Jana Marie Foundation

The Jana Marie Foundation strives to empower teenage girls struggling with defiance, depression, addiction, substance abuse, and other emotional or psychological challenges to make positive choices, practice self respect, and maintain healthy relationships with friends and family. Our Scholarship Program funds opportunities for girls to express themselves through artistic and creative endeavors. Our Educational Program works with schools, families, and friends to help build support networks and provide information and access to related resources.

Jana Marie Vicere was a beautiful, intelligent, talented young woman who graduated with a GED from the State College (PA) Area School District in 1999. She went on to Penn State University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Sociology in 2005. As a student at Penn State she was named to the Dean’s List, Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, and to the College of Health and Human Development’s Women’s Leadership Initiative for her demonstrated potential as a leader in the field of human services.

Although Jana struggled with depression throughout her lifetime, she always had a generous heart and an unwavering commitment to helping people. Her sense of pride from receiving her GED led her to tutor others working towards their diploma. Because of her dedication to tutoring and to the GED program, Jana was appointed to the State College Area School District’s Community Education Advisory Board. Her continued commitment to helping others earned for her a statewide award from the Pennsylvania Association for Adult Community Education (PAACE) in 2006 for her volunteer efforts. Later in her career Jana was a counselor for at-risk teenage girls through the State College Area Youth Service Bureau where she displayed an unyielding devotion to helping her girls get back on their feet.

Jana also loved to express herself through artistic and creative endeavors. Her poetry, collages, drawings, jewelry, pottery, and love for music showcased her personality, emotions, and free spirit.

Tragically, Jana completed suicide in 2011 at the tender age of 30. The Jana Marie Foundation is dedicated to her commitment to helping others and to her love of creative expression and the arts.

Adolescents need guidance, encouragement, and a place where they feel they can belong. By working closely with school counselors, teachers, and other personnel from the State College Area School District, we seek to assist girls who may be showing signs of struggling. Through the Jana Marie Foundation Scholarship Program, we provide grants to help girls get involved with extra-curricular creative and artistic programs so they can express themselves in a positive manner, develop their natural abilities, and enhance their self confidence.

At the end of August, Marisa Brown participated in a meeting for counselors in the State College Area School District where she provided information on the foundation and the scholarship program. We already have had a great response from the participants and can’t wait to award our first two scholarships this Fall!

Learn more about the Jana Marie Foundation by visiting them online at www.janamariefoundation.org.

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