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An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure.

Today’s middle and high school students face growing social pressures including bullying, drugs and alcohol, sex, self-harming, anxiety, and depression. Well-informed parents and caregivers are the first line of defense.

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Empowering young people. Enhancing their communities.

Jana Marie Foundation 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.

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Wellness Forums for Young People.

Jana Marie Foundation is offering a Wellness Forum for Young Women on Saturday, April 7th and an all new Wellness Forum for Young Men on Saturday, April 14th. Registration will begin on March 1. Please check back for more details.


Art, music, and creative expression are lifelong sources of resilience, self-confidence, and happiness. Expand your creative thinking and mental well-being by expressing yourself in this unique, hands-on, experiential program. Each class will focus on a different theme that allows participants to creatively refelct on their past, envision their future, and appreciate their present. Open for teens, ages 11 - 17 and held at the State College YMCA on Tuesday evenings from 5pm - 7pm.

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Mental and emotional health are equally as important as physical well-being; yet stigma and shame surround the topics making them taboo to discuss. That is why Jana Marie Foundation has made as its mission to increase protective factors for young people and raise awareness for mental wellness and suicide prevention.

Since our inception in 2012, Jana Marie Foundation has harnessed the power of creative expression and dialogue to spark conversations, build connections and promote mental wellness in young people and their communities. 



 Poem and drawing by Jana  Vicere

Once I wished upon a star,

But I knew my wish wouldn’t come true,

So it didn’t.


Once I prayed up to my God,

But I knew my prayers wouldn’t be answered,

So they weren’t.


Once I planned the perfect day,

But I knew my plans wouldn’t work out, 

So they didn’t.


Once I hoped against all odds,

But instead of doubting, I believed,

So my hopes came true.