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Senate Majority Leader Invites Scarlett Lewis to CT State Capitol


After hearing Scarlett Lewis speak at All Saints Catholic School in Norwalk, CT in February, Connecticut Senator Bob Duff, Senate Majority Leader, invited her to speak to other state Senators about the importance of Social and Emotional Learning and how the Choose Love Movement is helping students learn essential life skills.

Senator Duff posted to Facebook:


I was so honored to have Scarlett Lewis, founder of The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation, come to my office in…

Posted by Bob Duff on Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Peace, Love and Music from Maren

Peace Love & Music From Maren an arts & music festival honoring the life of Maren Sanchez. This 16-year-old teenager lost her life too soon to a violent crime committed by a fellow student. The mission of the Maren Sanchez Home Foundation is to empower girls to defend themselves. The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement and The Ana Grace Project have been selected to partner in this event.

We are honored to celebrate the life of Maren Sanchez. 

Please choose love and join us on April 29th.

Scarlett Lewis Speaks at Highlands Institute in Rome, Italy

Scarlett Lewis, founder of Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, was a guest speaker at Highlands Institute in Rome, Italy on March 13, 2017 for an interactive meeting with pupils, teachers and parents, to discuss the educational program, the Choose Love Enrichment Program.
The Choose Love Movement was founded to spread the culture of love and positive thoughts, following the tragedy that struck Jesse Lewis who was killed at just six years old in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012.
The educational program developed by Ms. Lewis, Jesse’s mother, aims to educate children and adults on how to manage emotions, in particular, how to transform anger into positive thoughts and gestures. Its motto is “Although we cannot always choose the things that happen to us, we can always choose how we respond.”
Scarlett Lewis also participated in the International Day of the Forgiveness on March 10-11, 2017 in Rome. 

Scarlett Lewis at the International Day of Forgiveness in Rome

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Scarlett Lewis was a featured guest and shared her story of love and forgiveness at the International Day of Forgiveness in Rome on March 10-11, 2017:

Forgiveness is central to my resilience.  A social worker came to my house shortly after the incident and told me, “I know how it feels; I’ve also lost my son and I’m here to tell you the pain will never get better.” At that moment I thought, “That is absolutely not going to be my journey.”

And so I chose the path of forgiveness. Initially it felt as if the shooter was attached to me by some umbilical cord and all my energy was being sapped.  Forgiveness felt like I was given a big pair of scissors to cut the tie and regain my personal power. It started with a choice and then became a process. 

The International Day of Forgiveness is a secular and apolitical event, celebrating forgiveness as an essential tool to build a new way of being human. Its purpose is to create an international stage to encourage people from the world of culture, politics and institutions to commit to the spread of a new culture of peace and awareness.

The International Day of Forgiveness is not a just a day event: it is the sum of a year’s work, partnerships and projects and its purpose is closely linked to the development of an educational project.

Future generations need to be freed from the burden of resentment, due to our past and present conflicts. Only through maturity, heightened awareness and generosity of an awakened consciousness, can this path be taken, the main pillars of which are responsibility and forgiveness for true individual and collective freedom.


Forgiveness is a skill, an essential tool for realizing the universal value of peace. As human beings it is our duty to form new generations who live and transmit forgiveness as a social skill in life, an evolutionary strategy necessary for health and well-being. The correct process of forgiveness is a workout for the brain for developing basic skills in the personal, relational and social sphere. Turning problems into resources, managing conflicts, developing mature empathy, and building a peaceful culture based on values of cooperation are all qualities required by new leaders.

Over recent years, interest in forgiveness has grown exponentially, spreading from the language of spirituality and psychotherapy to that of science and medicine. Scientific publications on the issue have increased, involving neuro-scientific studies primarily focused on the beneficial effects of forgiveness in the circulatory, immune and nervous systems. Thus a real science of forgiveness The International Day of Forgiveness was created with the goal of fostering the understanding of the foregoing process, so that an increasing number of people may benefit from the positive effects that this mindset can produce on multiple levels of experience. We are destined for happiness and neither our talents, nor our charisma or power can reveal who we truly are: only our choices can. This is why great souls always choose Love. This day is an invitation to discover the lost sense of forgiveness: a key by which every heart may open the door to true courage and the healing of relationships, thoughts, emotions, body and soul. 

Learn more about the International Day of Forgiveness. 

The International Day of Forgiveness is organized and promoted by My Life Design in partnership with HUMAN Foundation.


Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation Chooses Love

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation is shining their light on the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement. Here is an excerpt from their Born Brave Blog:

For the month of January, Born This Way Foundation will shine light on an organization that gives us hope that we can choose love, even during the darkest days. The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement was established in honor of Jesse Lewis, who was one of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The foundation was established to develop school-based educational programs to change our current culture of violence to one of safety, peace and love for everyone in our world. Scarlett Lewis shares her story with us.

Sometimes we go through things in life and we feel like we have no control. And it’s true, things happen that are totally out of our control. But we always have control over one thing – how we respond in any given situation. Take the murder of my 6-year-old son. He was killed in his first grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary, alongside 19 of his classmates and 6 educators. I couldn’t control the former student who killed all those innocent people, but I did control how I responded to the tragedy. Ultimately, I responded by starting a worldwide movement to choose love through a nonprofit organization I created in honor of my son – the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement. It was a process in how I got there.

Read the Full Blog Post on the Born Brave Blog