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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Anna 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.
Facilitator method HAE , certified coach and trainer, the owner of the resort HorseSense, director of the international association EAHAE. She has many years of management experience. For 10 years leading development programs with horses , as well as school facilitators method. She creates and co-leads projects for leadership development, entrepreneurship, economic activity throughout the country and around the world. She is co-author of the book