What is CUMA?

Atalaya Youth Emancipation Center (Centrum Usamodzielnienia Młodzieży Atalaya) is a safe place for young people who are on their way to become independent. A shelter in which teenagers are provided with longterm support in various areas of personal growth.


Who is CUMA addressed to?

CUMA is a place for youth aged 15-29 (mostly 16-20) who are a part of the replacement care system and are living in foster homes or foster families. In addition, it is also targeted at youth who already left the foster care system.

CUMA also offers support for teenagers not associated with the replacement care system, who are currently in a difficult life situation or are struggling with family issues. 

Areas of support

1) Professional and educational (support in preparing to undertake a job and become employed; support in continuing education; development of professional competence)

2) Interpersonal (relationships with others; communication, cooperative skills, resolution of conflicts).

3) Intrapersonal (relationship with yourself, awareness of one’s virtues and other areas in need of further development, setting a life goal, development of empathy, inner motivation, self-esteem, and a sense of self-worth)

4) Systemic (support in everyday life: housing matters, bureaucratic and legal issues etc.)

5) Housing – we are leading 5 training apartments for youth who are leaving foster care, as part of the project “Lighthouse”.


What is CUMA composed of?

Apartament programs

Apartments for emancipated youth


E.g. tutoring or private lessons


An educational and developmental program


Safe meeting place


Professional competence program

Specialized support

Psychological, therapeutical help, and legal assistance

Current events

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