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Review for Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement , Newtown, CT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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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.

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Review for Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement , Newtown, CT, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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!

Role:  Donor