Jana Marie Foundation, whose mission is to educate about mental wellness and provide young people with opportunities for personal growth and creative expression, is launching a new series of initiatives, all under the title, Mokita™. The word ‘mokita’ comes from the language Kilivila, spoken near Papua New Guinea, and means a known truth that we agree not to talk about, kind of like the notion of “elephants in the room.”
Beginning in February, Jana Marie Foundation will team up with the Centre Daily Times and New Leaf Initiative to host a series of community conversations called Mokita™ Dialogues. The purpose behind these community brown bag luncheon discussions is to allow individuals throughout Centre County to come together and talk – for a change. Not only will these discussions highlight topics of vital interest – elephants in the room – but it will provide opportunities for follow-up and action.
The sessions will be held at noon on the fourth Thursday of every month at New Leaf Initiative (State College Municipal Building, 243 S Allen Street, Suite 337, State College, PA). Each Mokita™ Dialogue session will be led by a different facilitator from through the community and will include a brief presentation, engaging activities that encourage thought and conversation, and suggestions for ways to continue the discussion.
“It is time to come together to acknowledge the ‘elephants’ that exist across our community and how we can address them. These sessions will provide an opportunity to learn, to listen and to be engaged in finding solutions for these important issues,” says Vicere.
The series will kick off with an introduction to the program and an enlightening conversation about the Power of Dialogue, facilitated by Susan Marshall, State High Head Counselor, grades 9 -12, on Thursday, February 23 at noon at New Leaf Initiative.
Future Mokita Dialogues will cover an array of topics including: drugs and alcohol, homelessness, food security & mental health.