Zofia Kierner is a senior at Phillips Exeter Academy, an award-winning social entrepreneur, education and gender equality advocate, one of Vogue's top social activists. She founded and personally manages Girls Future Ready Foundation, an educational organization that spotlights the power of young women and runs multiple international projects.
Zofia has a passion for activism and public speaking as she delivers talks at conferences, appears in press, radio, and TV programs.
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We'll introduce her very briefly. Let's just start with a quick hint. What time is your place? Oh, around
2 pm. So Polish time, it's 8 pm, which means that maybe we are not in the same location. Okay, that is pretty strange. So why do you guys think we talk about Poland here? Because our guest today is Polish-based, right?
That is correct. Born in Poland, I lived there for about six years. I'm 18 right now. So it's been quite a journey. But I'm sure we will get into that.
Yeah. So just to shortly introduce if you let me. Xhosa is an amazing person and the CEO class. So that's why the CEOs meet here. We are both CEO. So we understand you know, the life lifestyle. She leads the girls future-ready Foundation, which I observed for quite a long time. And I have to say it's an amazing and amazing work you're doing for girls and for the whole community that you have around you. Let me ask you for your own introduction, how would you briefly introduce yourself, say about anything you think matters?
Hi, everyone. My name is Sofia, Kunar. I'm 18 years old, and I am a student at Phillips Exeter Academy here, around 45 minutes away from Boston. I was born in Poland, I've lived in multiple places around the world, including Finland. And then we came to the US with my family, both in Seattle, and now in the Boston area. Where did my passion for community service come from?
Well, it's very long-rooted. I started my first charity project at eight years old and have not stopped working since that very quickly evolved into what is now known as girls future-ready foundation. My mission is to help support girls from Central Eastern Europe, which is the area that I'm from, to help them be prepared for the global challenges that I have identified while travelling the world from these observations, but also to use the resources and experiences that I've gathered from both Finland and the US to show girls that anything is possible and that if you have the mindset and the hard work, you can achieve anything and we want to provide the same opportunities for girls from Central Eastern Europe.
Well, I'm definitely I can say I'm very impressed with what you're doing. And I wouldn't relate that to you know, any stereotypical aspects like age or something. I think it's not like the most important thing, the most important thing is that you really create great value for the things you're doing. And as a start, for anybody who's like wondering what your foundation does, what do you provide? What kind of support you're giving? Let us know a little bit more about the actions that you're providing on daily basis. Totally, totally.
Girls future-ready runs five large scale international programmes that annually support around 50,000 students every year. What do these programmes look like? They all revolve around developing five crucial skills that I have identified to be the most important in getting ready for global challenges. These skills are English skills, public speaking and argumentation skills, confidence, having a global mindset, which is the understanding that the world is huge, and it's moving so quickly, and we have to be ready to adjust to these changes. These skills are developed through our five key programmes girls English ready girls global-ready her story project hashtag together for teachers and her story masterclass.
All of these, I'm sure we will go into detail and I can tell little bits and snippets from all of them. But essentially, they're programmes for girls up to 24 years old, that either connect them with native speakers from across the world, connect them with mentors, connect them with women that helped them achieve the dreams that they're so passionate about.
Cool and what attracted you like what made you like the very first step of your journey like this is super interesting for us from the journey perspective? Oh, one more hint I will give to our audience today. First, we are talking and then we will answer some questions. So if you guys observing guys have some questions, feel free to you know, fire chats us on chat. So we are waiting for questions. But as for now, we are giving the voice to Xhosa and please let us know. How did it all start? Like what inspired you to you know like to improve the see region and the situation of girls in here?
totally sure. It's a region that I'm from. That's why it's the place that I work in. But the very first steps that I think are very interesting because they describe me as a little crazy eight-year-old girl are the very first charity project that I started. When my family moved to Finland when I was six years old. I did not know a single word in English I was signed up to attend an international school. Great, but I didn't know a single word. So for the first two months, I sat all alone at the lunch table eating cold tomato soup, because I didn't know how to ask anyone if I can sit with them and be I don't know how to ask the lunch lady to warm up my soup. It's a very traumatic time in my life that sparked a period of reflection later on. After I was able to learn this language. Being able to learn it firsthand helps me learn it very quickly.
When I was in about third or fourth grade, my parents took me back to a school in Poland, we would visit Poland every summer. So we saw it fit that I would maybe attend school for two months, maybe just to see how I would fit in. And I did really well in all the subjects except for one subject and that subject was English.
To me, that was right, because I was speaking fluent English at that time, and I could not get a perfect score on the English exam. Maybe this stemmed from my ego of getting the best grades possible. But I think another part of this is, something was wrong. Something was wrong with the way that these students were learning no one was excited about learning English, no one wanted to go to English class. The classes themselves were extremely confusing and super grammar-focused. Kids just sat down and memorised words and memorise grammar. verses the way that I learned English was through reading really interesting books and having conversations with my peers and my teachers. And I thought that was such a better way to learn the language. I decided when I go back to my international school, I wanted to do something to help. I thought of starting a book drive, collecting a few gently used English language books, big pictures, big letters, super interesting, packing them all up with me and taking them to Poland next time I visit. My principal is not exactly on board with this plan. So it took me about a month to convince her she said only adults organise these kinds of things from the Parent-Teacher Association. Those parents collected money collected books, collected clothes, collected, plastic water bottles, they collect everything that they could possibly think of. But she wouldn't allow me to do my book drive just because I was a student. Luckily, after eight months of persistence, and meeting with her every few weeks presenting new and new and new plans, I was able to follow through with this plan.
I collect about 300 books, took them with me to Poland and haven't stopped working on that project, since it is still a part of the girls futurity foundation as con now known as girls English ready, we have donated over 40,000 of these books to hundreds of institutions in Poland and around central Eastern Europe, from preschools to high schools, elementary schools, to children's hospitals, to orphanages, they have all been receiving these resources to help them learn the language. So that sparked the need and the understanding of a community that I had access to help. And because of my ability to be away internationally, I was able to do something to make a big impact. And that was really inspiring to me as a wild eight-year-old.
Cool, it sounds like an amazing journey. How does it then like work for you? As for now like, how does it look like on daily basis? Because here we meet as like the CEO class. So we expect having CEOs, you know, sometimes uptight, sometimes so serious? How does your work look like? How do you feel? your profession in the sense, you're still learning, you're still developing, but I believe every single should still do it. How does it work? How do you work as a CEO?
Sure, I'm a full-time student. So that factors into a lot of the SEO aspects of being a leader of a nonprofit is exactly the same as being a leader of a business except you have no money. It's even more difficult, in my opinion. You're trying to create as many amazing things as you can and sell them in a way to people that want to participate in people that you can help that without having as big of a budget. It's difficult. It is, especially as a young person, where it's so small in this world still so difficult to develop that trust from adults, as a female to be able to develop trust from men who want to invest in your work. Everything is super complicated. It's not an easy task. What does that look like? For me? That looks like Friday nights, answering emails that looks like waking up at 6 am to present at presentations that are at noon in Poland but very early in the morning for me that looks like between classes, answering short messages for people who are interested in joining our programmes. That means every relationship that you build Whether with a conference speaker at my school or while attending conferences, is promoting girls feature Edie it is promoting the mission, it is stepping up with that brand. And showcasing the work that we do. It is being an advocate, it is being someone who shows strongly believes in the opportunity that we're providing for people that is taking every single opportunity to keep promoting that. And it's not, it's difficult while being 18 years old, I've been doing this pretty much like a full-time job for the past four or so years. And it's been really hard. But it's something that I love and something that keeps me going something that wakes me up every single morning. And I love it. And I don't plan on stopping.
Cool, it sounds like I think like we share the same view that mission can really drive you. And then if you choose as the right initiative, I believe you found yours, then you can wake up every morning being like, maybe sometimes tired, maybe sometimes overwhelmed, but happy, satisfied deep, like, what kind of emotions do you feel? While you know like succeeding while having all of those amazing girls around you that you can help? What kind of emotions that's at the brink?
I feel really inspired. I think what a lot of people overlook is, is it seems like I'm the person who's working to is doing big things. I want that to be an inspiration to girls, when I see the stories that girls build through, for example, her story project where we one on one pair girls together with an experienced mentor, then with their mentor, they have a chance to create a physical final product, whether that is starting a business or a podcast or writing an article for a large magazine. These are final projects that I see these girls building a name for themselves. They each word for their own name, everything is published under their face, they get experience in the field with skills that they would never have access to. is inspiring to me. That's the estimated emotion that every story that is completed just keeps me going. And it's like a never-ending loop. There's another one that ends and another one that begins at it's a really great chain of events and I love it.
And do you have some more specific plans? What is going to happen next for you? When we look from you know the outside, you deliver so much value to the world. But what are your personal next steps or x milestones next goals? How do you see your future?
Yeah, totally. College is next I want to continue my education, I'm still not committed as to where I will go, the options are open. I definitely want girls future-ready to keep developing I have a few projects in mind that I am slowly inching towards. So that will be really exciting. If anyone in the audience wants to keep up with that. Just make sure to follow girls feature Eddie on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn or just follow my LinkedIn Sofia corner. I have a lot of ideas, but not very much time, unfortunately. everything seems to be moving super quickly. But in terms of personal goals, definitely continuing my education and, and building that path for myself in life. I'm still young, I think I have so many doors ahead of me. So I have that time.
You have multiple options as we all have, like just depending on what path we are choosing. You say you're still educating yourself like you're at school. Is there also any plan for you over self-education? I mean, as a CEO, this is probably not the skill that you can really get at school. This is my experience. I never really got the skill set that could even prepare me for being the CEO as I am right now. But what can you advise suggest to other young people who are maybe not at this stage as you are so they are not the CEOs yet but they are thinking maybe they have some ideas but they don't feel confident enough. They don't feel that they match. What would you suggest? Can we read something Can you can you recommend some podcasts, some inspiring books, anything that inspires you or inspired you in the past?
I think all of that is fake. Okay. So much of it that goes into it is from experience. If you live your whole life with an idea, but you don't act upon it. You never really had an idea. I think if you spend your whole life reading books about investing money, but never invest a single cent, did you ever get rich? No, you might be rich and thoughts, and you might be rich and opinions. And that is extremely important. But if you plan to make an impact on the world, you can't just read and listen to other people, attending events like these and listening to people's advice. I think it's crucial, I think it's so important. But doing an excess of that, and continue reading and listening and planning gets excessive very quickly. I think the best way to learn is to start because there will always be mistakes and barriers and challenges that no one else has ever experienced, that you could have never prepared for. So getting yourself out there and starting that first business starting that first project, no matter how small it is, or how small of a budget you have, or if you think that idea isn't the best idea you're going to have in your whole life, it doesn't matter. Because of that learning experience, you will only gain from putting yourself out there and not just continue reading over and over and over again.
I know that's probably not the answer you were hoping for. But that is what I really, really think as I told you, this is like a very open conversation. Some people you know, have like ready to use the list of books that they can provide you with, you know, in any topic they can find some people based on, you know, like talking to people checking on things. And I definitely like this practical approach a lot. This was my initiative to test to experiment and to see what the outcome of that would be. So I share a very similar view to yours. What kind of skills you acknowledge that you have gained over this time of being the CEO? Is there anything that you know, probably, of course, like the whole life can give us skills, but like the role of the CEO? What, what did you learn thanks to it. Totally, totally.
I think public speaking is really part of it. Girls feature we place so much emphasis on argumentation and public speaking, being prepared to step onstage. Having the 62nd pitch of yourself that you can present anywhere and to anyone is super, super crucial. Something that I've learned over time at presenting at conferences is how to tell my story in a way that people will want to listen and people can make the most out of that's been really important for me. And that's been such a skill that I've worked so hard to foster that I'm glad it's developing in the right direction. It is also something that I really love. I love spreading the mission of girls feature idea through public speaking, I'm able to do that. That's definitely one thing. I think a second thing that you learn very quickly is a level of professionalism, something that you don't expect from a lot of young people being in an environment that you're expected to be professional to dress professionally to speak at an eloquent level, those levels skyrocket immediately. That is something that you don't exactly learn in school just through writing essays, how to effectively craft an email, how to craft an email that people will want to read, it will read how to craft an email that people will see and listen to to and possibly act upon. LinkedIn, LinkedIn is a huge skill. Someone who is young doesn't always know how to use LinkedIn. But now I see myself meeting with my friends on campus and explaining to them how to set up a LinkedIn and how to use it, which I think is a great gift and great skill, and something that will definitely be extremely helpful in the future. So those three skills, of course, amongst so many others have been having really stand out to me as a way of personal development. I've also learned a lot about self-acceptance, that there are so many people that will not follow what you do. There are so many people who will say no, so many people who will even insult you. I remember I reached out to a polish blogger who is really involved in teaching English as a part of the girls English writing programme where all of the programmes that girls feature really, really heavily developed English skills. I was convinced she would maybe be open for at least a small conversation or collaboration or share some of our experience. I emailed her and the response for four weeks. I wrote a follow-up email. No response. I wrote one last follow up and I was like, Okay if she doesn't respond, this is it. I'm dropping it. She responds to that email within maybe 15 minutes and she says, Please stop emailing me. I do not want to hear from you. I do not support it. This is as not a playground for little girls. I have many more important things to do in my life in my career. Thank you. Goodbye. I was so how'd you feel? Yeah, how does it How did it make you feel? having like a very like I would say like strong no message here. Complete rejection. It's a slam of a door in your face that it even hits your forehead as you go out. It's terrifying. And that's something that I think so many people are scared of when they start. And I'm not going to stand here and tell you that it doesn't happen, because it does that rejection and that failure, it will always have usually prominent it will be happening, it will keep showing up in your life, it will keep occurring and occurring and occurring over and over and over and over again. But you have to learn from that. And what's that really what that's really taught me is that I am more than just that one project, I am more than just that one communication, that one email that one person I was trying to collaborate with. rejection is normal and rejection is okay. For every 100 people that say no one person will say yes, and you have to go search for that one person who will say yes to you, being a young leader is not easy. But having that understanding is really, really important. I think the idea of women's solidarity and having women support women has been really big. I don't know if you have any experiences with female support versus male support if that's something that's been a part of what you do, but I know for me, it's been a huge part as well.
I happen to be in a very open environment. And I feel like it's like a very huge luck for me that I was surrounded by people who are radical to support. I had some incidents, unfortunate especially with some male business partners, Who asked you know, like, I also started like, early, I started when I was 16, with the startup ecosystem, and so on, so forth. And I was getting questions. Oh, but like, Can you tell me how old you are? Like, you don't look like a serious, you know, business partner. And I was like, sorry, what? Like, you know, should I ask about your age? Should I ask about your I don't know, family matters, like these, are private things. And as long as we do it, all of what we're doing professionally, then it does not matter. But I would like to refer to this woman solidarity. I think that there is something going on just right now with with with your initiatives and your foundation. Could you say a little bit more about this, but I feel super inspiring.
Sure, I would love to. We currently launched for the month of March, which is a women's month undoubtedly. We loud we launched lamp oh my gosh, we launched the hashtag women solidarity series. It is a nomination based series where anyone girls or guys can nominate women up to 24 years old who have initiatives. So for example, if you know a person, let's call her married, married has an interesting initiative, either a business or a nonprofit or she has some crazy idea that she's acting on or a mission that she supports or is an activist for something we want to hear her story. The media is clouded by celebrities who just want to show off how skinny their bodies are, or who has the more expensive dress. Social media is surrounded by girls that are hidden by layers of makeup just to be able to post beautiful pictures of themselves. That is not what girls feature it is about. The media loves scandal. We love initiative. We want girls whose initiatives we can showcase. And that is why woman solidarity sees here if you would like to nominate a girl to be featured and receive the publicity from girls featured ready to be able to promote their project make their audience larger than we're here to nominate just go either on our Facebook or LinkedIn or Instagram, you will be able to find a short link there were super quick form, maybe like four or five questions, super simple, fill in all the information and we will get in touch and we will nominate her and publish her story on our profiles to show them to the world. publicity is key especially when you're building something that not many people know about. The girls who necessarily haven't mentioned the women's solidarity series yet, but a lot of girls that have been involved in girls feature ad programmes were able to gain investments from venture capitalists were able to be featured in interviews, one of our girls was just on the cover of cookie dough magazine. With many girls who have articles in Glenmore and these stories showcasing the further into the world, we believe that it starts from someone telling the story and we want to be that someone.
Exactly and I feel like we have some you know, sometimes in our genes we have something like written down that we should not, you know, boast, we should not pry it off with things we're doing, which is totally probably the opposite of what we should do as potentially, you know, new founders, new CEOs or just you know, like some community members when we, when we really have something to you know, to propose to others. Let's you know, make some noise about that. And I feel like this is the initiative that really helps and I feel this kind of like social support and social You know, like feeling that there are other girls that already noticed you and no mean like, would like to nominate you to be there too, you know, to be famous to be proud of what you're doing. This is like an amazing activity that you're doing. And I feel it's, it can help a lot. So I am super happy that you know, you just started it and I hope more ladies more girls will join. Do you have already some feedback from the audience? Can you tell us a little bit more if, if there are some high potential new stars on this, you know, like social projects and business projects, Sky
100%, there are so many stars ahead. We have received multiple nominations, we are slowly inching them out on our social media. So far two of them have been published, and we are rolling in even more of them. Um, there's so many wonderful girls, so many of them with a real passion for what they do. I think when the media only loves talking about huge scandals, there has to be someone that will publish their initiatives and, and, and seeing these girls motivates me and motivates me to continue working. And it helps them It really does. They, they gain attraction to their projects, they gain volunteers, they gain supporters in their area. So being able to showcase that story has been really important to so many of them and so important to us as well.
Cool. That is that is wonderful. And you know, sometimes I think that we should just engage more like girls, we should you know, unite. And this is my next question. As you also mentioned marches devoted to girls devoted to ladies, this is like this very famous Women's Day. And also I wanted to highlight that we start our Polish SEO class serious with a very lady meeting to highlight that we are really active really really doing well delivering, I would like to ask how does it work cooperating with girls? Like, what kind of skills you put much more pressure on? Like, what do you think? Because like, every region, like American girls, European girl, Sea region, girls, we behave slightly differently. What specific character traits Do you observe in the local communities of girls? And what do you try to you know, highlight what kind of values you would like to teach to show to support? Sure, totally.
Confidence. One word, goal to develop. I know it seems like when they Oh, just be more confident. No, it's true. we'll tie that easy Oh, issue and problem and development, showing girls that they can. travelling the world I've realised that girls in Finland are much more confident because there is no discrepancy in women empowerment. Women and men are simply equal. And that was an amazing environment to be in. Here in the US. Everyone is very mission-driven. Because women empowerment is such a big topic. So many people take the initiatives to make that issue better to add their two cents to help it in Poland, I don't see very much of that. I think girls are still scared to raise their hand in the back of a math or science classroom. I think girls are scared to be called bossy. I think girls feel like they have to be hidden behind layers of makeup and expensive clothing just to be accepted. I think girls are scared to showcase their project because they're scared of that rejection. Having that confidence and having the mindset of a girl boss is so difficult to develop. What we found is the only way to do that is through example, having girls participate in specific projects, to show them that they can, that they're able to that they with the experiences that they have, and with the knowledge that they have, they're able to get out into the world and create things create projects follow through with physical things that they create, with the help of a mentor, with the help of a native English speaker, Speaker they're able to develop confidence is like on the side. They're developing a huge project. And while they're doing so they're able to learn confidence as well. And that has been the most empowering, I guess, I think I think it's so important to develop it no matter where you go. But I think mentoring is a very difficult process at the same time. Do you observe that girls are generally ready and open for being mentored by somebody you know, like, it's not the same as being you know, in a classroom with a teacher with somebody who's like giving you a lecture because he's like a very More like direct and practical? How do you observe girls react to your propositions? Sure, I totally. I think we're lucky to have a really great group of girls. That is one thing to say that the girls who participate in our programmes are very open to that mentorship. That doesn't mean that they're all confident and outgoing. We have a lot of girls who started out very shy. And thanks to these mentorship programmes were able to grow. Are they open to mentorship? I think 100% Yes. But the reason why I think that is is that our story, which is our biggest mentorship programme is unique. A lot of mentorship programmes just give you a mentor, you come and sit down, and you sit down in your meeting, whether in person or on zoom, you just kind of sit there and retiling them about your story. And then you talk and then you leave, and nothing really happens. No girls feature, it is not like that. We make sure that these girls execute a concrete project with their mentor. So they're not applying to be able to meet with their mentor they're applying to execute that project. What does that look like? writing an article, creating a brand producing a podcast, creating social media content, designing a PR campaign, one of our girls designed an interior design space, a real space in her house and completely redesigned it using professional materials to be able to do so? Well, these are stories of girls who started out maybe extremely shy. But because they started working on this project, they knew what their final goal was. They didn't come and talk to their mentor. Oh, your hair looks pretty today. How was your morning? The sun is shining? No, you come in you me and you talk business. You've talked about exactly what your goal is. And that is what gets these girls up front on the stage and the most confidence that can be just through developing these programmes.
Cool. We have one comment I need to mention, as I said, in my eyesight seems like being a CEO is more of a lifestyle and a position. Would you agree?
Yes. Our generation and our world right now. We don't need CEOs. We don't need bosses. We don't need people to tell us what to do. We need leaders. So being a leader is not exactly a position to be a leader anywhere you are no matter how big or how small. And I think being a leader is a lifestyle as well.
Yeah, that's definitely and if you describe how your lifestyle looks like being a leader definitely doesn't mean that you divide your life isn't like you're a different person, being a leader and then being back home like you live with this idea. And I feel like this is this is the best thing that you live with it and it makes it great. I have an additional question about mentoring one more question about the mentoring process. What kind of mentors do you try to find? I happen to see some of the screens and some of the materials that you posted after or during the meetings that you were having, but what kind of inspiration do you provide to these girls, what kind of industry specialists or like other their passions and they want to try things out?
I believe that when we're young, we have the capability to try out things that we think that we will be good at. That's why we have mentors from various fields, fashion, media stem interior design, like I was talking about all of these different fields range from completely one end of the spectrum to the complete another end of the spectrum. And I think that's really fabulous. You can join a herstory masterclass with someone media, but then you can join a herstory project to create a presentation in STEM, but then you can also join girls global-ready and talk to a native English speaker who, who is your age. It's really a tremendous group and a tremendous diversity. Who do we look for women mentors, all of our mentors are female, not because we don't think we shouldn't be learning from males but because we really support the idea of woman solidarity, women supporting women, we want to show that women should not be jealous of one another? So much of being a girl and being a friend as a female usually involves either going behind your friend’s backs or gossiping or being jealous of their achievements. No, we want to show that girls have to support each other. If we're not there for one another, no one will be topics of women empowerment will never keep going forward. That being said, women, girl bosses, girl, women who are in high executive positions in companies, they are self-starters, they're entrepreneurs, women who know the field that they're in, or have a connection to a big brand where girls can get to know what it's like to work, for example, for glamour magazine, or for a woman empowerment blog, like w insight. These are all places where we want girls to develop. And I think they're the best place for girls to be who they are like in the greatest hands. And the great thing is that you also give them the chance to still like discover, they may enter the programme of their own ideas, but I understand from what you're saying that they are still like, you're still open, to let them have the new ideas for themselves new paths, new directions, is it true 100% it's only a first few steps to be paired with your mentor and start working on a project. There's a lot of freedom for the girls to take.
We have more comments here. Maybe I will start with the first one. I think in Poland, being a confident girl is borderline scary. How do girls future ready showed girl that confidence is key despite what can happen to bossy girls. How do you divide like, Great I feel approach towards leadership with the bad one. I mean, because it can go in different directions being bossy in this negative sense, creating the CEOs that are you know, like supervising, micromanaging and having like the sustainable leaders that we are like trying to create this kind of environment for the future leaders? How do you make sure that the leader that enters your programme and finishes your programme will be the sustainable leader of the future?
I think the best way to develop leaders is by example, we choose our mentors very carefully. And we work with them for two months, even before they're announced to the girls future-ready community to be a part of we promote women who are good leaders, we show those good examples. And we believe that these girls are learning from these examples. And that is the way that they're acquiring most and many of the skills
How do you then evaluate the programme itself? Do you use any tools to check if the girls that entered the programme made some progress? Or if they feel more confident? Is there any way for you to observe what?
you know, bring back to the relaxed reality after the programme, for example, it's very evident. It's girls who first didn't speak up at any of the girls future-ready webinars, but now are asking plenty of questions. Seeing that kind of progress and change has been very, very clear and evident. Um, the final mark of a project is completing the project that you signed up for whether that is publishing the article that you wrote with your mentor, or that is submitting your final design for an interior design project to your client. It is all within that. How do we track this change through feedback, feedback from mentors, feedback from girls who are part of this programme on how to improve it to be better, but also what they really gained from it and what their benefits were? So learning by doing and evaluating by doing, which is like dressing, you don't make theories on that. You just do that. You have to keep going. Yeah. In the actual, question Questions section, I'm not sure if you want me to go ahead and answer those. But I asked them so no worries, I will try to cover them. I take a look at the questions here on aramid. And also on our Facebook conversation here. We have a Facebook question. Could you maybe tell me something more about projects, conferences or other success stories that emerge? Thanks. Thanks to or withheld of girls future-ready. Magda asked maybe about some projects with the names Could you please maybe make it bolder so people can follow it can check on it? Totally, totally. One of our projects or our mentees that participated in her story programme was Yuka. She was the louder it for her story project with the podcast is Hello Jeff Janet. She won the project she was able to start working with Hello Jeff Jeannette and her project was to create her own podcast. She created man's approach Academy as a platform for self-love body positivity. She is a huge advocate for women's empowerment and women's rights. To me, she's a huge inspiration, the path that she's taken, the bold statements and the overcoming of barriers and challenges for her how has been extremely inspirational. I really recommend that you listen to me as opposed to Cammy I think she really has a lot of really, really important things to say. Another programme was with Ashe judging SCA she is the interior design Lowery she won. The project with my chase cup is Jessica Davis, who has her own interior design firm. With her, she created a whole interior design project, and she had her work published in Glenmore magazine as well. So those are two case studies. I know I'm looking at the time a little bit, but those are two examples. So many more we have. We recently celebrated the one year anniversary of her story actually around three or four months ago. So we're nearing the one and a half year anniversary of her story, which is crazy. It's been going on for so long. We announce a new mentor pretty much every single month. So we have over 15 of these success stories. Each of them can be followed on our social media.
Cool. That is amazing. One more question. I also take a look at the clock. So no worries, I will. I will squeeze it. But might also ask to add one more question. How many girls are there in girls future-ready? Are you an international team who give us more of the backstage of the board itself consists of people that work either
on-site in Poland, some people that were in Washington, some people in the Boston area who are near me, it is all very spread out because we want to be able to hit every single spot. Girls feature Eddie has been considering expanding to a few different countries internationally as well. And if we have I can't really spoil where but if we do end up doing that, then there will be bleeders who will be working on-site in those countries as well. So that is backstage. But then we have an amazing network of volunteers who don't count as the necessary board. But over 200 mentors from the US and Canada working in hashtag together for teachers over 100 mentors working in girls global-ready volunteers on site in Poland developing books and reading to kids in English in preschools and kindergartens, to tell them my English is important even at a very young age. So this network of volunteers has grown to an enormous scale with people who support the girl’s future-ready mission, who support the girl’s speech reading name. And they're able to meet possible what we do at such a large scale. Like I said before, we impact over 50,000 students annually. So having that impact takes a lot of organisation especially from our volunteers.
And you somehow like coordinate that this is also amazing as your role as the CEO, I imagine that it's not that easy to put it all together. That is just amazing is I can't stop saying that. And I think that we should definitely also spread some news. Is there any chance if we have some young girls listening to us or will then listen to the podcast? What is the truck to get to the programme of graffiti already? Could you give us an instruction even though you have neighbours or anybody in our surrounding what
because we want to make girls feel ready for all of you guys. A few paths depending on what you're looking for. We have a few programmes that will be starting up a new addition over the summer so these are yearly programmes such as girls global-ready and together for teachers is the programme where we have native English speakers from the US and Canada come into classrooms in central Eastern Europe. If you are a teacher who works at a score principle or I would like your students’ teacher in English to be involved in this programme, direct them to our social media we will be posting about together for teachers when the applications open. Similarly, girls global-ready is very similar programme native speakers but one on one to be able to talk to someone completely for free to exchange experiences talking English be part of the English language. To get to that also direct to the social media. We will be opening the third edition of this programme over the summer as the new school year begins. How about now what can you do now? To programmes her story and her story masterclass? Her story is a programme where one on the one you get paired with a mentor expert who is an executive at a company who is working in various different fields and you have a chance to work with them and execute a programme together to apply to this. Social media. Again, everything is on our social media. Keep your eyes out we will be posting within the next few days about a new mentor who can apply for applications are super easy. You fill out a form mentioning your name or why you want to be a part of this programme you record a quick 62nd video telling us a little bit about yourself why you want to be a part of it. And then our mentor decides which one of the applicants she would like to work with. That is how you get into her Story masterclass. Once again we will be announcing a new her story masterclass mentor who will be coming in to speak to us. They will be announced within the next few days. This form is even easier you pretty much just put in your name and a few questions you want to ask. And you will be notified if you get accepted. We take 10 girls for her story masterclass. With exciting mentors, this is a workshop so that one a half hour workshop where you get a chance to ask questions to a very interesting individual. One more thing I will say, if you have a project and you would like to be featured on the girls feature at social media, make sure to be a part of the woman's solidarity series, either nominate yourself, click that link so that you're nominating yourself. We support self-love, you can totally nominate yourself. If not if you know someone who you would like to nominate who you think we should feature, also nominate that we want to hear their story, we want to show their story on our social media. That is also our social media. So go ahead and go over there at girls future Edie on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, feel free to also follow me on LinkedIn, which is just Sofia, Canada, will connect with you, I promise. And then you can keep track of what's happening.
Everything is on our social media, everything I think is pretty well explained. So if you just direct a girl over there, and she's keeping up with what we're doing, I'm positive she will find something for herself. So definitely go and check girl's picture already, in every single way on the internet, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, I know that you're very active. So I can promise you guys that if you go and check, then you will be very, very updated. And you can spread the news. This is what it is about. Let's spread the news. And let's build this future girl. A great ecosystem that you're building. We are almost heading to an end. Almost one, just one question more. And one comment more what our children must be learned in early the early years gaining skills and implements your values. Yeah, so for kids yet, don't you say that the sooner the better.
The sooner the better, especially for young girls. We have to put ourselves out there and learn these skills as soon as we can. And grocery God is there to do that.
So one more and last thing, what kind of message would you like to, you know, leave for us to think about what you know what is going in your mind throughout the years of you being active or you helping girls being there for girls? What would you leave us with as a kind of like, you know, a bottom line?
Sure. marches a women's month. So I would like to end with one of my favourites favourite women's solidarity quotes, which is the kind of woman who fixes another woman's crown without telling the world that was crooked. Either mother supports each other. That is how we're going to inch towards full woman empowerment.
And that is amazing. And I would really like to thank you so much for being here with us today. Yeah, in Poland, we are going to sleep right now. But I hope that you will have an amazing day and the rest of your day will be just great. For everybody who would like to, you know, get to know graffiti already. Please do it. We will try to post a little bit about that on our social media. I also personally spread the news. So I hope I will still be able to spread it around. And yeah, thank you so much for being here. Thank you for accepting an invite. And I hope we just met in an amazing way we launched CEO, class Poland. So I hope we will grow. And thank you once again for our conversation today. Of course thank
you so much for having me really a pleasure to talk to you and to share my story.
Thank you so much. And see you guys right now it's time to say goodbye. So why