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Choose Love Movement

The Choose Love Movement is a nonprofit founded by Scarlett Lewis after her 6-year-old son, Jesse, was killed in the Sandy Hook, CT tragedy in 2012. Scarlett chose to address the root cause of so much of the suffering we see today in order to create a safer, more peaceful and loving world. Jesse left a message on their family’s kitchen chalkboard, ‘Norturing Helinn Love’ (Nurturing Healing Love.) This message translates into a powerful formula that enables us to Choose Love as a thoughtful response in every situation, circumstance and interaction. The Choose Love Movement is a place for all to come together to be part of the solution. The Choose Love Movement provides children and adults with the essential life skills that are a direct path to flourishing in every area of our lives and enable us to be the best version of ourselves. Our no cost online solutions offer a universal language, focus on love, connection and belonging, and are in all 50 states and 120 countries. You can learn more on our website:

Scarlett Lewis’ Choose Love podcasts cover a wide range of subjects, with guests addressing all kinds of topic areas, including but not limited to post-traumatic growth; positive psychology; character development; social and emotional learning; forgiveness; finding courage through hardship; health and nutrition; brain health and development; navigating grief; and more. Often our guests are authors who have written insightful books.

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Scarlett’s Insight This Week

Donna Cimarelli Choose Love Podcast

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Donna Cimarelli – Loss of a Child Due to Violence

The loss of a child due to violence. My dear friend, Donna Cimarelli, also knows what that feels like. In 2014, her 16-year-old daughter, Maren Sanchez, was murdered in her high school by a male classmate. In this emotional yet uplifting episode, Donna shares memories with me of her daughter as we discuss compassion for those who hurt our children and how we experienced post-traumatic growth that turned into something productive to make us stronger, better people.

Donna founded the Maren Sanchez Home Foundation that educates and empowers girls and young women to defend themselves against emotional, psychological, and verbal manipulation and physical violence.  In the podcast, Donna  explains the importance of awareness for young people to remain alert to possible danger in situations, and she also shares her feelings on the power of intuition and the role of our “gut feelings” in our lives. Listen in and learn how Donna conquered her pain and is now on a mission to protect the lives of other young women.


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Congratulations to Scarlett Lewis, winner of the Stevie Awards for Women in Business! Gold Stevie Award winner: Most Innovative Woman of the Year – Government or Non-Profit Silver Stevie Awards winner: Female Thought Leader of the Year – Government or Non-Profit




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from sandy hook to the world Roses Foal

Scarlett LewisAbout Scarlett Lewis

Scarlett became an advocate for social and emotional learning (SEL) and character development to help children manage their emotions, feel connected, and have healthy, meaningful relationships. She created the Choose Love For Schools program, a no cost, comprehensive, lifespan, next generation character and social emotional development (CSED) program that teaches children how to thoughtfully respond with love in any situation by using the Choose Love Formula (Courage + Gratitude + Forgiveness + Compassion-in-Action), and offer ways for children to handle adversity, have courageous conversations, and to respond with love. Choose Love extends beyond the classroom through additional no-cost programs, including programs for the home, communities, athletics, and the workplace. In addition, the movement offers Choose Love C.A.R.E.S. (Cultivating Authentic Relationships in the Education System) and Experiential Educator Wellness Workshops for school leaders and educators, and multiple extension programs. The Choose Love programs have been accessed in all 50 states and in more than 120 countries, reaching 3 million children.

Scarlett Lewis is the author of Nurturing Healing Love: A Mother’s Journey of Hope & Forgiveness, a memoir of her journey toward choosing love and forgiveness; From Sandy Hook to the World: How the Choose Love Movement Transforms Lives, an in-depth look at how Scarlett founded the Movement and its impact around the world today; and Rose’s Foal, a children’s book, with photographs by Scarlett Lewis, that tells the poignant story of a beloved horse and her newborn foal.

Since the tragedy, Scarlett has spoken across the U.S. and internationally to diverse audiences sharing her empowering story and the organization’s far-reaching programs, urging everyone to become part of the solution to the issues the world is facing. Scarlett has spoken at multiple national, statewide, and community-based events including hundreds of talks at schools, addressing educators and administrators.

In 2022, Scarlett was named to Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2022 Bloomberg 50, and was a featured speaker at the New York Times DealBook Summit 2022 alongside many of our world leaders, CEOs of businesses and emerging leaders. In 2021, Scarlett was named a Forbes 50 over 50 Impact Honoree, one of 50 women leading the way with impact and changing their communities and the world in ways big and small through social entrepreneurship, law, advocacy and education.

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!”

About Choose Love School Programs

Our signature program, Choose Love For Schools™, is a no cost, next-generation Character Social and Emotional Development (CSED) for Pre-K through 12th grades. The Choose Love Formula is the central theme of the program wtih courage, gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion-in-action is woven throughout.

The program teaches educators and 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.

Choosing Love in Our Brave New World is a special program unit designed specifically to address the post-Covid needs of students and educators, because we know before any other learning can be effective, students and educators need to feel safe, a sense of belonging, cared for, and loved. The goal of this special back-to-school unit is to provide post-traumatic growth skills for students as they reentered classrooms after the quarantine, and the continued support they need to heal and recover.

Other programs include Choose Love For Home™, Choose Love For Communities™, and Choose Love For Athletes™ are based on the foundations of Choose Love for Schools™.

Choose Love has grown organically, one person at a time, and now reaches 3.5 million children and adults. Scarlett Lewis envisions reaching 25 million people by 2025. Help us get there by sharing Choose Love in your home, your schools, and your community.

Recent Awards & Recognition

Anthem Award 2023 Choosing Love in our Brave New World, a special school program created to address needs of students and educators and provide support during and post-COVID19, was awarded a Silver Anthem Award for a Non Profit Campaign in Education, Art & Culture, Product, Innovation, or Service Categories (Nonprofit).

Bloomberg 50 2022 Bloomberg Businessweek named Scarlett Lewis, founder of the Choose Love Movement, to the 2022 Bloomberg 50, its annual list of innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders who have changed the global business landscape over the past year. An unranked list, the Bloomberg 50 represents the most influential thought leaders in business, finance, politics, entertainment, science, and technology whose 2022 accomplishments were particularly noteworthy.

New York Times Dealbook Summit 2022 Scarlett Lewis was invited by the New York Times DealBook Summit team to share her message and her journey, and how it has influence the world. Scarlett spoke alongside world leaders, CEOs of businesses, and emerging leaders. Scarlett Lewis  share her story in confronting the dangers of misinformation as she fought (and won) to honor the legacy of her son, Jesse — and the lives of all the children from Sandy Hook.

Stevie Award for Women in Business 2022 Female Innovator of the Year — Government or Non-Profit —10 or Less Employees The Stevie® Awards for Women in Business are the world’s premier business awards for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they run.

CT Entrepreneur Award 2022 Runner up – Education
These awards celebrate Connecticut’s leading entrepreneurs, ventures, and the varied ecosystem elements throughout the state that support and encourage them. Mike Roer, coordinator of the CT Entrepreneur Awards program, stated he appreciates the innovative work being done by the impressive finalists, individually and collectively, in a variety of disciplines. “Together, they all have a strong impact on our state and its communities, and that’s good news for Connecticut this year, and years to come.”

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