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Your donation supports Jana Marie Foundation’s vital work with the young people of our local community. You can use the link at the bottom of this page now to take action. Thank you!
Each year, one in four adults and one in five children suffer from a mental illness that affects the way they live, laugh, love and play. Furthermore, suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds and the 10th leading cause of death overall.
Jana Marie Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, empowers young people, especially young women, to make positive choices, practice self-respect, and maintain healthy relationships by providing opportunities for personal growth and creative expression.
The Foundation recognizes a real need for mental health awareness in our community, particularly among young people. According to the biannual Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS), administered by local school districts, teens in the Centre Region are reporting levels of stress, depression, and anxiety that have steadily increased over the last five years and, in some cases, exceed the statewide average. Early intervention and a redirection toward positive self-expression provide a key to improving the health of our community.
Jana Marie Foundation achieves these goals through outreach and education to young people as well as parents/caregivers. This includes Youth Mental Health First Aid training, our Candid Conversations video series, the Straight Talk for People Who Care About Kids lecture series, annual wellness forums for middle and high school girls, scholarships for young women to encourage them to explore creative self-expression and self-discovery, and our community-wide art and mental well-being project, the Stompers Project (www.stompersproject.org).
In 2015, Jana Marie Foundation directly reached over 4,395 Centre County community members through our programming and thousands more witnessed our work through art exhibits and Stompers Project unveiling events.
The foundation was created in memory of Jana Marie Vicere in 2012. Jana was a beautiful, intelligent, and talented young woman who, at the time of her death at age 30, worked with at-risk teens. Jana’s own struggle with depression and addiction inspired her commitment to helping others and led her to explore creative expression as a means of healthy and productive release from stress and anxiety.
We are very grateful for the support we have received from the community and are inspired daily by the youth we meet.