Our Impact

“Through the JKL program, I met a group of leaders who have become my support system. just keep livin is a place where bonds can be established and as the years go by, the fact that gratitude has played such a big part in our lives has shaped us into the people we will become.”

— Alyssa

“During JKL, I would remind myself of my goal to cherish my two hours away from home. During an emotionally tumultuous time, I was able to escape. just keep livin is and will always be my home away from home and I am eternally grateful for it.”

— Maggie

“Since joining the program I have started being more involved at the school and I am playing sports now as I am more confident than I was before. I recently joined the track team and gained the confidence to try out because of jkl. I would tell anyone who is looking for a group that will help give you confidence in yourself, they need to join just keep livin.”

— Renzell

“jkl taught me what I was missing – the importance of eating right, setting and achieving personal goals, and experiencing the world outside of Southeast DC.”

— Earl

just keep livin inspired me to give back to my community, so I’ve begun to volunteer at an animal shelters and donate blood. My parents are thrilled with the transformation I’ve had. The program encourages us to set goals for ourselves and to reach for those goals. Although others might disagree, no dream is too big or small at just keep livin.”

— Jackie from Hamilton

just keep livin has motivated me like nothing else has. As you can see, I’m a big girl, and exercise is not always easy for me. However, just keep livin taught and continues to teach me that there are a lot of different ways to exercise that are fun and possible for any body type to achieve. Plus, I know that my just keep livin friends will support and encourage me, rather than tease me.”

— Cheese from Pinkston

“I would just eat all the time and I never cared about exercise. My health got worse and I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. It brought me down mentally and my parents weren’t able to motivate me enough to do anything about it. I finally found the motivation when I joined the just keep livin program.”

— Graci from Warren Easton

“I have a goal of finishing a 10K, and I was able to conquer half that distance recently by running in a 5K race with JKL. My mom even drove out to support me! I never thought I could accomplish a race like this. JKL is my safe haven and I am thankful to have them as my exercise family”

— Katelyn from Animo Inglewood