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.
• 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
• avocado slices
• jalapeno slices
• cilantro, chopped
• shredded cheese
• sour cream
• green onion
• lime wedges
- 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.
- Add the ground turkey and cook through and broken apart into small pieces.
- 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.
- Ladle into bowls and top with any of your favorite garnishes and serve.
– Enjoy! Beijos Camila
Swag of The Month
NEW Alright Beanie
You will look more than “ALRIGHT” in this 100% acrylic made in the USA knit beanie. On the front you have the iconic phrase embroidered on the cuff in red, white and blue along with knit-in white stars and red stipes. The back is plain navy.