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Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation

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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.

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22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Melissa124

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

#MyGivingStory

I give because there is an epidemic of a lack of human connection, empathy, kindness, caring, concern, and love in our world. If we ever needed a formula for choosing love, it's now. I am a donor, volunteer, advocate, and supporter of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement because it provides the solution to so many of our global problems.

Scarlett Lewis' 6-year-old son, Jesse, was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012. Jesse was hailed as a hero that day ' when the shooter stopped to reload his weapon, Jesse yelled to his classmates to run. His courageous and loving actions inside the school saved 9 of his friends.

Several days after his death, Scarlett returned to their family home to retrieve Jesse's clothes for his funeral. It was then that she noticed a message Jesse wrote earlier on their kitchen chalkboard: "Nurturing Healing Love". The words 'nurturing" and 'healing" are a part of the definition of compassion across almost all cultures. Being loved is a basic human need. Jesse's words helped Scarlett realize her life's mission ' to teach others how to use Jesse's formula to choose love in any situation. Jesse's killer acted on an angry thought in his head. Scarlett believes that had the young man been given the support and tools to change that rage into a loving thought, this tragedy may never have happened.

Inspired by Jesse's words and courage, Scarlett founded the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement whose mission is to ensure that every child has access to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in their classrooms and to help facilitate this teaching within their families, schools and communities. SEL teaches children life skills that result in resilience, emotional intelligence, moral awareness and personal responsibility and is the single most powerful proactive mental health initiative there is. It has been proven to reduce current and future mental health issues, behavioral issues, incarceration rates, depression, stress, anxiety, suicide, and violence.

Anger and violence affect our entire global population ' every gender, age group, socio-economic bracket, race, religion, and culture. The good news is these negative life experiences and horrific tragedies are preventable. The solution is human connection, resilience and learning how to choose love.

The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Enrichment Program (CLEP) helps teach this. It's a Pre-K through 12th grade curriculum, which contains the universal teachings of courage, gratitude, forgiveness and compassion in action. The program is offered for free to all educators (online at www.JesseLewisChooseLove.org), which means that no one will be denied access to this life-changing and life-saving resource based on financial ability or economic status. Ultimately, Scarlett hopes that by teaching others how to Choose Love, we as a society will ensure that what happened at Sandy Hook never happens again.

Review from #MyGivingStory

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation is an amazing organization and Founder Scarlett Lewis is an inspiration to all. She has taken an unspeakable and unbearable tragedy and turned into a catalyst for positive change in our society and throughout the world. She shares her son Jesse’s message of "Nurturing Healing Love" with impact and grace. I’m proud to support the organization and to help share Jesse’s message that we can all choose love!

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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.

2

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!

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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!

3

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!!!

3 Patty68

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

After teaching for more than a decade, I chose to leave the classroom to focus on sharing SEL and wellness resources with teachers and young people. Since I have devoted my life to this work, I can honestly say that there are no other non-profit organizations sharing better content or a more powerful message of hope and love than Jesse Lewis Choose Love. Their new Choose Love Enrichment program should be in every school on the planet and I am going to do my part to share their work through my platform and during my trainings because our we all deserve to feel safe, nurtured and loved.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With the simplest of mantras, choose love, the foundation has turned an unfathomable tragedy into a means of improving our world. Integrating that phrase and perspective through education is intended to manifest the concept of love conquering all. Not only does it honor Jesse, it allows his spirit to live on through all of the other children who learn to choose love. A wonderful, meaningful, and purposeful organization!

2 Andrea137

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The message of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation is so very powerful. 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. It touches my heart and makes me want to make myself, my family, my community and the world a better place.

3 Tony59

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This foundation is an important piece to changing this world. You see, it has come to pass that the only way to evolve is to choose love.

3 Scott134

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This foundation is helping children learn about behavior's that can be changed through action and love. It also is providing scholarship to kids who otherwise would not be able to go college... I fully support this group and I hope you will as well !!!!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just finished your book, Nurturing Healing Love! WOW! Thank you for raising such an amazing son and sharing him with me. I was so inspired by your words and the message of LOVE and FORGIVENESS! Teaching this message to kids will help the world to be a much more loving and compassionate place.

4 Carolina M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I choose Love too
In Mendoza , Argentina we follow the foundation And the activities. Is the best way to teach Love And compasion
Thank you

4 Amy_256

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The foundation and motivation behind the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation, is love, healing and forgiveness. Working within the community and especially within the school system, Scarlett has worked to create a way for educators to incorporate this into their daily teaching. Helping children, and adults, form a different attitude towards one another that is grounded in love, hope, healing and forgiveness. She and JT have created change all over this country and around the world and have been an example of how to reach out to others who are hurting and offer them love, hope and forgiveness even when they themselves were hurting. They create workshops within communities and have reached as far as Africa with their message of choosing love and forgiveness. To choose love is indeed the greatest thing any of us can do on a daily basis. Because love never ends as Scarlett will tell you and I firmly agree. It just goes on and on. It is healing. Scarlett's book, Nurturing Healing Love, changed me. It moved my soul into a different place and really allowed me to believe that love is the remedy. I know Jesse. I think of him often and smile at the things I know about him just from reading her book. He inspires me. Jesse will forever remind me to have a lot of fun! If you are hoping and wishing for a change in your school or community where love and healing is incorporated into your daily life, Scarlett, Jesse and JT will guide you and show you ways to do it. They will move you to love. You'll be kept up to date on the website about changes within the government and policies concerning things such as gun control. You will see examples of how schools and communities are choosing love and ways you can do the same in your own community. Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation is a resource and reminder for me every day to.....choose love. Thanks Jesse!

4 Sheree H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Nobody has done more for this cause than the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation. Scarlett Lewis has taken a personal devastating tragedy and shown us all what the power of choosing love can do. I will continue to stand behind her and this foundation and share their mission to ignite and inspire real change. She inspires me every day to make a difference by choosing love, together we can change the world, truly only love will.