January 2023 Newslettter

You’re Invited to Run the Austin Marathon

COME RUN!

The just keep livin programs are going to be enjoying miles of Austin’s unique neighborhoods, famous landmarks, and be cheered on by crowds as we cross the finish line in front of the Texas State Capitol on historic Congress Ave on Sunday, February 19! There will be live music on the course and a downtown concert.

If you reach the Fundraising Milestones below, you will also be eligible to win more unique incentives:

  • Raise $500 and receive a limited-edition Matthew McConaughey bobblehead and an official j.k. livin T-shirt
  • Raise $1500 and receive a signed item from Matthew McConaughey

You can sign up here to start your own fundraising team or send a donation!


Round up Holiday JKL Celebrations

Just keep livin students celebrated the holidays across the nation!

Some of our programs celebrated by sharing a meal. Our students at Akins High School in Austin, Texas and Venice High School, in Los Angeles, California hosted a gratitude dinner to break bread and share what they were thankful for.

The devastating mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Matthew’s hometown of Uvalde, Texas, pained us deeply and spurred us to action. We While some of our other programs decided to get on their feet with a holiday dance party. Our students at Animo Inglewood High School in Inglewood, California and East Laurens High School in Dublin, Georgia got their groove on and left everything on the dance floor, ready to start the new year! Our wonderful jkl staff created these lovely spaces for our students to give thanks and share their appreciation. What a way to transition into the New Year! set up a Uvalde Relief Fund to help with grief counseling and other immediate and long-term needs of the community. We opened a JKL program at Uvalde High School in order to provide students with a safe haven and a healthy way to come together. With our partners at Converse, we set up a college scholarship for Uvalde students to Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, the dream school of Maite Rodriguez, one of the victims of the shooting.


Young Life Weekend Adventure Camp

Our JKL program at Pinkston High School attended a two-night sleep away camp with Young Life Adventure Camp where they enjoyed a breathtaking thirty-acre lake as the backdrop to their camping experience.

From team sports and team-building activities to individual sports and games, Lakeview allowed the students to make fun memories that will last a lifetime!


Camila’s Tips: Easy Apple, Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Bites

This is the perfect recipe if you need to pull together an easy appetizer in a pinch for your next gathering!

These tasty bites are the perfect finger food, and the taste is perfection! You can’t go wrong with the combination of salty prosciutto, sweet apple, buttery rolls, and creamy goat cheese. It can be prepared the same day you’re serving or stay frozen until you’re ready to heat and eat!

This recipe checks all the boxes; easy to make, incredibly delicious, and beautifully presented on a holiday table.

Ingredients

• 8 oz tube of crescent rolls
• 4 oz goat cheese
• 1 honeycrisp apple, cored and sliced into very think slices
• 5 oz package of prosciutto
• Honey, for drizzling before serving

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a large piece of parchment paper, roll out the tube of crescent rolls and push the dough together to make one large rectangle, approximately 14″ wide and 10″ long. Use a rolling pin to smooth the dough.
  3. Slice 6 strips on the long side and four strips on the short, slicing the rectangle into 24 equal size squares or as close to equal as possible.
  4. Loosely place one square into each of the 24 muffin cup tins. The dough can cover only part of the muffin cup, just the bottom and up the side a bit.
  5. In each muffin tin, add a small amount of goat cheese on top of the dough until all the goat cheese is used. If you cut the 4 oz goat cheese log in half lengthwise, you will have 2 half logs. Slice each half log into 12 equal pieces, and you will have 24 pieces of goat cheese for the muffin cups.
  6. Take the thinly sliced apples and arrange 2 or 3 pieces into each muffin tin, apples can be higher than the muffin tin. Cutting the apple slices as needed to fit.
  7. Divide out the prosciutto package into 24 pieces. Depending on the package’s number of slices, you may have to cut each slice into 4 or 5 pieces. Roll the prosciutto pieces any way you like, and fill each muffin tin with a piece of prosciutto.
  8. If baking immediately: Place the muffin tin into the preheated 350-degree oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until the dough is golden brown.
  9. If prepping in the morning to bake later in the day: The muffin tin can be loosely covered and refrigerated at this point until you’re ready to bake.
  10. If making ahead to freeze: At this point the bites and be cooled completely, removed from the muffin tin and placed gently into a freezable container. When reheating these at a later date, preheat oven to 350 degrees and place each bite on a baking sheet. Heat for 10 minutes or until bites are heated through.

Enjoy! Beijos Camila

Full recipe by Women of Today »


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December 2022 Newsletter

Las Posadas Raffle

A $25 donation to our Uvalde Relief Fund gets you a chance to win a CUSTOM pair of Lucchese boots!

Thank you to the incredible musician William Beckmann who is making this possible through his Las Posadas Hope for Uvalde tour. Check out williambeckmann.com for tour dates or click here to donate and enter the raffle! Winner will be announced on December 28. Multiple entries are allowed!


Matthew and Camila McConaughey Sending Warm Wishes

Happy Holidays! As the end of the year approaches, we want to thank you for your support of our mission to empower high school students to lead active lives and make healthy choices for a better future. Thanks to generous partners like you, our after school program now operates at 44 sites in 15 cities and this past year alone, we have served more than 3000 high school students.

As we all know, the past few years have brought with them much isolation and anxiety, especially for young people. We are proud of the ways in which the JKL team has equipped our students with coping techniques to help overcome these challenges. One of our members, Geraldine, noted, “Whether it’s through learning about mindfulness and meditation in our “Mental Health Monday” sessions, coming together for a beach cleanup, kayak excursion, or just listening to each other share during one of our Gratitude Circles, JKL has remained a constant source of support in our otherwise tumultuous lives”.

The devastating mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Matthew’s hometown of Uvalde, Texas, pained us deeply and spurred us to action. We immediately set up a Uvalde Relief Fund to help with grief counseling and other immediate and long-term needs of the community. We opened a JKL program at Uvalde High School in order to provide students with a safe haven and a healthy way to come together. With our partners at Converse, we set up a college scholarship for Uvalde students to Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, the dream school of Maite Rodriguez, one of the victims of the shooting.

Thank you again for making a difference in so many lives of so many students. Along with our Foundation team – Shannon, Erica, Jenny, Leon, Jasmine and Andrew – we wish you and your loved ones a healthy and peaceful new year, and again, THANK YOU for your continued support.

just keep livin,

Camila and Matthew McConaughey


First Ever jkl Alumni Camping Trip

Some of our jkl alumni enjoyed a weekend camping trip at Lake Perris Campground in Moreno Valley, CA.

Students learned how to pop their own tent, build a fire and the weekend was full of reconnecting, forging new friendships, hiking, gratitude and lots of laughter.


Camila’s Tips: Roasted Potatoes with Arugula

We have never met a potato side dish that we didn’t love!

Looking for an easy roasted potato recipe with a splash of color and a burst of flavor? Well then look no further because you are going to have to give these Roasted Potatoes with Arugula a try!

This recipe checks all the boxes; easy to make, incredibly delicious, and beautifully presented on a holiday table.

Ingredients

• 6-8 golden yellow potatoes, scrubbed and sliced into ¼” wedges
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 1.5 cups baby arugula

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Add potatoes to a parchment paper-lined rimmed baking sheet, season with salt and pepper.
  3. Toss with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Spread potatoes evenly on the pan.
  4. Roast about 35 min. Remove pan from oven.
  5. Add arugula to potatoes on pan; mix to combine.
  6. Return pan to oven for 2 min to slightly wilt the arugula.
  7. Transfer to a serving platter.

Enjoy! Beijos Camila

Full recipe by Women of Today »


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November 2022 Newsletter

jkl is Roaming Wild

Our new partnership with Roam Wild Adventures kicked off this month with our jkl program at Eastern Hills High School.

On Saturday, October 22nd, the group headed out for an all-day adventure that included an introduction to climbing- understanding the elements of rock climbing (fundamentals of climbing, safety, belaying, & knot-tying), followed by practice on routes. In the afternoon, team-building activities mixed with reflection activities throughout the day in a challenge-by-choice environment was definitely a highlight.

The day trip ended with our Gratitude Circle and a family style dinner around a campfire. The jkl students did an amazing job and both staff and students learned so much about their journeys and life experiences throughout the day! It was a powerful experience for all!


VOTE VOTE VOTE!

Jkl is creating young voters!

We are encouraging all our eligible students to practice their right to vote. We have set up an event with Legacy Youth Leadership in January to do an entire two-hour session on voting and the important to pledge to vote. We are inviting all schools in Los Angeles to participate!


Camila’s Tips: Bacon Woven Turkey for Thanksgiving

If you have never made a turkey this way, we highly recommend it! The woven bacon makes a very impressive presentation on any Thanksgiving table.

If you haven’t made a turkey before and are still feeling nervous, just know that this was also the first turkey that Camila ever made and it turned out great!

Ingredients

• 1 Turkey
• 1 lb of regular sliced bacon
• Parchment paper

FOR ROASTING AT BOTTOM OF ROASTING PAN WITH TURKEY:
• 6 Carrots peeled and cut in half
• 2 Small Onions cut in quarters
• 1 bulb of garlic peeled cloves only

Directions

  1. Watch video for demo on how to make the basket weave for the turkey, here.
  2. Place the chilled bacon on top of turkey and the carrots, onions and cloves garlic in the bottom of the baking pan.
  3. Bake turkey 350 degrees (20 minutes per pound)
  4. Skim the fat off the drippings and blend the carrots, onions and garlic to make gravy.

Enjoy! Beijos Camila

Full recipe by Women of Today »


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October 2022 Newsletter

UT Football and JKL

On Saturday, September 3rd and Saturday, September 17th, our jkl programs from East Austin College Prep and Akins High School in Austin got to enjoy the UT game live at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium thanks to our amazing founders, Matthew and Camila McConaughey who gave their suite so the jkl students and staff could enjoy the games!

It was a first-time experience for some of our students and one to remember! Hook ‘EM!


Soccer at the Rose Bowl and JKL

On Saturday, September 24th, our jkl students from Huntington Park High School in Los Angeles were gifted twenty tickets to the Mexico vs. Colombia soccer game at the Rose Bowl from the wonderful folks at Expedia!

The kids had a blast cheering on their favorite teams and creating new memories with their peers.


Camila’s Tips: Chinese Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup

Fall is here and it’s time for cozy soups!

If you’re craving a tasty and hearty soup that comes together in about 30 minutes? Look no further…

Ingredients

• 1 tbsp peeled, chopped fresh ginger
• 1 bone-in chicken breast or fillet
• 1-inch fresh ginger, peeled and finely diced
• 1-quart chicken broth
• 1 can creamed corn
• 1 splash sesame oil
• 2 tbsp cornstarch
• 2 eggs
• 2 green onions chopped *optional

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, com1. In a small pot place chicken breast and cover with water.
  2. Add fresh ginger to the water.
  3. Cover the pot, bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Once chicken is fully cooked, save the stock in the pot and the ginger.
  5. Transfer this to a larger soup pot.
  6. Shred the chicken and discard the bone in using bone-in chicken breast.
  7. Over medium heat and in the large soup pot, combine the reserved chicken and ginger stock and 1 quart of chicken broth.
  8. Add the can of creamed corn and splash of sesame oil.
  9. Bring to a boil.
  10. Add shredded chicken and bring back to boil.
  11. In a small heat proof bowl and the cornstarch with small amount of chicken water to form thin paste.
  12. Drizzle into the soup, mixing thoroughly. This will slightly thicken the soup.
  13. In a large bowl, beat 2 eggs with a dash of chicken water, then drizzle it into the pot very slowly from about 6 inches above the pot. Slowly stirring.
  14. Garnish with chopped spring onions to serve.

Enjoy! Beijos Camila

Full recipe by Women of Today »


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September 2022 Newslettter

Matthew McConaughey Surprised With $50,000 Donation to JKL

We want to give a huge thank you to Andy Slavitt and Lemonada Media listeners for making a generous $50,000 donation to support our work empowering students at inner-city high schools.

As Matthew said on the “In the Bubble” podcast on which the donation was revealed, this donation will help fund teachers’ stipends, buses for community service and field trips, equipment and more. To listen to the rest of this inspiring interview that touches on fatherhood, values, new directions and catching those Greenlights, check out the podcast here.


JKL Students Run for a Cause

Even during their summer break, JKL students are still motivated to push themselves and try new things, all for a great cause!

On Saturday, August 13th, students from our Huntington Park and Animo South Los Angeles High School JKL programs had a blast participating in the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Sunset Run!

The annual event supports the LADF’s mission to improve education, health care, homelessness and social justice for all Angelenos. Our students eagerly tackled their goals – some running the 5K and some trying their hand at a 10K – while enjoying breathtaking views of downtown LA at sunset and supporting our longtime partners at LADF.

This awesome community event was a big hit with both students and staff and a great way to close out the summer!


Camila’s Tips: Ginger Garlic Shrimp

This is a quick and easy meal that is perfect for any day of the week! It comes together in about 20 minutes and is very budget-friendly too, tallying in at around $20!

Additional sides you could include are baby spinach or steamed snow peas.

Ingredients

• 1 tbsp peeled, chopped fresh ginger
• 1 tbsp water
• 1 tsp ground cumin
• 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
• 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
• 4 cloves of garlic, minced
• 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
• 2 tsp olive oil
• 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
• 14 oz can of low sodium chicken broth
• 3/4 cup light coconut milk
• 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
• 1 lb frozen shelled medium shrimp – deveined and tails off
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
For serving:
• 2 cup cooked Basmati or brown rice
Garnish:
• 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
• additional red pepper flakes

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine first 6 ingredients. Add ¼ tsp black pepper, stir until well blended. Set the seasoning mixture aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add onion, cook 3 minutes stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the seasoning mixture that was set aside, cook 1 minute stirring frequently.
  4. Add broth, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes.
  5. Add coconut milk and lemon juice, simmer 2 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle shrimp with 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and salt.
  7. Add shrimp to the pan cooking 4-5 minutes stirring a few times, until no longer translucent, do not overcook.

Enjoy! Beijos Camila

Full recipe by Women of Today »


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August 2022 Newsletter

Teacher Training 2022

We were thrilled to be back in person in Los Angeles to host our annual Teacher Training!

Our jkl instructors from our forty-two programs gathered at the Marina Del Rey Hotel for meaningful conversations, shared best practices, discussed areas of need, and made renewed commitments of action! Our mindset has a powerful impact on how successful our programs can be and our amazing instructors are ready and excited to make the greatest impact on the lives of the students we serve.


Dodgers Summer College & Career Accelerator

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation held a Summer College and Career Accelerator event with the USC College Advising Corps.

Our Hunting Park just keep livin program brought some students out for a fun day in the sun at Dodger stadium. The students heard from first-generation college students and learned about their diverse college experiences.

The USC College Advising Corps team did a great job of answering questions, motivating students to get ready to apply for college, and provided fun breakout groups. The event ended with the students getting a chance to watch the afternoon Dodgers game against the Washington Nationals. Thank you, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, for an awesome summer day event!


Camila’s Tips: Honey Ginger Glazed Chicken and Carrots

This is one of those recipes that is great as an easy weekday meal, or can impress guests at a dinner party.

The flavor combinations in this Honey Ginger Glazed Chicken and Carrots bring together savory and sweet! A great tip for this recipe, if you have a cast iron skillet or the equivalent, you could easily make this a one pot / pan meal (who doesn’t love less clean up?!)

Ingredients

• 6-8 chicken thighs with bone in and skin on
• 2 tsp sea salt
• 2 tsp cumin
• 2 tsp chili powder
• 2 tsp smoked paprika
• 2 tsp garlic powder
• 1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
• 1/4 cup honey
• 2 tbsp cider vinegar
• 3 tbsp fresh minced ginger
• 6-8 whole carrots, peeled and cut into sticks (we used multicolor)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the salt, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder and cayenne pepper (optional). Stir to combine well and season the chicken with the rub on both sides.
  4. Place chicken in an ovenproof baking dish or in an ovenproof skillet (making this a one pot). Roast chicken in oven for 40 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F.
  5. Boil carrot sticks in salted water for about 10 minutes or until fork tender. Drain and set aside.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the honey, cider vinegar, and fresh minced ginger.
  7. After the 40 minutes, remove the chicken from the oven and brush with half of the honey ginger mixture and return to oven.
  8. Turn the temperature up to 475 degrees F and roast until the skin begins to crisp, about 5 minutes. Watch the chicken as it could brown quicker or take a little longer depending on your oven.
  9. Remove the chicken from the pan, place in serving dish and cover. If using an ovenproof skillet, place the skillet on top of your cooktop. Otherwise, transfer all the pan juices from the roasting pan to a skillet to finish off the carrots.
  10. Add the cooked carrots to the pan and add the remaining honey ginger glaze. Stir to combine over medium heat until carrots are glazed.
  11. Serve the chicken with the glazed carrots and brush any juices from the chicken on top.

Enjoy! Beijos Camila

Full recipe by Women of Today »


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July 2022 Newslettter

American Gun Responsibility- Uvalde

For the first time in 28 years, a meaningful piece of legislation has passed that can usher in a new era of building an American Culture of Gun Responsibility.

The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act Bill is a reasonable and holistic step towards addressing America’s gun violence epidemic.

This bill invests in mental health and protects responsible, law-abiding Americans’ Second Amendment rights, due process, and the rule of law.

For responsible gun owners, this bill does not take your guns away or restrict access to firearms.

This bill will save innocent lives by keeping guns out of the law-breaking and irresponsible hands that are trying to hijack the Second Amendment.

This bill is a responsible investment in the future of our country and in America’s greatest asset, our children.

This bill makes those whose lives have been needlessly cut short by gun violence matter.

This bill is about more responsible gun ownership in America.

The Uvalde tragedy ignited bipartisan conversations that created responsible actions by members from both parties. Members made the right and difficult choice — action — over the easy choice — inaction.

By coming together and finding a sensible balance, a bipartisan group of lawmakers passed a bill that will help solve a problem we all agree is unbearable.

While this bill isn’t perfect, it is a shining example of a great American potential and political virtue: the act of compromise and validating an opposing viewpoint.

This is a quintessential virtue of America, where two seemingly contradictory approaches to the same problem can be true at the same time, AND, when combined, actually reveal a more useful and powerful solution than either on its own.

America, the Land of And.

Where we have Freedom AND Responsibility, Rights AND Duties, Opportunity, AND Obligations.

Yes, we have a mental health issue in our country that we need to address, AND we need to create guardrails to keep guns out of irresponsible hands.

Both are true. Neither are mutually exclusive. The success of one even relies on our responsibility to the other.

This bill is an example of the bipartisan meeting of the minds and hearts that can lead us to reclaim true Democracy in America.

This bill is a representation and reminder that no single party is Democracy itself. No single party is America itself, AND no single party in American politics has the claim to independently own the values by which they define themselves.

Republicans and Democrats don’t have a license on the “values” they often posture themselves as owning. Values are free trade, there to share and bring to bear for all of us.

To heal and save our Democracy, we need to apply these same bipartisan efforts to countless other issues. Only then can we become the America we’re capable of becoming.

Now that the president has signed this bill into law, I want to remind all of us Americans that we cannot become complacent and wait on a piece of legislation to solve our problems.

We each have a call to action as well. This legislation gives us guardrails, but we cannot solely rely on it to be responsible for US. We have to be responsible for IT.

We each have a duty to protect our freedom AND our rights. We also each have an opportunity to make more responsible choices as we move forward. Ones that serve others AND ourselves. Let’s each and all have a look in the mirror and make those choices that are on us, and only us.

The choice to be the best parent or mentor possible.
The choice to get involved in the lives of others in our community.

The choice, as business leaders, to change policies in our workspaces to make them safer.

The choice, as gun owners, gun show organizers, and firearms manufacturers to bear, show, and sell arms responsibly. Now is the time to build our American Culture of Gun Responsibility – AND build a healthier nation by being more personally responsible families, neighbors, and business leaders.

We are each in a position to lead in this great country we call America: Where I have the freedom to be me, you have the freedom to be you, AND we all have a responsibility to be us.

Our government took a step in the right direction. Now it’s time for us to remind them AND ourselves what the best of our country is AND can be.

America, the Land of And.
Let’s go.

A native of Uvalde who now lives in Austin, McConaughey is founder of the just keep livin Foundation, and a father of three.

This article originally appeared on Austin American-Statesman


The community will need ongoing grief counseling and support on the long road ahead of them. Please just us to help the people of Uvalde, TX. 100% of your donations to the just keep livin Foundation’s Uvalde Relief Fund will support grief counseling, costs associated with burial services and other immediate and long-term needs of the community.


Los Angeles Field Day

We hosted our annual LA Field Day on June 1st where we hosted 100 students and staff! Field Day is an annual event for us to provide the opportunity for all of our jkl sites to come together to build community and participate together through physical activity and friendly competition. The day allows all of our students to be active and the event provides a roadmap for communication and team building!


Beach Day Has Returned

After a two-year Covid break, our annual Beach Day event with the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation was one to remember.

On Saturday, June 4, we brought over sixty Los Angeles just keep livin students to enjoy a day of fun in the sun at the world-famous El Porto surfer beach in Manhattan Beach, CA. Students had a chance to receive surf lessons to conquer the waves, boogie board with big smiles, and relax with some beach yoga.

We want to give a huge shout-out to the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation for being a great partner and for always getting volunteers for our event. Another shout-out to Rachel Miriam for creating and supplying custom beach towels and bags for all of the participants. Beach day is truly a magical experience, from seeing some students taking to the ocean for the first time and others with the biggest smiles and appreciation for the outdoors! 


Camila’s Tips: Red, White & Blue-berry Popsicles

Nothing says summer like popsicles, right? This recipe is a little different from your average popsicles…

First, it is coconut milk based, making the popsicles creamy and delicious. Second, it is gluten free, refined sugar free, nut free and vegan, making it almost allergy foolproof for anyone! These popsicles are a better-for-you way to enjoy a summer favorite.

Ingredients

· 1/4 c chopped organic strawberries
· 1/4 c organic blueberries
· 1 can light coconut milk
· 1 tsp agave nectar
· 1/8 tsp butterfly pea tea powder
· 6 unit popsicle mold

Directions

  1. Place avocado pieces in a large mixing bowl and gently mash
  2. Combine all the remaining ingredients in the bowl and gently stir to combine.
  3. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips and enjoy!

Enjoy! Beijos Camila

Full recipe by Women of Today »


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June 2022 Newsletter

Uvalde Tragedy – How to Help

just keep livin Foundation Founders Matthew and Camila McConaughey have been on the ground in Matthew’s hometown of Uvalde since the devastating mass shooting took place.

The loss is tragic. While the spirit of the community is in pain, the unanimous support of families to families and strangers to locals is beautiful. After the initial shock, the town has now begun the funerals and the grieving process, which will continue for the surviving children, families, and the entire community.

The community will need ongoing grief counseling and support on the long road ahead of them. Please just us to help the people of Uvalde, TX. 100% of your donations to the just keep livin Foundation’s Uvalde Relief Fund will support grief counseling, costs associated with burial services and other immediate and long-term needs of the community.


Spring Break Event hosted by City Year

Students from our Animo Inglewood JKL program were able to attend the 15th Annual Spring Break event hosted by City Year thanks to the wonderful donation of tickets by Palmer Murray. City Year celebrated 15 years of service to the students of Los Angeles at this annual fundraiser at the Sony Studios.


Seeds+Soil=Roots

A huge thank you to our partners at Roots Food Foundation and the Kevin Love Fund for donating garden kits to all of our jkl programs on Earth Day! We are grateful to be embarking on this garden journey collectively and watch our students enjoy their success with their harvests!


Camila’s Tips: Vegetable Frittata

If you haven’t made a frittata before then this is your chance to make a great one….

If you’re looking for something different, and haven’t tried a frittata before, then take a look at this beauty. If you are familiar with this dish and have made one before then you will absolutely love this Vegetable Frittata.

Ingredients

• 1 lb new potatoes, thinly sliced approximately 4 cups
• 8 oz fresh broccoli spears, 4” in length, approx. 2-1/2 cups
• 1 cup fresh or frozen peas, thawed
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 8 eggs
• 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
• 1/2 tsp dried thyme
• 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Place avocado pieces in a large mixing bowl and gently mash
  2. Combine all the remaining ingredients in the bowl and gently stir to combine.
  3. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips and enjoy!

Enjoy! Beijos Camila

Full recipe by Women of Today »


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May 2022 Newsletter

Mack, Jack & McConaughey 2022

Our team is still on a high from the BEST Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M) yet!

It was so much fun coming together with old and new friends to celebrate 10 years and to benefit our 5 wonderful MJM charities that empower kids: jklivin, Dell Children’s, Cure Duchenne, Heart Gift, and the Rise School of Austin. We kicked things off with the incredible Kenny Chesney headlining our Gala night (+ a WILD Live Auction!), then had a great Friday with a golf tournament and a beautiful Stella McCartney fashion show and luncheon presented by Neiman Marcus at the Q2 soccer stadium!

Friday night we wrapped things up with our special “Jack & Friends” Singer-Songwriter Concert featuring the amazing talents of Jack Ingram, Morgan Wade, Rodney Crowell, Lori McKenna, Jessi Alexander, Jon Randall and the Warren Brothers!  What a way to close out MJ&M 2022! Until next year, Austin!


JKL Camping Trip!

In partnership with the Harold Robinson Foundation, we took 90 of our Los Angeles JKL students on a 3 day camping!

The just keep livin Foundation understands the importance of providing a diverse set of recreational programs, including arts, enrichment and athletics, character-building, leadership development, and healthy living. There is no better place than out in nature to help build stronger relationships between students, parents and the community.

For many of our students, this is their first time out of the city and there could not be a more gorgeous and scenic place for them to enjoy than on the grounds of Camp Ubuntu. The vast acres of trees and the backdrop of the mountains is the perfect setting for our students to escape the daily stresses in their lives and find a peaceful retreat!

For many of our students, this is their first time out of the city and there could not be a more gorgeous and scenic place for them to enjoy than on the grounds of Camp Ubuntu. The vast acres of trees and the backdrop of the mountains is the perfect setting for our students to escape the daily stresses in their lives and find a peaceful retreat!


Volunteer Day with Baby2Baby

Our Fairfax JKL program had a rewarding experience volunteering at Baby2Baby in Culver City!

We are grateful that we had the opportunity to continue year after year to work with them. Baby2Baby is a nonprofit organization which provides diapers, clothes and other necessities for children in poverty in the Los Angeles area and in disaster areas across the country.


Camila’s Tips: Mango Avocado Guacamole

We’ve never met a guacamole recipe we didn’t love, and this one is no exception!

It also doesn’t get any easier than this recipe… Just combine all the prepped ingredients below and give it a good stir! This guacamole recipe is both sweet and savory, making it beyond flavorful.

Ingredients

• 1 avocado, peeled and diced
• 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
• 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (optional)
• 1 lime, juiced
• 1/4 cup red bell pepper finely diced If you like extra heat, you could use 1 red fresno pepper
• 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
• 1/4 cup red onion, finely diced sea salt to taste

Directions

  1. Place avocado pieces in a large mixing bowl and gently mash
  2. Combine all the remaining ingredients in the bowl and gently stir to combine.
  3. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips and enjoy!

Enjoy! Beijos Camila

Full recipe by Women of Today »


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April 2022 Newsletter

JKL Co-Founder Camila Alves McConaughey’s Children’s Book is Available Now!

The healthy eating advocate and founder of Women of Today just released her first book, Just Try One Bite, with co-author Adam Mansbach.

The book – already a New York Times Best Seller! – features a funny role reversal in which picky-eater parents are confronted by their children. Camila writes from experience, as a mom herself to Levi (13), Vida (12), and Livingston (9). “When you get older, it gets harder to kick bad habits,” adds Alves McConaughey. “Just Try One Bite is a fun way to teach those healthy habits early on.” Check out Just Try One Bite, on sale now!


JKL Partners with Roku On An Inspiring Career Panel

We had an amazing career panel for our just keep livin students from ROKU!

The panelists were diverse in their backgrounds as well as their job titles. In attendance for the panel we had Joel Teklu (Sr. Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs), Sonia Ben Hedia Twomey (Sr. Computational Linguist), Gretel Perera (Director, communication LATAM) and Kevin Kelly (Sr. Hardware Program Manager). Each Panelist shared great content on how they fell in love with the tech world and the appreciation they have for the environment ROKU is fostering.

We also had a little fun and talked about everyone’s favorite shows to stream and even took a step deeper by discussing what mental health looks like for people who work in the tech industry. Students asked great questions ranging from “Are tech boot camps worth it?” to “Why do you like to work for ROKU?” to “What does a normal day look like in the various roles?” It also displayed to our students that if you have a passion for something, you can make a career out of it and thrive even if your path isn’t linear or as obvious as the world might make it seem. There are many avenues and none of them are wrong, just different! We look forward to our continued partnership with ROKU.


Cleveland JKL Students Enjoy an Array of Guest Speakers

Congresswoman and John Adams alum Shontell Brown was a returning guest speaker for our JKL program at John Adams High School in Cleveland.

She graduated from John Adams with our former instructor Ms. Rembert. While at John Adams, she received the Mayors support in her congressional re-election bid. JKL student Linell Mills read her bio for the event! They both talked about rebuilding the community and making it better for those after them. It is never too late to learn and we can help build a great community regardless of your age. 

Kat Frey, Founder and President of Oxygen Coaching Group was another wonderful guest speaker for our JKL program at John Adams High School! Kat spoke about “making the table bigger,” which she explained is about networking and bringing people into your life that can help you on many levels. She also encouraged the students to find three things to be grateful for everyday and not to let anyone take away from those things.

Kat also shared eight things to focus on every day; family support, positive friends, mentors, healthy activities, generosity, spirituality, physical health, and mental health. At the conclusion, the students discussed from those eight themes, what meant the most to them and what makes each of them the happiest.


just keep livin Students Give Back in Los Angeles

Students from our Huntington Park just keep livin program partnered with National League of Young Men to host a community service day benefitting Uplift Family Services at Hollygrove.

Uplift Family Services is one of the largest, most comprehensive behavioral health treatment providers in California. Each year, they do whatever it takes to help more than 35,000 children and family members manage and recover from challenges stemming from prior trauma—such as severe neglect and abuse—and learn the essential life skills they need to be successful at home, at school, and in their community. 

Students helped clean out sheds, organize donations, clean the dining hall, pool area and much more so they can welcome their students and families back for summer camp.


Camila’s Tips: Better For You French Onion Soup

This Better For You French Onion Soup is savory, slightly sweet, and extremely satisfying.

Most of these ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen or maybe you’ll just need to go pick up one or two things to pull it together.

Ingredients

• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 2 tbsp butter
• 2 red onions, sliced thin
• 2 yellow onions, sliced thin
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 1/2 cup sherry or white wine
• 1.5 quarts beef or chicken stock
• 2 bay leaves
• French bread slices
• Clove of garlic, peeled
• Gruyere or Munster cheese, shredded.

GARNISH SUGGESTIONS
• Sliced green onions
• Chopped parsley

Directions

  1. Over medium heat, combine olive oil and butter and heat until butter is melted.
  2. Add all the sliced onion and stir well. Season with sea salt, cover, and cook until onions are reduced, soft and translucent. This is an important step because you do not want firm onions when you serve your soup.
  3. Add the sherry or wine to the cooked onions and simmer for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the stock and the bay leaves and simmer for 25 minutes.
  5. Toast the sliced French bread, then rub the raw clove of garlic a few times across the French bread.
  6. Place each slice of French bread on a baking sheet, add the desired amount of shredded cheese on top of French bread and broil until the cheese is melted. About 1-2 minutes.
  7. Ladle the soup into serving bowls and top each bowl with a slice or two of toasted melted cheese bread.
  8. Garnish with chopped parsley or green onion tops.

Serve with sour cream on the side if desired.

Enjoy! Beijos Camila

Full recipe by Women of Today »


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March 2022 Newsletter

Black History Month

This year, for Black History Month, we hosted two guest speakers who are trailblazers in the field of poetry and academics!

Our first guest speaker was David “Judah 1” Oliver, who is the first poet laureate of the city of Pomona in Los Angeles. Judah took us on a journey of passionate poetry reading to break down the makings of his poetry career and community contribution.

Next we had Dr. D.D. Clayborne, who opened our eyes to a few notable black historical sports figures that came before Jackie Robinson. Our students learned about the life of Fritz Pollard, the first African American coach and player in the NFL, Major Taylor, a record-setting professional cyclist, and the first African American heavyweight boxer, Jack Johnson. It is always great to bring new resources and information to our just keep livin students!


Austin Marathon 2022

We wanted to give a shout out to all of our Austin JKL programs for participating in the Austin Marathon on Sunday, February 20th!

Whether you helped pass out water at the Aid Station or completed the 5k or half marathon, we are so proud of our staff and students for representing!

Thank you also to Kyle Buckley and Cynthia Bernard who fundraised for us and ran (Kyle, the full Marathon, and Cynthia, the 5K) in honor of JKL!


Thank You Gilly Hicks

We’re so grateful to Gilly Hicks, an Abercrombie & Fitch brand, for generously donating over 200 sports bras for us to distribute to our just keep livin afterschool programs!

It’s so important for our students to have proper attire when working out and these sports bras are such high quality! These smiling faces tell you everything you need to know about how much we appreciate them!


Camila’s Tips: Easy Grilled Potatoes

It’s super simple to make, and you probably have all the ingredients in your refrigerator!

You can boil the potatoes in advance, so they are ready to go when you’re ready to grill — Making them a wonderful addition to your weeknight meals. This side dish is also very budget-friendly!

Ingredients

• 6 small Russet or baking potatos, scrubbed well
• 1/2 cup sea salt
• 3 tbsp butter, melted
• 3 green onions, finely sliced sour cream for serving (optional

Directions

  1. In a 6-quart pot over medium heat, add the olive oil, chopped jalapeno peppers, diced red onion, cumin, chili In a large pot that will comfortably fit the potatoes, add enough water to cover the potatoes and add ½ cup of sea salt.
  2. Boil the potatoes until just fork tender.
  3. Remove potatoes from water and set aside. (They can be cooled and refrigerated for later grilling at this point). Some of the salt will dry onto the skin of the potato and you might notice it has a white cast. This will add extra flavor to the skin.
  4. Let potatoes cool enough to handle and then slice in half, lengthwise.
  5. Just before grilling, brush the flesh side of the potato with melted butter and place on the grill flesh side down. Depending on the heat of your grill, grill long enough to get grill marks and then flip over to grill the skin side. Approximately 2-3 minutes on each side.
  6. Remove from grill, plate, and sprinkle the sliced green onions over all the potatoes.

Serve with sour cream on the side if desired.

Enjoy! Beijos Camila

Full recipe by Women of Today »


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February 2022 Newsletter

Thank You Acteev by Ascend Materials for Our New Favorite Masks

We were thrilled when Acteev by Ascend Materials reached out wanting to provide our students with effective, comfortable, anti-microbial masks to help them stay safe while staying fit!

Acteev, a Houston-based materials technology company, is donating over 1,000 quality, workout-friendly masks to our programs all across the country to help us stay active despite the ongoing mask mandates.

They recently visited our JKL program at Cesar Chavez High School in Houston to personally hand out masks to our students there, which also gave us the chance to properly thank them for their generosity. Acteev wants to help students like ours reach their health and fitness goals this year and having access to masks like these is crucial in keeping programs like ours going.


The Ving Project

The Ving Project in conjunction with the just keep livin foundation gives high school teens the opportunity to be a blessing to a community member in need.

Hanna Collins, a 10th grade student at Pinkston High School was selected and she surprised her nominee, Mrs. Esparaza Garcia with a check for $1000.00. Through VING, teens have an opportunity to give an individual in need an encouraging boost by surprising them with $1,000.


Backpacks, Hoodies and Sneakers Event in Dallas

We are so grateful to Dak Prescott’s Faith Fight Finish Foundation for including our JKL Dallas students in the “Backpack, Hoodies and Sneakers” event!

Faith Fight Finish Foundation and NEX Metropolitan, alongside Blackout Training Group hosted an event bringing youth, community leaders and law enforcement together. Discussions were had to empower and educate young men about the influences of backpacks, hoodies and sneakers in our community from a mentoring and law enforcement perspective. Huge thanks to the Jordan Brand for generously donating some awesome shoes, backpacks and hoodies to all youth at the event!


On a Quest

Thank you so much to our friends at Quest Nutrition for donating over 400 of their delicious snack bars to our JKL students at Sunset HS in Dallas!

Quest’s mission is to make the foods you crave work for you, not against you – we love that! They have been a generous supporter of ours for several years now, and these bars help give our students energy to get through their workouts. We’re so grateful!


Camila’s Tips: Easy Turkey Chili

Looking for a super easy, healthy, and tasty side dish for your dinner table?

We tried this in the WOT Test Kitchen a couple of months ago and have been making this dish on our regular rotation ever since. Give it a try and we promise this one will become a regular in your kitchen too.

Ingredients

• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
• 1 small red onion, diced
• 1 tsp cumin
• 2 tbsp chili powder
• 1 tbsp smoked paprika
• 1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
• 1 pound ground turkey (93% lean, 7% fat)
• 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
• 1 28oz can of diced tomatoes with juice
• 1/2 tsp sea salt

GARNISH OPTIONS:
• avocado slices
• jalapeno slices
• cilantro, chopped
• shredded cheese
• sour cream
• green onion
• lime wedges

Directions


  1. In a 6-quart pot over medium heat, add the olive oil, chopped jalapeno peppers, diced red onion, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika and cayenne (optional). Simmer for approximately 10 minutes until the onions and peppers soften.
  2. Add the ground turkey and cook through and broken apart into small pieces.
  3. Add the drained black beans, diced tomatoes, and salt. Stir and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes. Taste and ass more salt or pepper if needed.
  4. Ladle into bowls and top with any of your favorite garnishes and serve.

Enjoy! Beijos Camila

Full recipe by Women of Today »


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