August 1, 2015: The Summer Benefit Concert, featuring Plexus!

JAF’s Summer Benefit Concert this past Saturday was a huge success with approximately 90 people (of all ages!) attending and over $1,500 raised for JAF! The concert took place at the Iota Club & Cafe, a perfectly cozy venue for enjoying the great live music by Plexus–see the pictures below. Big thanks to all our supporters for coming […]

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Mindfulness Initiatives

Along with yoga, JAF has also been working to introduce mindfulness exercises to teens. Mindfulness, which involves learning to tune into and accept one’s thoughts and feelings in the present moment, has been shown to have many potential benefits for students, and especially adolescents. Research has shown that mindfulness exercises can result in improved academic performance, better stress management, and […]

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“Fighting stigma – CSB awards mini-grants to six youth-led projects”

May 18-22, 2015: Stress Less, Laugh More Week at Longfellow Middle School

With end-of-the-year tests fast approaching, Longfellow Middle School put on a fun and active Stress Less, Laugh More Week! Every day had its own theme and unique activity to help the students prepare for the stress of school and tests in a healthy way: Monday – “Happy Chalk” Students had the opportunity to draw on the sidewalks outside […]

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April 27-May 1, 2015: Stress Less, Laugh More at Rocky Run MS

This year, Rocky Run Middle School hosted a successful Stress Less, Laugh More week for their students! Their daily agenda included a variety of stress-relieving efforts, like replacing their bells with a fun song or including inspiring quotes in the morning announcements; there were also activities everyday in the cafeteria so all students could get a […]

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March 14, 2015: 6th Annual Running to Remember Josh Fundraiser

The 6th Annual Running to Remember Josh Fundraiser was a great success, despite the rain! We are so very close to reaching our goal of $30,000 and it’s not too late to donate! CLICK HERE if you would like to contribute! A BIG THANKS to everyone who donated and came out to support our runners! […]

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February 23, 2015: Teen-to-Teen Mental Health Summit

The Teen-to-Teen Mental Health Summit was a GREAT success! Approximately 200 community members came out to hear six brave speakers share their stories of struggle and survival and later participated in a discussion with parent panelists and mental health professionals. See news coverage of the event here: NBC News4 video: “Fairfax Co. Teens Unite to […]

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“Community gathers to address teen mental health” by Kate Yanchulis

“Experts advise parents working to head off mental health issues in teens” by Michelle Basch

“Teens open up about mental health, suicide” by Michelle Basch