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:
2. Text-to-Give: Text TEXAS to 20222 to donate $10 at any time throughout the remainder of 2021.
3. Purchase a Limited Edition JKL Texas Relief Fund Custom Guitar T-shirt. 100% of the profits will go to the just keep livin Texas Relief Fund.
View the “We’re Texas” Virtual Benefit Concert, streaming on Matthew’s YouTube channel until April 20th, 2021, and click the donate button to contribute.
Anacostia hosts guest speaker Lawrence Sidbury Jr.
NFL Veteran, philanthropist, and founder of the Zero Limitations Foundation, Lawrence Sidbury Jr., spoke to 50 of our just keep livin students at Anacostia High School.
Mr. Sidbury shared about his time in the NFL and life after retirement from the league in 2018. He now owns his own trucking business and started the Zero Limitations Foundation. He reminded the kid to “Know No Limits” and follow their dreams. His mom is an Anacostia alumni and the students were truly so excited and grateful to hear from another dynamic speaker!
What Are You Grateful For?
Hear from our just keep livin students…
“I am grateful for my decision to eat healthier and for meeting new friends in JKL.”
– Ashley, Sunset HS, Dallas
“I am grateful to start JKL this week I am excited to see where this journey will take me, and I can’t wait to be back on campus.”
– Destiny, Fairfax HS, Los Angeles
“I am grateful for JKL for always providing insightful and thought provoking sessions.”
– Cam, Venice HS, Los Angeles
Camila’s Tips: Fruity Rolls
Serving clean snacks to your kids does not need to be hard!
I really try to avoid serving my kids processed foods whenever possible … This recipe a great snack that I make for them, that I can feel good about. These fruit rolls are so easy to do, and I put chia seeds in the recipe to add in some additional nutrition and protein. Have fun with this recipe! It works with a lot of different fruits, I just happen to love mango!
2 ¼ cup diced Mango (or preferred fruit)
1tsp chia seeds ( adds omega 3’s and fiber and a little protein)
In a blender or food processor make a smooth paste with the mango.
Add in the teaspoon of Chia Seeds Spread mixture thin and even onto a silpat or parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Place in a 175* oven for 2-3 hours. Watch it carefully and look for a slightly dry surface with just browning edges. Once cooled cut off edges to get an even rectangle and cut into long one inch wide strips and roll!
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.