May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and has special significance for the Joseph Maley Foundation HOPE program. HOPE – Health through Outreach, Personal Perspectives and Engagement- engages individuals in valuable discussion and activities surrounding mental health. The program was created to change the way our community talks about this important topic, reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues.
The Joseph Maley Foundation serves children of all abilities through programs that engender compassion and respect for the diversity of life. One of unique ways we are able to support our mission is through a working Junior Board of Directors, comprised of high school students who act as ambassadors for JMF programs and engage their peers in service and leadership activities.
June 2018 marks the first Joseph Maley Family Support Sibs Summer Camp. Participants will share their experiences as siblings of individuals with disabilities in a safe and respectful environment. Campers will also have the opportunity to engage in other Joseph Maley Foundation programs such as Service Day, HOPE, and disABILITY Awareness.
The Joseph Maley Foundation is currently hosting two spring-semester interns from the University of Indianapolis. Kirby Jones and Niki Schath are both members of the Class of 2018 who participate in cheerleading, among many other extracurricular pursuits. Both Kirby and Niki decided to continue their internship experience through the summer before they move on to graduate school; we are happy to keep them as part of our JMF family a bit longer! We invite you to get to know them more in this week’s blog.
The Dr. Kosmas Kayes Educator’s Scholarship honors the legacy of Kosmas Kayes, Ed.D., a life-long educator, who was dedicated to improving the lives of others through learning. For more than forty years, Dr. Kayes served the state of Indiana as a teacher, administrator, and mentor – shaping the lives of countless individuals who continue his legacy of integrity and service through education.
More than 19% of Indiana’s population is composed of adults and children with a disability. Every March, the Hoosier state celebrates Disability Awareness Month. On March ninth, the Joseph Maley Foundation partnered with Holy Spirit Catholic School to provide a unique opportunity to conclude their weeklong disABILITY Awareness program.