Atalaya is an educational foundation founded at the end of 2014. We are mainly focused around education and supporting youth and young adults in their quest for designing and fulfilling their plans for self-development.
Our mission is creating a safe space for meeting the developmental needs of teenagers in foster care as well as their closest surrounding. We support them in their personal growth throughout their lives, focusing mainly on empowerment, building relationship skills and strengthening self-esteem.
Our educational programs are prepared to suit the needs of our participants, utilize innovative methods of teaching and a proactive approach to learning and a personal responsibility for one’s own personal growth.
We dedicate our projects predominantly towards foster care – both institutional care (young adults, youth, children) and foster families (parents, legal guardians).
In order to share our philosophy we also have educational and self-development projects open to the public both in Poland and around Europe which are rooted in alternative and innovative methods of teaching and learning.
We actively participate in many initiatives for NGOs in Poland and have already created strategic partnerships with organizations from other countries in projects „VIAME: Values In Action – Method Exchange”, “Experience
Creativity”, “conVERSation – Slam Poetry for Youth Inclusion”, “In Charge of time” and in-preparation
project: “Meet me halfway”.
Atalaya organizes various trips and educational programs for foster children and teenagers, such as: “In contact”, „Empathy in Education”, „Trampoline” and „Investing in Me”. These projects are also aimed at improving their feeling of self-worth and support them in the difficult transition to independent life outside of institutional care. Our goal is to empower the participants through educational workshops and trainings meant to improve their communication, teamwork and conflictresolution skills. Recent projects have also shown us the need for helping youth step outside their comfort zone in order to have a better understanding of other cultures and to practice English.
All of our projects bring together emotional development with the constant focus on perfecting social and cognitive skills.
The Foundation is constantly growing and we are in this process we are supported by a group of fantastic individuals which bring their unique perspective and experience to our team. Each day we observe the real world and work to meet its needs. We listen to various points of view. We are open to those who are open to change and growth.
Atalaya’s founder and president, psychologist, coach, group process facilitator with over 12-year experience in personal development initiatives and workshops aimed to improve social skills. With a sense of humor and a proper distance, she is co-creating with the whole team an organization based on trust, self-commitment and freedom.
Project manager, PR specialist, trainer and English tutor. She began working in education in Washington, D.C. as an outdoor education counseler. Since then she's been involved in countless educational initiatives both in Poland and the US. Her main goal is to implement her experience with the American educational system in Poland. Some say she’s the embodiment of positive energy.
Atalaya’s vice-president, psychologist, trainer, project coordinator. She has a degree in Psychology from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (SWPS) and completed Business Trainer School with the Polish TROP Group. Conducts countless trainings and workshops related to social skills such as: assertiveness, communication, negotiations and conflict resolution.
Member of the Foundation’s council, experienced trainer, group coach, completed Group Coaching studies with the Polish TROP Group, sociologist, cultural anthropologist, social activist. Since 2010 she has been the president of Culture Shock, a Warsaw foundation involved in art, design, innovative education, public space and new technologies. Some say she's the most straightforward person you'll ever meet.
Certified coach and cross-cultural trainer. Conducts sessions and workshops both in Polish and English for multicultural teams, NGOs, female groups and individual clients. Her own cultural background and work experience inspires her to work in the fields of diversity and personal identity.
a certified coach and enthusiast of helping, a volunteer. At work and in life, honesty, respect and commitment are important to her. Knowledge and experience gained while working in the HR department in the corporation, volunteering in non-governmental organizations and bringing up three children are the capital from which she draws and which she willingly shares. Master of organization and optimization, caring for details and high quality. A fan of a healthy lifestyle.
A student of psychology at the Academy of Special Education in Warsaw. Since July 2017 she has been associated with the Foundation, where she co-creates and runs classes addressed to children and engages in other projects. She would like to deepen her knowledge about running workshops with young people and adults. She is interested in social and intercultural psychology. In her free time she enjoys watching football games, running and reading foreign literature.
Communication Specialist, graduate of the Psychology on SWPS University. NGO is her escape from corporate career, helping her to maintain her inner balance. Anna has a tiny obsession about Corporate Social Responsibility. If an event has CSR written somewhere, she's there. After hours she enjoys watching English football, target shooting and hip-hop music.
educator, drama trainer, pedagogue, catechist. She runs the PRETEKST theater group as well as self-development workshops in Poland and abroad which employ drama and bibliodrama methods. She has a degree from the Academy of Special Education in Warsaw, completed Therapeutic Pedagogy Studies and a postgraduate in Prophylactics and Therapy of Educational Difficulties.
being a natural born facilitator, she brought Horse Assisted Education to Poland and the Central Europe and founded HorseSense - a center for working with horses using this method. She is a coach and a trainer in Atalaya's programs. She is the author of books: “The Horse As a Trainer. Personal development with a horse and lessons from horse-trainers” and “The Manager Learns from the Horse”.
certified coach, trainer of empathy based communication, enthusiast of ceramics. She conducts coaching and development workshops with adults and youth, as well as ceramic workshops with children. She strives to make children and adults learn how to accept their ideas and boldly implement them, to trust their own intuition and draw energy from failures.
project coordinator, recruitment specialist, graduate of AGH in Krakow. Marta found her path of life in Warsaw, where she fell in love with the city and started her adventure with non-governmental organizations. She mostly engages in activities aimed particularly at children and youngsters, but also wants to co-create workshops for adults.
strategic consultant, trainer of innovation, certified coach - graduate of TROP and Halina Nałęcz Nieniewska's Interpersonal Training School, she practices the Design Thinking method, is a co-author of the Strategic Provocations method. As a coach she supports individuals and business, working with the use of their strengths and creative potential. She supports strategic and innovation processes in organizations.
trainer, graduate of the School of Training and Psychological Workshop INTRA, School of Professional Coaching in Kraków and the department of graphic art at EAS. She worked as a creative in advertising agencies. Her greatest joy then was the creation of social campaigns. For 4 years she has been practicing trainings, coaching and workshops with a high dose of creativity. She invites creators to her projects. She likes challenges.
psychologist, soft skills trainer and coach - graduate of the Faculty of Psychology at Warsaw University, School of Professional Coaching and NOVO Team Coaching School. She works with teams in NGO and business to build trust and deal with conflict, and individually to strengthen self-confidence and search for a career path. At work and in life the most important for her are awareness for needs, acceptance and relationship, which becomes an incubator of change.
trainer, a graduate of English Language Teachers College at Warsaw University, promoter of democratic and alternative education; in 2013-2016 he co-hosted one of the first free schools in Poland. During the workshops he shares knowledge and competences in the field of anti-pedagogy, supporting children and youth in general development and self-directed learning.