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 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. Choose Love is used in over 10,000 schools in the United States, and it’s been accessed in all 50 states and 110 countries, reaching more than 2 million children.
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. Choose Love has been extended into homes, communities, athletics, and the workplace. In her local community and beyond, Scarlett is on a mission to cultivate safer classrooms and school climates, offer mental health initiatives to cope with the stress of COVID, and create a more peaceful world by educating the whole child and teaching children to Choose Love.