can also use Granny Smith), chopped walnuts or pecans, coconut sugar, organic butter, cinnamon and water. Throw them in the oven for 40-45 minutes and you’re all set! Be sure to serve quickly after cooling so your apples stay nice and plump!

Ingredients:
• 4 organic apples
• 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
• 1/4 cup coconut sugar
• 2 tbsp organic butter
• 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
• 1/2 cup water

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

Enjoy! Beijos
– Camila

Full recipe on Women of Today »

 


 

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October 2020 Newsletter

Matthew McConaughey Helps Support Voter Registration

 

 

JKL Founder Matthew McConaughey participated in Facebook Watch’s Vote-A-Thon 2020 on Tuesday, Sept. 22, to support National Voter Registration Day.

The non-partisan educational event aimed to register 4 million voters in order to become the largest voting information campaign in American history. The reimagined telethon, featuring informational games, absentee ballot tutorials and helpful reminders ultimately sent Facebook users to its Voting Information Center with important resources ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election. In case you missed it, you can check out the video here.

 


 

2020 Election: JKL Students Get Involved

 

 

This year, we want to make sure that our just keep livin students know that their voices matter! Our goal is to equipped the JKL community with information and resources needed to help get everyone who is eligible to vote registered.

We have also encouraged our younger students to spread awareness for the importance of voting as well as pledge to vote when they are of age. This is such an important and exciting time for the first-time voters in our program and we are happy to provide assistance throughout the process.

Additionally, we had the pleasure of hosting guest speaker, Sydney Rose from Vote.org, who led a great presentation about easy-to-use online voter tools and how to access local voter information. We have a number of additional events and activities coming up with a focus on voting and we look forward to the impacting change that comes through education and accessibility to quality information.

Are You Registered to Vote?

 


 

What Are You Grateful For?

 

“I’m grateful for all the obstacles in my life. They have strengthened me as I continue with my journey.”
– Lesely, Sam Houston High School, Texas

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“I’m grateful for social media because even though I can’t vote, at least I can encourage others to.”
– Malik, Anacostia High School, Washington D.C.

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“I’m grateful for being alive and having the confidence to show my face on camera, on Zoom because I remember there was a time where I had a shell and I couldn’t even do that, so I am just proud and grateful.”
– Mya, New Visions High School, New York

 


 

Honoring Those Lost on 9/11

 

 

JKL Founder Matthew McConaughey joined other celebrities including Alec Baldwin and Kristen Bell for Cantor Fitzgerald & BGC Partners’ virtual Charity Day 2020, a one-day event that works to honor the lives of those lost on 9/11.

These philanthropic famous faces joined the trading firm’s clients and employees in a virtual meet and greet session to raise funds for charitable organizations. The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, which has raised approximately $180 million globally since its inception, was created to commemorate the 658 Cantor employees and 61 Eurobrokers lost in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks.

The founders pledged on day one that help would always be there, not just to assist those affected by 9/11, but to provide hope and support around the globe. In addition to this worthy organization, the event also raised $10 million for hundreds of other charities around the world, including the just keep livin Foundation.

 


 

Pick Up Matthew McConaughey’s Memoir Later This Month!

 

 

Ever since I learned to write, I’ve been keeping a journal, writing down anything that turned me on, turned me off, made me laugh, made me cry, made me question, or kept me up at night,” McConaughey says in a video message to his social media followers.

“Two years ago, I worked up the courage to take all of those journals off into solitary confinement just to see what the hell I had, and I returned with a book.”

That book is called Greenlights, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction. When asked about the meaning of the title, McConaughey said, “it’s the story about how I have — and we all can — catch more of them in this life we’re livin’. Greenlights, which McConaughey calls, “a love letter to life,” is available from Penguin Random House on October 20th.

 


 

Camila’s Tips: No Mayo Coleslaw

 

 

This recipe goes well with everything!!!! Eat it alone or enjoy it as a dish by itself!

The cabbage will last you a long time in the refrigerator before you shred it, and then it will last you few days after you make this recipe! With the times we are going through now, it is essential to make things that will last longer and require you to take fewer trips to the store! It is also a super inexpensive recipe to make, and a better-for-you version of coleslaw because it doesn’t have the mayo.

Ingredients:
• Green Cabbage
• 1 large red apple julienned or thin sliced (I used Granny Smith )
• 1/2 or 1/4 red red onion thinly sliced (the amount depends on the size of your cabbage )
• 3 tbsp coarsely chopped mint
• 2 tbsp lemon juice
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 2 tsp apple cider vinegar≈ • 1-2 tsp white wine vinegar
• Salt to taste

Instructions:
1. Finely shred the cabbage using a mandoline. If you don’t have one, use a sharp knife and shred as fine as you can! The thinner the cabbage, the better this will taste.
2. Combine all the other Ingredients and mix together in a large bowl. Taste it as you go to see if it needs any more acidity, moisture or salt!
3. Can be served right the way or it gets better next day!

Enjoy! Beijos
– Camila

 


 

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September 2020 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Madahi, Venice High School, Los Angeles, JKL Graduate 2020

 

Recent JKL Venice High School Alum, Madahi wasn’t able to cross the stage for graduation this year like so many of our other JKL seniors across the country. She still stands tall and full of positive energy with summer coming to end and college on the horizon!

Since the pandemic, Madahi has been able to focus on her newly discovered vegan diet and zero waste lifestyle, which she credits to what she learned in the JKL program. She explains, “when I was in the Venice JKL program it definitely opened eyes to trying new foods, being healthy in my choices and always giving back to the community. My best friend and I have been on a vegan journey and we are loving it!”

Although JKL meetings didn’t take place in person during the late spring semester, Madahi was still committed to giving back to the community. She has been collecting donations to send protective gear and school supplies for farmers and their children in the San Jose area. A once shy and non-motivated student, Madahi is now ready to take on the world and reach her full potential. This Fall, Madahi will start college with a dream to one day have a place in forensics sciences. We wish nothing but positive energy and support for Madahi aspirations.

 


 

Back to School

 

 

We are thrilled to be kicking off our JKL programming for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

Nothing seems typical anymore and we are truly reinventing the way we are providing quality programming for our students. As we prepare to continue to teach, support, and guide our amazing high school students, it is important to note that we have a high quality group of educators providing them guidance during this virtual period.

We anticipate a great start to the school year as we will continue to create a positive, safe, productive, and empathetic online experience. We will embark on a new journey this school year and collectively we will have to navigate waters that are unprecedented. As we prepare to continue with our online platform, our focus will be to ensure that all four components of our JKL program will be provided from live fitness workouts, nutrition demonstrations, virtual guest speakers, Mental Health Monday’s with licensed therapists to virtual community service opportunities.

We are thrilled to welcome back our returning JKL staff and students and we welcome our new members! We have expanded into Charlotte, North Carolina at West Charlotte High School, in Dublin, Georgia at East Laurens High School and right here in Los Angeles at Learning Works Charter. We look forward to serving our JKL community!

 


 

Matthew and Dr. Fauci Talk Shop

 

 

Our Founder, Matthew McConaughey recently interviewed the nation’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci to discuss the coronavirus on his Instagram LIVE.

Matthew had the chance to ask Dr. Fauci questions about the virus and he received several scientific answers to help create a road map for all of us as we continue to try and move forward during these challenging times. There were some great key takeaways from the talk and you can listen to them here.

We are so proud that Matthew is always finding ways to help others. We appreciate Matthew and Dr. Fauci taking the time to continue to educate us through this pandemic. Taking care of yourself is taking care of others! The discussion ended on a hopeful note, with Matthew noting, “We can have our freedom and our party later. Right now, let’s pull together.”
 


 

Jackie Robinson Day

 

 

JKL students celebrated the anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut in 1947.

Typically held each season on April 15th, it was rescheduled this year for August 28th. Our students decorated signs in his honor as they watched the game in support of our partners the Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers.

 


 

Camila’s Tips: Baked Buffalo Cauliflower

 

 

This recipe is very easy to make, and it is addictive!! Once you start snacking, we promise you won’t be able to stop. We do have a couple tips we picked up for you when you make this dish:

First, cut your cauliflower into large pieces, approximately 1 inch to 1.5 inches in diameter (the pieces will shrink when cooked).

Second, make sure you remove any excess almond flour pieces before placing the cauliflower on a baking tray (they will burn if left on the pan!).

Ingredients:

• 1 head organic cauliflower
• 1 cup almond flour
• 1 egg, or vegan egg substitute
• 1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
• 1 tbsp garlic powder
• 1 tbsp onion powder
• 1 pinch salt and pepper

Instructions:

1. Pre heat the oven to 400°F.
2. Cut cauliflower into 1-1.5 inch pieces and place in a large bowl.
3. Prepare the dipping mixture by putting the egg (beaten) in one bowl and the almond flour, garlic powder, onion powder and salt and pepper in another bowl.
4. Pour the egg over the cauliflower and mix well, making sure each piece is coated.
5. Pour the almond flour mixture over the cauliflower and mix, making sure each piece is coated well.
6. Place the cauliflower on the baking sheet.
7. Bake for 25 minutes, or until pieces are a little crispy on the edges. Careful not to let the pieces burn!
8. Remove cauliflower from oven and place pieces back in a large bowl.
9. Pour the Frank’s Red Hot Sauce on top, making sure pieces are totally coated.
10. Place the cauliflower back on the baking sheet and in the oven in 8 minutes.
11. Broil on high for 1 minutes.

View Full Recipe on Women’s Today »

 


 

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August 2020 Newsletter

Town & Country Magazine Philanthropy Summit

 

 

We are so excited that our founders Camila and Matthew McConaughy were included in Town & Country Magazine’s Philanthropy Summit with a mission to spread hope, celebrate heroism, and better the world by effecting positive change!

We are so grateful to everyone who tuned in and so proud to share our 360 approach to our JKL afterschool fitness and wellness program, providing a safe place for our youth where they can learn the tools for a better life. During the summit, our very own Program Manager, Leon Clayborne, had a great conversation with JKL Alum from Animo Inglewood Charter High School in Los Angeles, Maria Gutierrez Watson!

Maria was recently featured in Town and Country’s Philanthropy Issue alongside Matthew and Camila. She has since graduated from UCLA and is now a teacher in Chicago. We are so touched to have had the opportunity to share the incredible work of our foundation and so proud of Maria for all of her accomplishments!

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JKL Partners With Homeboy Industries

 

 

Homeboy’s overarching goal is to see individuals heal from trauma. Over their 30-year history, they have seen time and time again the way that new experiences outside of the neighborhood help their program participants along their journey of healing.

For most justice-involved and gang-involved youth that they’ve worked with, we know summer to be a particularly vulnerable time for street violence in the absence of access to what some kids experience as typical summer opportunities.

Homeboy leaders lead a variety of experiences throughout the year for program participants to experience life outside of their trauma and their neighborhoods. They aim to provide opportunities to learn in spaces one has not experienced before, to find serenity in spaces of nature, to process and reflect surrounded by beauty and art, and to grow confidence and imagination while in kinship and community with other participants. JKL is excited to be a part of their summer programming reaching more than 40 of their youth for a 6 week summer programming. We have been providing part of our JKL programming by offering their youth yoga, calisthenics classes, hip hop classes, nutrition demos and tips on managing anxiety. We are proud to be partnering with such an amazing organization!

 


 

What Are You Grateful For?

“I am grateful for this program and that I have the opportunity to be on a call with everyone and talk about myself and about how other people are doing. It is nice to remember that I am not the only person in the world. I appreciate this time I have to self-reflect about the decisions I have made.”
– Kiryana (Morse HS, San Diego)

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“I am grateful for all my teachers and administrators because of all the effort they’ve put in to reach out and communicate with their students and for all the leniency and understanding that they’ve had during this time.”
– Brandon (Huntington Park HS, Los Angeles)

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” am grateful for the people who are supporting me in this hard time that I am going through right now. It’s nice to have a support system.”
– Geneva Rushton (John Adams HS, Cleveland)

 


 

JKL Instructor Spotlight

 

 

Meet Cameron David, one of our amazing instructors from the JKL Program at Venice High School in Los Angeles! He has been busy this summer turning his passion for hiking into a soon to be nonprofit organization.

Cameron explains, “I started hiking years ago to get away from the city and work on my mental health and hiking helped me. When you are submerged in nature you are forced to be with yourself”. Cameron established “The Noir Nature Guide” after getting an overwhelming response from people who were curious about the hikes after he would post about them on social media.

The requests eventually turned into the Noir Nature Guide, a guided tour through the many mountains and trails in Southern California. The trips also include ice breakers, physical warmups, lunch, local history lessons and gratitude circles. You can catch Cameron leading 2-3 guided hikes a month. Be sure to check him out at @thee_noirnatureguide for more information.

 


 

Camila’s Tips: Camila’s Beet Hummus

 

 

This recipe is so easy to do, and so much better because it is homemade…

Most people don’t realize how easy it is to make your own hummus at home. Simply combine your ingredients in a food processor or blender, and serve. We promise you will get compliments from guests on how beautiful your spread looks!

Ingredients
• 2 cans chickpeas
• 1 cup tahini
• 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
• 3 cloves of garlic (large)
• 1 tsp ground cumin
• 3 beets cooked (medium size)

Instructions
1. In food processor combine all ingredients and puree until creamy. If too thick, add a little water to get to desired consistency.
2. Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with sliced almonds, feta cheese, thinly sliced scallions, and sliced radishes.

Enjoy! Beijos
– Camila

Full recipe on Women of Today »

 


 

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May 2020 Newsletter

Student Spotlight

We had the pleasure of catching up with Duane, a sophomore from our New Visions JKL program in NYC.

Duane is an inspiring visual artist who loves to draw people. He also enjoys listening to heavy metal music and constantly challenging himself with different workouts. Duane was once the new kid on the block, but JKL has helped him to develop friendships in a safe and fun environment.

Last semester, Duane enjoyed learning how to ice skate, sharing in the gratitude circle, giving back to his community and learning the importance of incorporating fruits and veggies into his diet. Duane dreams of becoming a professional graphic designer and architect and we are certainly rooting for him to achieve his goals!

 


 

JKL Founders Give Back During COVID-19

 

 

As we work to navigate through these uncertain times, our just keep livin Founders Matthew and Camila McConaughey continuously inspire us with their widespread relief efforts.

Perhaps you’ve seen one of Matthew’s public service announcements urging Americans to stay home, sharing encouraging words about taking care of each other, or masquerading as “Bobby Bandito” in a tutorial for making a DIY face mask to stay safe because “we’ve got more livin to do”!.

Camila has combined staying fit with giving back through her frequent Instagram LIVE workouts alongside Margie Pope, Director at The Studio CROSSFIT Shoreditch, which are free but encourage donations to JKL’s fundraising campaign. A big thanks to Margie for sharing her time and talents! You can join the fun by visiting Camila’s Instagram page!

Additionally, Matthew and Camila have teamed up with Bethenny Frankel’s BStrong organization to provide 80,000 masks to first responders in Austin, Louisiana and across the country.

And we can’t forget Matthew’s surprise virtual visit to the residents of senior living home, The Enclave at Round Rock, during which he hosted a game of bingo and served up an abundance of smiles!

We’re so proud of our Founders for their big hearts and dedication to giving back during this challenging time!

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Mack, Jack & McConaughey 2020 – The Show Must Go On

 

 

Although COVID-19 made it impossible for Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M), our largest annual fundraiser, to be an in-person event this year, we decided that the show must go on!

On April 23rd, along with event co-hosts, Mack & Sally Brown and Jack & Amy Ingram, Matthew and Camila hosted a small virtual event for our incredible sponsors. It was a special evening featuring an amazing lineup of music from Grammy Award-Winning Singer/Songwriters and a LIVE performance by this year’s headliner, multi-platinum, award-winning musician and CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, Luke Combs.

The group enjoyed songs by artists who have supported MJ&M over the past eight years including Toby Keith, John Mellencamp, Butch Walker, Bobby Pinson, Wade Bowen, Jon Randall & Jessi Alexander, Lori McKenna and Eric Church. They also had the pleasure of welcoming new friends Ryan Bingham, Waylon Payne and Emerson Hart into the MJ&M circle. The evening was capped off with four songs performed LIVE by Luke Combs, and, as is tradition with MJ&M, our very own Jack Ingram playing his song, “Goodnight Moon.”

In Matthew’s words, “The caliber of talent at MJ&M each year continues to humble us.” We want to give a huge thank you to all of the artists who shared their talents, as well as our loyal donors and supporters who once again helped us raise much-needed funds for five worthy organizations empowering children: CureDuchenne, Dell Children’s Medical Center, HeartGift, just keep livin Foundation and The Rise School of Austin.

If you are interested in making a donation to help MJ&M’s beneficiary organizations, including the just keep livin Foundation, you can still get involved. Text “MJM” to 24375 to #EmpowerKids!

 


 

JKL Zoom Session with Kevin Love

 

 

As we all adjust to the new social distancing norms, we’ve been hosting regular Zoom calls to check-in on our students and faculty, and we’re excited to share that one of our most special calls included five-time NBA All-Star Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers!

During a Zoom session with our Cleveland just keep livin students and teachers, Love shared words of inspiration and encouragement. An especially touching moment came when he shared his list of “160 dreams”, telling our students that “dreams don’t have deadlines” and sharing with them the importance of “falling in love with the journey” of creating goals! Love’s words motivated our students on every level, inspiring them to “attack each day” while also focusing on maintaining balance.

We LOVE working with the Kevin Love Fund and are so grateful his foundation sponsors the JKL program at John Adams High School. Thank you again to Kevin Love for sharing his knowledge with our JKL kids, and for working so hard to empower our youth by removing the stigma from mental health issues, especially during these challenging and uncertain times!

 


 

Stay Connected

 

 

We will continue to share our just keep livin exercises, nutrition tips and more!

Check it out on Instagram!!!

Make sure to follow our foundation’s Instagram page for the latest: @jklivinfoundation

 


 

What Are You Grateful For?

“I’m grateful for my JKL Instructors. They’ve really helped me, mentally and physically, to gain confidence, so that I wouldn’t be afraid of anything going into high school.”

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“I’m grateful that being a part of just keep livin has given me opportunity. There are so many things that I wouldn’t have been able to do without the program.”

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“I’m grateful that my little cousin is finally home from surgery. I am happy that he is getting through it, and that I can be there to support my aunt and uncle.”

 


 

Camila’s Tips: Cookie Dough Energy Bites

 

 

Say hello to our new favorite snack – Cookie Dough Energy Bites. Featuring just the right amount of healthy protein and sweetness (who else loves chia seeds and peanut butter as much as we do?), 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! Our recipe makes as many as 40 bites, so feel free to freeze them to make them last longer!

Ingredients:

• 2 cups organic rolled oats
• 2 cups flaked unsweetened coconut
• 1/2 cup organic peanut butter, or almond butter as a substitute
• 1/2 cup organic honey
• 1/4 cup chia seeds
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/2 tsp vanilla
• 1/2 cup organic chocolate chips

Enjoy! Beijos
– Camila

Full recipe on Women of Today »

 


 

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April 2020 Newsletter

The Coronavirus has shut down countless schools.

 

 

Many are Title 1 schools that serve lower income families where on average 80% of the students depend on the free meals they get daily at their schools. Now, they don’t have it.

Please join the just keep livin foundation’s efforts to provide meals for these students and their families by clicking the link below where 100% of the funds raised will go to feed them in this time of need.

In the meantime and all times, thank you for your support, and just keep livin.

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What Are You Grateful For?

“I’m thankful for the future that comes now. I’m grateful that I get to graduate this year, and that I am given the time to continue my journey. It hasn’t been easy for a while, going through a lot of trauma wasn’t easy, so I’m grateful that I can still stand here proudly with the people I love the most. I’m thankful for the hope that I have and what the future holds.”

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“I’m grateful for this program and everyone I’ve met through it. It’s helped me a lot with overcoming my battle with being diabetic which has been a struggle mentally for me and for my family. JKL has kept me in a good place mentally to keep pushing.”

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“I’m grateful for my mother. She has supported me through everything that I’ve been through. I am also grateful for my JKL instructor. He’s been a great role model, trainer and teacher.”

 


 

Stay Connected

 

 

We will continue to share our just keep livin exercises, nutrition tips and more!

Make sure to follow our foundation’s Instagram page for the latest: @jklivinfoundation

 


 

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! Suggestion: double it so you have breakfast for another day.

Makes: 1 serving

Ingredients:

• 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.

 


 

Camila’s Tips: Big Batch Beans Vegetarian or Meat Style

 

 

We have to keep things easy and on a budget during these times and maximize what we have at home, so sharing with you an easy recipe for black beans.

You can follow the recipe or make swaps for any of the ingredients and still have a delicious meal that is all your own.

You can serve rice + beans on their own, vegetarian style or throw an egg on top Brazilian style. You can add some meats that you may have in your freezer. There really isn’t a wrong way to make these! If you aren’t getting enough flavor, I can show you how to add some simple ingredients you probably already have at home to kick up the taste!

These are a Brazilian household staple and a great way to get a big boost of protein on a budget and feed the whole family without a trip to the store. Stay safe everyone.

Enjoy! Beijos
– Camila

View the Recipe on Womenoftoday.com

 


 

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