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About Scarlett Lewis

Scarlett Lewis founded the nonprofit Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement after her son was murdered during the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in December 2012.  After his death, Scarlett became part of the solution to the issues that we’re seeing in our society—and that also caused the tragedy. She created the Movement and became an advocate for social and emotional learning (SEL) and character development that teaches children how to manage their emotions, feel connected, and have healthy relationships. Speaking across the US and internationally to diverse audiences, Scarlett urges everyone to become part of the solution.

Scarlett created the Choose Love for Schools Program, a no-cost, comprehensive, lifespan, next generation SEL and character development program that teaches children and adults how to thoughtfully respond with love in any situation, handle adversity, and have courageous conversations by using the Choose Love Formula of: Courage + Gratitude + Forgiveness + Compassion-in-Action = Choosing Love. Choose Love has been extended into homes, communities, athletics, and the workplace. The programs have been accessed in all 50 states and 100 countries, reaching more than 1.9 million children. Learn more at ChooseLoveMovement.org and join the Movement to help make the world a more loving, and peaceful place.

To learn more about Scarlett and the Movement, download the full bio.

Scarlett is available for keynotes, workshops & professional development.

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Photos Courtesy of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement and Terry Lee Cafferty.

About Jesse Lewis

About Jesse Lewis

Jesse McCord Lewis was an amazing child, full of light and love that was unmistakable in his presence. He brought joy to the world with his infectious and radiant smile. He was smart and compassionate beyond his years.

Jesse died bravely on December 14th, 2012, trying to lead other children to safety during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. He ran into the hallway to help when he heard the shots. He shouted out to his classmates to run and was able to save 9 lives before losing his own. He was six years old. 

He left behind a message of “Nurturing Healing Love” on his family’s kitchen chalkboard. The message is phonetically spelled because Jesse was in first grade and just learning how to write. The profound message serves as comfort for his family and inspiration for the world to be better and love harder. He also left behind a sweet note to his older brother, reminding us all to “Have a lot of fun!”

Fun Facts About Jesse

Favorite Toys:
Rubber Ducks and Toy Soldiers 
Favorite Things To Do:
Painting with mom and protecting his family
Favorite Color:
Turquoise
Favorite Singer:
Justin Bieber

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Quotes

You can't always choose what happens to you, but you can ALWAYS choose how you respond. You can respond in love!

Courage is being kind and gentle, doing the right thing when no one is looking, and thoughtfully responding to a reactive situation.

Love is the most powerful force in the universe, a want and need that connects every human being on the planet.

If we can teach our children that they have the power to choose a loving thought over an angry thought, we can create a more peaceful world.

I decided to be part of the solution to the issues that we’re seeing in our society—and that also caused the tragedy. I became an advocate for social and emotional learning that teaches children how to manage their emotions, feel connected, and have healthy relationships.

Books

Scarlett's Books

Scarlett’s emotional and inspiring memoir takes you through her journey of losing her son in the Sandy Hook tragedy and how she found the courage through her son’s three words (nurturing healing love) to live a life of love, positivity, and fearlessness. 

This children’s book, complete with Scarlett’s own photographs, tells the poignant story of a beloved horse and her newborn foal.

Books Featuring Scarlett

Scarlett’s chapter, “Healing Love,” shares the story of how she lost her son in a horrific tragedy and was able to overcome the pain and anger and experience healing through forgiveness.

 

In Lady Gaga’s New York Times bestseller, Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community,  Scarlett tells her story of how she created a worldwide Movement to Choose Love and encourages everyone to be kind, be grateful, to forgive, and uncover the courage we all have within us.

In The Media

Interviews

Today Show

CBS News

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Chief Operating Officer

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Editorial & Marketing Strategist

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Web & Social Content Manager

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Testimonials

Scarlett, you define bravery and kindness...Your movement will save lives, and honor one very, very special one. Please visit the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement to join Scarlett's mission to help the world live love a little better, every day.

- Lady Gaga

This is the most comprehensive and age appropriate program I've encountered in my 23 years of teaching. Our kids are missing empathy and it's beautiful to see them build this skill! Thank you!

- Educator, NC

Through choosing love I learned how one good decision can lead to a bright path. One smile can save a life. That life can save another. Two grows to four, four to eight, eight to sixteen, and so on. I learned by choosing love that one person can create a chain reaction to make a positive impact on the world.

- Student at a hish-risk school, CT

I've been a counselor for 40 years, and I've never presented anything more important to the kids than this. This is by far the best thing I've ever done for them.

- School Counselor, NH

I'm so grateful to have met Scarlett, to be able to have her in my book, and to be able to learn from her because she's such an incredibly wise and inspiring person. All the work that she's done since losing her son, Jesse, is so admirable and is making the world a better place. It's changing the future for our children.

- Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt

I learned I can be strong. I can forgive. And I can help anyone that may need a little push to make their day. This has changed my life and many others.

- Justin R., CT Student

I think the Choose Love program is indispensable for humans. It's only been a year, but I feel a response. In particular, it looks like the teachers are happier. If the teachers aren't happy, the happiness of the children cannot be raised.

- Junko, Choose Love Ambassador, Japan

Choose Love Enrichment Program is not only for the students but it gives me the important tools to be a better teacher. I learned to use courage, gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion-in-action in the classroom. It has given me the vocabulary to help my students through challenges.

- Educator, HI

The program has been widely and enthusiastically endorsed by our schools; which was expected. What we did not expect was the overwhelming support by our first responder community. NH's Police community has been one of the programs biggest supporters. Not only is the program changing our school culture, but it is also changing our community culture. I cannot think of a better program to implement in our schools. I have been transformed from a reluctant and skeptical attendee to a true believer.

- Perry Plummer, Former Assistant Commissioner, NH

The Choose Love Enrichment Program™ highlights important character values that we want all children to have and engaging approaches to develop them.

- Roger Weissberg, NoVo Foundation

Thank you for developing such an intentional curriculum that aligns with best practices for teaching all students, even our trauma students. I'm a first year elementary guidance counselor, I was in the classroom for 12 years and your curriculum has provided me with essential resources to start this school year off successfully. I recently attended a trauma informed learning training and so much of what I've been teaching with Choose Love was right in line with what they were recommending at the training.

- Britney S., KY Educator