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03 Jun: What is Post Traumatic Growth?

PTSD vs. PTG Almost everyone has heard of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the vast majority of us experience something called post-traumatic growth (PTG) following difficulty or trauma. PTG is when we are strengthened through our experience and learn valuable lessons that translate into personal growth. While most people have never heard of PTG, we know when we are aware of something, we experience the benefits exponentially. We all feel pain (physical, mental, emotional) which can provide a tremendous opportunity for…

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07 May: Why is FUN and PLAY So Important?

The Importance of FUN and PLAY by Stephanie Bierman, Director of Program Development; Curriculum and Resource Writer While the Choose Love Movement and Program have a large focus on Choosing Love, we also have 5 words that our movement and program are grounded in which are, “Have A Lot of FUN!”. These words are important in more ways than one. They are particularly special and meaningful because they are the words of Jesse Lewis. Jesse left a note for his…

Have a lot of fun

26 Apr: Have a Lot of Fun!

Jesse Lewis Left a Note for his Brother. It read, “Have a lot of fun” Jesse left a note for his big brother, folded on his desk. This was a last message left for an older brother from a younger brother. JT found it after Jesse’s murder. He wrote, “Have a Lot of fun.” This message has proven to be incredibly sage advice, along with Jesse’s other messages including, “Nurturing Healing Love” that has gone around the world and is…

12 Mar: Challenges in Schools Require Next Generation Solutions

Challenges in Schools Require Next Generation Solutions Educators are our modern day heroes! Every day, educators are faced with new, more complex and difficult challenges. I travel cross country almost continuously, speaking to students, educators and administrators, with parents and communities, listening to the frustrations and worry that what we’re doing, ‘isn’t working.’ Bullying A lot of the issues that we experienced when we went to school are continuing and even getting worse. Bullying has increased by 21% since we…

John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band live

07 Mar: Announcing John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band Benefit Concert

“Hearts on Fire” Benefit Concert to Support the Choose Love Movement The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement is pleased to announce a benefit concert starring John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band. The “Hearts on Fire” benefit concert is a celebration of Jesse’s birthday on June 30th at the Ives Theater in Danbury, CT. Doug Allen will perform his tribute to Jesse, “Choose Love” and more. Join us for a day of music, food trucks, and family fun in celebration…