JESSE LEWIS CHOOSE LOVE MOVEMENT, INC.

Newtown, CT   |  chooselovemovement.org

Mission

Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement™ is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a mission 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. We do this in honor of Jesse and to spread the message he left on his family’s kitchen chalkboard shortly before he died – “Nurturing, Healing Love.” Founder, Scarlett Lewis has personally dedicated her life’s work to sharing Jesse’s message to make a positive impact on our world and by supporting the efforts of increasing the awareness and benefits of SEL by “Choosing Love.”

Ruling year info

2013

Founder and Chief Movement Officer

Scarlett Lewis

Main address

PO Box 605

Newtown, CT 06470 USA

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EIN

46-1931751

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Choose Love Enrichment Program

The Choose Love Enrichment ProgramTM is a no cost Pre-K through 12th grade social and emotional learning program that teaches educators and their students how to choose love in any circumstance and helps them become connected, resilient, and empowered individuals. These skills, tools and attitudes have been proven through decades of scientific research to be the best way to ensure a healthy, meaningful and purpose-filled life.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students with good social and leadership skills and self-discipline

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Choose Love Enrichment Program

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Choose Love Enrichment Program has been downloaded more than 40,000 times and has impacted more than 1.7 million students.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The world has never needed love and compassion more than we do now. Our objective is to ensure that every child has the opportunity to benefit from an SEL curriculum. Our goal is to help make sure that all of our children are fully equipped and empowered to choose love. We aim to provide every young person with the tools necessary to change angry thoughts into caring thoughts. Ultimately, we believe this is the answer to ensuring that what happened at Newtown does not happen again.

The Foundation will be a central place for educators and individuals to access videos, individual courses and programs, proprietary and other compiled from existing programs. Our web-based method of dissemination will be offered for free, is easily accessible, and readily available for every classroom and home. Children and adults will be able to learn from tools that promote a peaceful, loving and happy way of life and then follow through with civic action oriented activities and programs that encourage them to use the concepts they've learned in real life situations and gain confidence in outcomes that positively impact others.

Over the course of two years, the Foundation worked with educators and youth development experts from across the country to develop our programmatic materials.

Additionally, the JLCLF has established ongoing partnerships and collaborations with some of the most effective proponents of SEL in the US with decades of research and experience, including:
Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
Charter for Compassion
Committee for Children
HeartMath
MindUp, The Hawn Foundation
Mission Be, a 9/11 Initiative
Yale's Ruler Program

We are proud to receive support from the Novo Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation.

We've developed a comprehensive SEL-based program, the Choose Love Enrichment Program. The Foundation has partnered and aligned with educators, funders, partners, schools, community groups, and other organizations to launch the program in 2016.

Financials

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JESSE LEWIS CHOOSE LOVE MOVEMENT, INC.

Board of directors
as of 7/16/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lt. General Martin Steele

Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation

Term: 2017 -

Christopher Kukk

Western Connecticut State University

Nicolas Ortner

The Tapping Solution

Dan Anderson

Merill Lynch

Martin Steele

USMC

Vince Benevento

Causeway Collaborative

Jane Hunt Meade

NorthWest Arkansas Community Foundation

Scarlett Lewis

Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation

Dawn Brolin

Powerful Accounting

Robert Haines

MasterCard Advisors

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/14/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.