Since 2003, in all program editions, over 37,000 educational projects have been carried out all over Poland in 2,500 schools involving 13,500 student volunteers and 370,000 pupils.
The program was supported by two former prime ministers, Professor Jerzy Buzek and Professor Marek Belka, who in 2007 volunteered to conduct vacation activities for children in several rural communes. In 2012, the Foundation for the Development of Voluntary Service, in cooperation with the Chancellery of the President of Poland, carried out the “Modern Patriotism” project, in which Ministers and Advisors at the Chancellery visited eight schools in small localities. The project under the honorary patronage of President Bronisław Komorowski was designed to popularize knowledge of patriotism, instill civic values among young people, teach local traditions and national symbols and foster tolerance and respect for other people.
Since 2011, the program has been monitored and projects carried out by student-volunteers have been evaluated on a regular basis. It serves both the direct measurement of the program results as well as recognition of its impact. Among the greatest advantages mentioned by student-volunteers are the opportunity to gain new, practical experiences, the development of communication skills, the possibility to establish new contacts, and the fact that schools of higher education acknowledge their civic activity. Educational institutions also find the program beneficial. It broadens their educational offer and improves school attractiveness making parents pleased that their children are part of the undertaking.
In 2018, 52 summer projects carried out by IT female students were implemented. Their objective was to increase interest in technology and formal sciences. The participants learned the basics of programming and robotics, as well as of 3D printing applications. The projects were implemented thanks to cooperation with Perspektywy Education Foundation which carried out the second round of the “IT for SHE” Program in Poland. A total of over 1,500 children from small towns and villages participated in these projects.
In the years 2005-2010 the Program was managed by the Polish Association of Pedagogues and Animators „Klanza”. Next, up until 2017, the program was managed by the Foundation for Development of Voluntary Service.
The Foundation has disbursed $6,808,010, including $317,868 for the current edition of the program.