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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation (JLCLF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a commitment to reach students, educators and individuals, nationally and internationally, and provide them with a simple, yet profound formula for choosing love. Before six-year-old Jesse Lewis was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, he wrote a message on his family's kitchen chalkboard: "Nurturing Healing Love". The words “nurturing" and “healing" are a part of the definition of compassion across almost all cultures and being loved is a basic human need. Inspired by Jesse's words, his mother Scarlett Lewis founded the organization in order to share his message that we can choose love over anger, gratitude over entitlement, empathy over hate, and forgiveness and compassion over bitterness. The JLCLF's goal is to create a more peaceful and loving world through planting these seeds of wisdom and teaching others how to choose love.

Results: In 2016, after two years of developing a comprehensive Social and Emotional Learning-based curriculum with educators and other experts in the field of youth develpment and compassion-based learning, the JLCLF will launch our Choose Love Enrichment Program (CLEP). CLEP will be offered online and internationally to educators and communities at no cost. The Foundation will provide the platform to reach every school, every child, every family, and every community around the globe. We expect to have a positive impact on the climate in schools and to promote a host of academic, social, and emotional benefits for individual students. Ultimately, CLEP will increase a child's health and general well being and will lead to a happier and more successful and peaceful life.

Target demographics: Students, young people, adults, educators, and communities.

Geographic areas served: International!

Programs: Our Choose Love Enrichment Program (CLEP) is a Pre-K through 12th grade curriculum, which contains the universal teachings of courage, gratitude, forgiveness and compassion in action - the foundational concepts of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). CLEP will help children and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy and compassion for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. The JLCLF will offer CLEP online to educators and others at no cost. Offering CLEP and its enrichment materials for free will mean that no one will be denied access to this life-changing resource based on financial ability or economic status.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Something that is so absent in the school systems, yet such a huge part of social learning, how to choose a loving thought over a negative thought, or a hateful thought. It is so simple and yet so powerful. You can change your day, your week, your life, by just choosing loving thoughts. This is something that is SO important that our children learn how to do. I would be honored to have this program in my child's school and hope this foundation gets the support it deserves to do so.

3 kelleyoshiro

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Choosing Love, simple enough I thought. And so I started espousing the idea to everyone I could through social media and within my daily life. And then I realized I had to walk the talk, and that's when my world changed profoundly, for I always believed in love, but to choose it every day, consciously in every choice! The response from others, it opens up an unexpected world of vulnerability and kindness and forgiveness and gratitude and courage from places within yourself and from others that is truly life altering. I now work directly with the non-profit, implementing their SEL program in schools in Hawaii and talking and sharing the Choose Love Movement whenever and wherever I can because I believe it can change the world and build peace for our future generations...this is the power of choosing love. Simple enough.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The message of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation is so simple, and that's what makes it so powerful. Jesse and Scarlett and JT Lewis each have their own powerful story of courage that resonates so deeply and touches your heart and makes you want to make yourself and your community and your world a better place. What's not to love?

2 Mishy Lesser

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The work of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation is essential especially now as students seek the skills to stand for compassion and understanding rather than hostility and blame. The foundation's emphasis on social and emotional learning as an antidote to blame and demonization is the tonic our society and schools need to move to a better place. The organization deserves considerable recognition and support.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every school can benefit from this beautiful program. 2 of my grandchildren at two different schools in Columbus, Oh have witnessed forms of bullying, and I have asked my daughters (their Moms) to suggest to the school officials that they implement the Choose Love program at these schools. I feel it can do wonders!

2 Lynn119

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Scarlet and JT Lewis are love and forgiveness missionaries! They received Serenity Awards in West Hartford in September of 2016, and inspired us with their courage and devotion to spreading the Jessie Lewis Choose Love Movement everywhere. Their mission is the hope of the world!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

jesse lewis choose love,what more needs to be said,love this site

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is such an amazing foundation. What is more important than love? Much needed in this selfish world.

3 Myriam H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Yes to positive, peaceful change through education!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Scarlett Lewis and her son J.T. have demonstrated the POWER of choosing love in their example to the Sandy Hook community, the greater Newtown, CT community, our country and this world. I have personally experienced the effect of the hugeness of their combined hearts. Thank you Scarlett and J.T. for your continued inspiration.

4 Brooke17

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a education professional who has been working with children for 20 years I can say with much confidence that the Choose Love program is much needed. The simple message it teaches has a huge ripple effect around the world. We want children to grow up to be the best they can be, both inside and outside. Courage+Gratitude+Forgiveness+Compassion!!!