The Atalaya Foundation, which coordinates the CUMA project, was established at the end of 2014. Our goal is to create a safe space where youth can fulfill their needs regarding their development and growth. It is especially addressed to the teenagers who are a part of the foster care system.
What are we doing?
We are working in the area of education, assisting our mentees with finding and fulfilling their own unique path. All of our educational and developmental programs are created based on the needs of our participants. Furthermore, we practice various innovative teaching methods and we value an active approach towards learning, as well as responsibility for one’s own growth.
Although we are operating in the spirit of Non-Violent Communication, we are fond of constant development, discovering new methods of work, and then combining them together. Reaching for a variety of developmental methods, we are capable of adjusting our programs and strategies to meet the individual needs of our mentees.
Meet the team and our associates:
Chairwoman of the Foundation
psychologist, coach, trainer, and facilitator of the team process with 14 years of experience in leading developmental and coaching courses.
She is a fan of the performative methods, which include psychodrama and improvisation. Not only does she have a great sense of humor, but also together with the entire team she creates an organization that values trust, personal engagement, and liberty.
Deputy Chairwoman of the Foundation
psychologist, trainer, project coordinator, specialist of emancipation of youth. She finished psychology at SWPS, as well as the School of Trainers TROP. Moreover, she leads workshops aimed at strengthening social skills, such as communication, resolution of conflicts, and assertiveness. What she finds the most captivating is working with youth or directing coaching courses for adults.
psychologist and clinical sexologist, coordinator of projects with youth, teacher, trainer. She finished psychology at the University of Warsaw and clinical sexology at SWPS. She strives to implement her personal experiences from American educational programs into the polish education system. In addition, she is known for radiating with positive energy.
master of psychology at Academy of Special Education in Warsaw, a specialist in advertising and building social profiles. She is actively engaged in projects with young people by co-creating workshops or professional development programs for teenagers and young adults. She is particularly fascinated by social and cultural psychology. In her free time, she loves watching soccer matches, jogging, as well as reading foreign literature related to customs and traditions.
psychologist, pedagogue animator, trainer (finished the INTRA school). She is fascinated by interpersonal human relationships and working with various groups of people. She is working with children, college students, parents, and guardians. In her work, she aids to develop communication skills based on mutual respect and empathy. She is in love with our Baltic sea and empty beaches, she adores the Italian cuisine, as well as destinations away from the hustle- close to nature.
experienced trainer, group coach, finished Group Coaching Study at TROP, sociologist and cultural anthropologist, activist. Since 2010 she is a chairwoman of the Culture ShockFoundation in Warsaw. Most of her competence is related to cultural aspects. She is a fan of new technology and an expert in the field of prevention of professional burnout in NGOs.
certified coach with a passion for helping. In her life and work, she values honesty, respect, and personal engagement. The knowledge and experience gained while working in HR in a corporation, during volunteer activities in various NGOs, and while raising three children is her main capital, which she loves to share with others. She is known for being a master in organization and optimization, as well as caring for the details and high-quality of her work.
certified group coach and intercultural trainer. Due to her origin and professional experience, she is passionate about working with identities and various people. At the Foundation she is a coordinator of an international project Meet me halfway, which is addressed to culturally mixed couples. In addition, she leads workshops and coaching meetings. She specializes in working on self-consciousness, confidence, and inner consistency.
intercultural psychologist, trainer, art therapist. For 15 years she leads workshops for children, youth, and adults. She specializes in intercultural themes, anti-discrimination issues, as well as in the development of social skills. In the Atalaya Foundation, she is a co-leader of the project Meet me halfway, which is addressed to culturally mixed couples. In her work, she values variety and mindfulness. Besides her job, she is also passionate about photography and traveling.
Katarzyna Lewiecka- Kusio
certified coach, trainer of empathy-based communication, ceramics lover. She is running coaching meetings and developmental workshops addressed to teenagers and adults, as well as ceramics workshops for children. Her goal is to teach others to accept their own ideas or needs and fulfill them with confidence, trust their intuition and draw energy from their failures.