Clad in gray sweatpants and a "just keep livin" T-shirt, Matthew McConaughey led a workout with students at Venice High School in Venice, California, on Tuesday, August 14. Breaking a sweat, he said, helps kids "stress less."
Fitness and mentoring, with the goal of helping inner-city kids succeed in school, is the mission of McConaughey's j.k. livin foundation. At the event inside the high school's gymnasium, McConaughey said his foundation focuses on helping high school kids in large inner-city schools because high school "is a crossroads in any young kid's life."
"It's a time when they're running out of do-overs," he said. "It's a time where they're about to enter the real world, and in the real world, consequences have a much bigger bite."
Tuesday's event was part of GIVE Education's "School the Nation Campaign." McConaughey is the spokesperson for the Procter & Gamble and Communities in Schools campaign. J.k livin is one of 15,0000 community organizations that Communities in Schools has partnered with to channel resources to children who are at the greatest risk of dropping out. At the kick-off event, McConaughey and the Communities in Schools team shared a simple way we can help.
By purchasing $25 worth of P&G products, you get a $5 rebate, and $5 will be given to Communities in Schools. Also, if you "like" the GIVE Facebook page, a $1 donation will be made to Communities in Schools (up to $10,000).
After a jump rope session and some good old-fashioned push-ups, McConaughey closed the event by gathering the kids and reporters together in a "gratitude circle." Each person in the circle shares a reason they are thankful. This is an integral part of j.k. livin's program, McConaughey said, because by appreciating what you have, "you will reap, render and create more things to be appreciative for."
Jenny is the Education Editor at TakePart. She has been writing for TakePart since 2009 and previously worked in film and television development. She has taught English in Vietnam and tutors homeless children in Los Angeles. Email Jenny | @jennyinglee | TakePart.com