Renata Bereś

Works with young and disabled, set up Foundation for Local Development

About me

NAME: Renata Bereś


CITY: Trzebownisko


BACKGROUND: University

ACTION/SECTOR: Services/Education/Voluntry Sector

POSITION: founder and president

ORGANIZATION: Foundation for Educative, Social and Development Initiatives

My Background and Career

I work right now as a founder and president of Foundation for Educative and Social Initiatives Development. It is a Polish educational and consultation institution based in Trzebownisko, Podkarpackie region.
• The main aim of the Foundation  is to act for the benefit of education development and providing solutions to resolve social problems of women, disabled and young people. We are implementing European good practices in gender issues and promote equal opportunities of women and men in all areas of life. The Foundation puts strong emphasis on the problems of young people  and their engagement in educational and social life. Together with our personnel we try to realize some initiatives and activities for those groups at risk mentioned above, such as: engaging young people in democratic actions directed on growing community, culture, and society, increasing the adult awareness about diversity among children and youth promotion of equality of women and men, acting for the elimination of sex-based discrimination in work place, promotion of new technologies among women, promotion of entrepreneurship among women, promoting voluntary activities among young people and many others.

My Experience

Family. Which ones?
in the initial phase of the Foundation's activities the family was skeptical about the whole idea
Others. Which ones?
Convince local people and the environment for which we have created the foundation was not easy

Opportunities: experience in working with young people, positive attitude, optimism, belief in people and myself, commitment, willingness to help other people.

Threats: Initially lack of understanding and support from family and friends, Low public awareness and an aversion towards people with problems, lack of support from government

My Skills

I am able to learn and put into practice new information in my work.
I easily adapt myself to changes.
I know and I use the required techniques to do a good job.
I easily spread and transmit information.
I listen and I pay attention to other people's problems.
I like partnership building.
Personal development through my job is important
The personal development of people working with me is important.
In case of arguments I’m looking for peaceful solutions
I like to negotiate so that everyone ends up  satisfied.
I coordinate and motivate the staff.
I like to work as a team


Hints & Tips


Did some thing give you inspiration for your project / action / enterprise?
Together with friends we observed increasing problems and confusion among young people and women in our environment. Some of these people were completely lost in the new reality, and even they wanted to change something, they did not have the support from their families, schools and local authorities, which is why we have tried to create a place where we could, to some extent, help those most deprived. Our actions are limited to two groups and include only residents of our region, but in this way we can take concrete actions and initiatives really needed and tailored to needs..

Suggestions and advice to give to women:   
If you have an idea in mind or intention, do not waste your chance.
With the help of family, friends and of course, professional consulting services who assess the business plan and its feasibility, You can do it, just have a strong motivation for action.


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