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About us

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.

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Meet the team:

Anna Ejme

Atalaya’s founder and president, psychologist, coach, group process facilitator with over 14-year experience in personal development initiatives. A huge fan of performative methods in her work such as drama & psychodrama, improv, forum theater. 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.

Marzena Stopa

Atalaya’s vice-president, psychologist, trainer, project coordinator, specialist in youth empowerment. 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.

Ania Brymora

Psychologist, clinical sexologist, youth project manager, 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.

Beata Szostakowska

a certified coach and enthusiast of helping. 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.

Paulina Woźniak

Psychologist, trainer and PR specialist. She graduated from Academy of Special Education in Warsaw. Since July 2017 she has been associated with Atalaya, where she co-creates and runs workshops 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.

Paulina Jędrzejewska

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.

Vesna Lorenc

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.

Katarzyna Lewiecka-Kusio

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.

Anna Kawalska

intercultural psychologist, trainer, art therapist. For fifteen years she has been creating and running workshops for children, adolescents and adults. She specializes in intercultural, anti-discrimination and social skills development. In Atalaya, she is a part of a substantive team in Meet me halfway project, addressed to culturally mixed couples. At work, diversity and mindfulness are important to her. Passionate about photography and travel.

Agata Wiatrowska

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”.

Nina Kilińska-Chłystek

psychologist, educator, animator, trainer (after INTRA school). Fascinated with interpersonal relationships and working with various groups. She works with children, students, parents and guardians and develops communication skills based on mutual respect and empathy. In love with our Baltic sea and empty beaches, insanely greedy for Italian cuisine and for the trips away from the hustle and bustle - close to nature.

Anna Łoboda

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.