Wellness Forums for Young Women

Moving Forward

Grades 6 – 12

April 7, 2017
Mount Nittany Middle School
8:45am – 2:45pm


Registration begins on March 1, 2017



These one-day interactive events 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. Drawing on the expertise of Jana Marie Foundation’s board and special guests, the day’s program features a range of topics from enhancing self-confidence, to team-building, to health and well-being, to creative expression, to self-defense. Our forums are free and open to young women whoo are currently enrolled in the State College Area, Penns Valley, Bellefonte, Bald Eagle, Philipsburg and surrounding School Districts.


Build personal strength and self-confidence to help combat the stresses of today’s high pressure society.


  1. To increase self-confidence and self-awareness in young women
  2. To open the doors of communication to help young women create stronger relationships with family, friends, and personal networks.
  3. To provide opportunities for personal development through positive opportunities for creative expression.
  4. To strengthen personal identity through a focus on knowing, appreciating and developing oneself.


We are gearing up for our next session on Saturday, April 7.  We will begin registration on Thursday, March 1. In the meantime, should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at info@janamariefoundation.org. Thank you!


All participants will have the chance to attend each session throughout the day!

Rhythm of Life: : Japanese drumming (Taiko) balances between silence and power, individuality and teamwork. Taiko performance unites performers while bringing out their distinct personalities. During this session, the participants will be brought together using motion and sound.

Crafting Your Identity: Strengths, interests and passions all help to create individual uniqueness. Participants will reflect on their experiences and create a piece of art that represents their inner super powers.

Life is An Adventure: Take your super powers to the next level with Maria Burchill, Head of Adult Services for Schlow Centre Region Library, as she leads you through story-boarding a quick, comic adventure.


8:45-9:00: Registration

9:00-9:45am: Welcome and Ice Breaker
The girls will be led through a variety of team building activities and will discuss the importance of working together and lending a helping hand to friends and peers.

9:50-10:35am: Breakout Sessions 1

10:40-11:30am: Keynote Speaker: Kerry Bestwick will provide an uplifting presentation on releasing your inner superpowers.

11:30-12:15pm: Breakout Session 2

12:20-12:50pm: Lunch

12:55-1:40pm: Breakout Session 3

1:40pm-2:30pm: Self Defense and Closing Remarks

Cat Cook from Monarch Martial Arts will teach the girls basic self-defense and will lead the girls through an exercise of great empowerment.