October 2019 Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Chelsea, Hamilton High School, Los Angeles


Our Alum Chelsea has come full circle! She started her jkl journey 6 years ago at our jkl program at Hamilton High school in Los Angeles.
Chelsea recently graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in criminal justice. She is currently applying to Law schools around the country and is ready to lead the way for the jkl program at HOLA (Heart of Los Angeles) were she is the After School Programs coordinator. Chelsea is looking forward to bringing creative fitness activities, helping with self-esteem and encouraging the students to achieve their goals! While in college, Chelsea developed a passion for youth rights and wants to be a child advocate lawyer. She explained, “I want to bring equal and fair rights to the courtroom and be a voice for the youth.” We are so proud of Chelsea’s and excited to see her in action with the HOLA jkl program.


TKC and JKL Unite in Austin


On Sunday, September 22nd, all four of our Austin jkl programs partnered with the Kindness Campaign for a joint event at Akins High School!
Through our partnership with TKC, the students participated in 4 activations with a focus of using kindness as the central tool that centered on self-image, emotional awareness, empathy, and community. We are so grateful to the entire team at The Kindness Campaign for providing such a powerful and positive experience for our students!
For more information about The Kindness Campaign – visit www.tkckindness.org


Carter Balloon Release


On September 11th, our jkl program at Carter High School in Dallas showed their gratitude for all the fallen victims of the 9/11 attacks with a balloon release during their gratitude circle.
They also paid respect to victims of the El Paso shooting while recognizing all the mass shootings that have been happening in our country. Each balloon that was released represented a color of awareness. The blue balloons represented the death of Police Officers and Firemen in the line of duty. During the release, students said prayers, spoke of unity within the jkl program and wished for a positive change in America.


Helping Our Students Succeed in the Game of Life

Our just keep livin students at North East High School in Austin were thrilled to receive a donation that will help them succeed not only on the playing field but in the game of life, as well!
One of our supporters, Lee Silber, an author and motivational speaker, was going to be participating in a conference in Austin and wanted to tie in a charitable component to his conference participation. He came up with the idea of sending “sports equipment with a message” to jkl teens.
He had the conference attendees write “life advice” and positive messages of encouragement and support on the football, basketballs and volleyballs. We were so touched by this creative and impactful donation!

Beller Nutrition Recipe of the Month

Fresh Tomato Tango

Rachel Beller MS, RDN
Like other fruits— yes fruits!— tomatoes are not only best when they are in season, but they are cheaper too! Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, providing an amazing 28% of the recommended daily amount. They also contain lycopene and beta carotene, two antioxidants known for their health benefits ranging from heart health to protection against the progression of certain types of cancers. The recipe can be prepared as the perfect side to any meal or eaten as a stand alone snack you can have on a warm, lazy day! Either way, tomatoes are a juicy, sweet addition to any day!
Makes: 2 servings
• 4 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half
• ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
• Sea salt and pepper, to taste
1. In a small bowl, combine tomatoes and basil.
2. Drizzle olive oil and vinegar over tomato basil mixture and add salt to taste.


Camila’s Tips


First, you bring a group of people together for a dinner. You can have a potluck, or take turns hosting. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate — Just a meal where you all sit down together and enjoy. Each dinner guest comes to the meal with two things: First, a donation. It can be any amount (whatever they are able to do). Second, each person comes with a donation destination in mind. It might be a neighbor down the street who is struggling to pay for child care, or someone they know who is going through medical treatment … It can be any situation that speaks to your heart!
As the dinner goes on, you all talk about who you think in your community could use a little extra help. At the end of the dinner, you all take a vote on where you think the money collected that night should go.
More Info on Women of Today »
Camila on IGTV Explaining the Dinners »


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