Jana Marie Foundation reaches out to our youth and community members through a variety of programs and initiatives that bring awareness to the importance of mental health and wellness.


Experiential Programs

Research proves that art and creative endeavors promote dialogue, reduce stress and anxiety, increase self awareness, and improve overall mental, physical and emotional well-being. The Jana Marie Foundation's experiential programs fund opportunities for young people in middle and senior high school to express themselves through artistic and creative endeavors.

Educational Programs

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The Jana Marie Foundation's educational programs work with schools, families, and friends to combat depression, substance abuse, suicide and related social challenges by building support networks and giving community members access to relevant resources and information.

Community Engagement

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 provides opportunities for open and honest dialogue about topics of vital social concern so that we can continue to grow and develop as a community.

Adolescent and Teen Experiential Programs

Empowering young people to make positive choices, practice self-respect and maintain healthy relationships by providing opportunities for personal growth and creative expression.

Wellness Forums for Young Women

It's About Me... And It's About Time! This interactive forum will allow young women across Centre County to build personal strength and self-confidence to help combat the stresses of today’s high pressure society. This annual event is to serve as a reminder of how important it is to listen to your body, mind and soul and to treat it with respect.

J.A.M. Sessions

Art, Music and creative expression are lifelong sources of resilience, self-confidence, and happiness. Participants learn to enhance creative thinking and mental well-being by expressing themselves in this unique hands-on program. Offered in partnership with the YMCA, open to youth ages 11-18.

Outdoor Strong

Life is an adventure!  Outdoor Strong provides a chance for young women, and their families, to build personal strength and self-confidence through exploring the outdoors.

Mind Matters

The adolescent years can be filled with constant change and uncertainty, however, they can also be filled with exploration, inspiration and growth. Participants will gain insight on sources of stress, learn practical tools to build resilience and plan for a meaningful life. This two hour course is ideal for students in grades 6-12 and is made available to schools and organizations.


Our Ignite! program will immerse participants in engaging activities and experiences that promote mental and physical wellness and will assist young men in exploring their sense of purpose. This program, created for young men in grades 6-8, focuses on personal growth, creative expression, self-confidence and social development.

Side by Side: A Mother/Daughter Retreat

Come celebrate and explore your mother-daughter relationship! Through creative expression, engaging activities and a variety of communication tools that emphasize magic of connection, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their create long-lasting memories and find a deeper understanding for one another.

Educational Programs

Educating parents, caregivers, teachers and community members on mental wellness by recognizing and understanding potential warning signs and providing tools to help increase protective factors for our youth.

Straight Talk for People Who Care About Kids

A series of educational programs that help parents and community members recognize, understand and deal with potential problems that can surface during developmental years. Offered in partnership with State College Area School District, Communities that Care and Youth Service Bureau.

Candid Conversations

A series of web-based videos designed in easy-to-access chapters focused on mental health and related topics of concern to parents, caregivers and community members. Produced in partnership with Penn State Public Media.

 Mental Health First Aid

People are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental health crisis than someone having a heart attack. Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to community members showing signs of mental illness or crisis and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social or self-care help. Jana Marie Foundation offers both the Adult and Youth Modules.

Community Engagement

Igniting conversations and dialogue around mental wellness through the use of art, music, storytelling and creative expression.

Stompers Project®

A unique community project designed to stomp out the stigma that surrounds mental and emotional health and serve as a catalyst for positive change.


A series of initiatives designed to promote mental wellness and community development by addressing "elephants" that exist among us and fostering dialogue, understanding, acceptance and community action.

An Evening of Hope, Healing and Remembrance

The Foundation has worked with the Centre County Board of Commissioners to proclaim September 10th as Centre County Suicide Awareness and Prevention Day on which we host an event to create public awareness, educate the community, remember those we have lost, give hope to survivors, and end the stigma that surrounds suicide. Supported by AFSP and Active Minds.

Experiential and Scholarship Programs

Supporting young people in their dreams to pursue their passions through self-expression.

Central PA Festival of the Arts Italian Street Festival Square

Each year, as part of the Central  Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, Jana Marie Foundation will sponsor an Italian Street Festival Square. The young artist or artists will have an opportunity to design, execute and showcase their sidewalk art during the Festival.


Jana Marie Foundation awards scholarships to young people, in grades 6-12, from the State College (PA) Area School District. We strive to match the recipient with an artistic or creative program that will foster his or her natural abilities and will help them grow as an individual.

Jana Marie Foundation Creative Expression Award

Each year, a young man or woman currently enrolled in the State College (PA) Area School District's Delta Program is awarded the Jana Marie Foundation Creative Expression Award for his or her artistic and creative achievements. The monetary award is presented to the recipient at the annual Delta picnic.