Jana Marie Foundation’s GROW program is designed to spark conversations about mental wellness and personal growth to students in grades 4 and 5. Through the use of children’s books and engaging activities, the sessions will share themes and messages around building self-confidence, developing positive relationships, and expressing emotions in ways that are creative and healthy.

1st and 3rd Mondays

September 18 – December 18, 2023

Jana Marie Foundation Office
110 Regent Court, Suite 200
State College, PA 16801

Open to students in 4th and 5th grade


An Upper Elementary Program

The primary goal for GROW is to connect these younger students to each other and to their communities.  By exploring topics that embrace diversity, compassion, self- expression, and empathy, students will equip themselves with tools necessary to build and maintain relationships and learn healthy coping skills.

Through interactive weekly meetings, participants of GROW will have a chance to come together, listen to a short story, and discuss the themes of the book while completing meaningful artistic projects.

To ensure that GROW is accessible to all, Jana Marie Foundation is offering this program free of charge.

With one in five students ages 13-18 experiencing a mental health concern, it is important to start these conversations early.  GROW will empower these young people to reflect on their lives and emotions and will teach resiliency.  These are life-long skills that will help the participants continue to thrive in all aspects of their lives, and also know resources for when they feel they may need some additional supports.

Thank you!

This program is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors.  Thank you for stepping up for mental wellness and making a difference in the lives of young people in our community.

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Registration Form

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