Mission: In Her Shoes Foundation (IHSF) is a 501(c)3 organization that is dedicated to making a positive impact on society by empowering women and girls. IHSF's vision is to empower and inspire every woman and girl to be her personal best.
Our mission is to embrace the potential of all women and girls by providing:
• Positive Influences
• Learning Opportunities
• Community Partnerships
• Leadership Development
IHSF’s core values form the foundation of how we conduct ourselves as an organization. These are also the qualities we value and encourage in our members and volunteers. We are:
Kasia Wereszczynska, MA, LCPC, NCC, RYT, Eagala Certified MHP, the founder of In Her Shoes Foundation (IHSF), served for many years as a crisis worker supporting young girls and women on the south-side of Chicago and the North Shore area. These experiences led her to want to further inspire and empower women and girls, and so the In Her Shoes Foundation began to expand it’s mission.
In Her Shoes Foundation (IHSF) began as the Positive Girls Club in 2008 as a forum for women of all ages to build strong individual and community relationships in the Chicagoland area. In 2011 the Club was formalized and it became In Her Shoes Foundation (IHSF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Today, through our Professional Development Workshops, Giving Back initiative and our flagship program, Ready Set Girls Academy, we strive to create a nurturing and positive environment for women and girls of all backgrounds to empower and inspire them to be their personal best. Today, IHSF has over 60 committee volunteers and an executive team of committee chairs working in close collaboration to deliver the Foundation’s programs in the local community. We are run entirely by volunteers.
Target demographics: Through IHSF's flagship program, Ready Set Girls Academy, we’re giving girls the tools they need to navigate life's challenges in a positive way.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 265 students, partnered with over 43 community organizations and provided professional development workshops to over 200 paticipants.
Geographic areas served: Our vision is to empower and inspire every woman and girl to be her personal best.
Programs: We’ve created a curriculum to teach young women essential life skills and coping techniques. We aim to improve their self-esteem and encourage them to reach for higher achievement.
The program is free and available for:
• High schools
• Middle schools
• Community organizations
We provide all the materials and trained volunteer Group Mentors who run the program.
Our lessons are interactive and provide a safe and caring learning environment.
Girls learn a lot about themselves and each other through group discussions.
Middle School Program
Our middle school program helps girls aged 10-14 explore who they are. Lessons are focused on:
• Mind and body
High School Program
Our high school program helps girls aged 14-18 think about who they want to become. Lessons are focused on:
• Healthy living
• Social skills
I had the privilege to volunteer with the Ready Set Girls program during my time with IHSF. I love the emphasis on community involvement and how excited the girls were to give back to their community. The dedication of the volunteers and support from the IHSF organization provided a truly wonderful experience for young girls to find their voice, learn leadership skills, and empower one another to be the best version of themselves.
During my time (2017-2018) at IHSF, I was the Program Coordinator, and I helped the organization with their outreach of the Ready Set Girls Program into different schools, and community centers. This program helped empower young girls with extra life skills that they were not necessarily able to see at school or at home.
Although I was one of the only males volunteering at the time, I think IHSF did a great job of making sure I was able to help in a meaningful way. This organization was a great way to meet other passionate people who want to make a difference in young girl's lives in the city of Chicago.
I volunteer as Legal Counsel for IHSF. I have been involved with the organization for over a year now. The Foundation makes a real impact on the girls they work with. The girls leave the Ready Set Girls Program feeling empowered and with high self-esteem. This helps to motivate them to continue to achieve. Some of the girls have gone on to college and contribute their success and drive to the skills they learned through IHSF's Programing. IHSF's mission makes a lasting difference.
I supported them as Chief Marketing Officer and they have wonderful programs to support young women to become confident and aspiring adults. It’s a great place for motivated people to meet similar people and use their spare time in a meaningful way.
Kasia the Executive Director and Founder of IHSF is the hardest working, most selfless and kindest people I have ever had the privelege of working with. Her heart is 100% in everything that she does. The programs that she has created like RSGA (Ready Set Girls Academy) has helped and will continue to help countless girls get prepared for what life will throw at them. These are necessary skills that these girls desperately need to learn and will help create a solid foundation enabling them to have a better future. There are no words that can describe how necessary this and other programs are. I am happy to volunteer here and would highly recommend that people join in. At this specific time in history we need to build strength, spread love, intelligence and encouragement and that is exactly what IHSF does.
Happy to be part of the In Her Shoes Foundation team! Have learned so much this past summer, and excited to continue my involvement! I got to work really closely with the executive director and other like-minded volunteers. I'm so inspired by everyone's dedication to the mission and being able mentor young girls and build their confidence.