Founders

Project Growing Up is created by Marieke and Carmen. They were working abroad together when they first implemented their empowerment programs in Asia and South America. Back in Holland Marieke decided to keep Project Growing Up up and running and officially turned it in to a foundation. 

Both ladies are still active to guard the success of the foundation and reach out to more youngsters. 
They update the programs and create new modules. Together they strive for an on-going development of the foundation and build a solid base by recruiting motivated volunteers and board members. 

Carmen de Wit
Carmen de Wit
President

Event manager

Marieke van Irsel
Marieke van Irsel
Project Developer & Manager, Trainer

Registered SKJ (Dutch Quality Youth Register Foundation) Youth coach

Board

Our board of directors is a variate group of people. They have diverse backgrounds and skills. What brings them together is their dedication and involvement towards Project Growing Up. This lovely group of people invest their time and creativity voluntarily.

The board is legally, financially, and morally responsible for our foundation. Together they contribute to the continuous great work of Project Growing Up. 

Teun van Irsel
Teun van Irsel
Secretary

Consultant

Marcel Berendse
Marcel Berendse
Board member

Project Manager and facilities

Margret van Irsel
Margret van Irsel
Board member

Pedagogue Academy

Roelof Schoonheim
Roelof Schoonheim
Treasurer & Accountant

Tax consultant

Volunteers

No foundation can maintain without volunteers. Project Growing Up is no different and therefor depending on the work of our volunteers. We do our best to link our foundation to motivated, loving and driven volunteers. We want volunteers to be inspired by our foundation. Ánd, as important, we want to be inspired by our volunteers.

Our volunteers spread our beautiful work. They make it happen and realize that more and more  kids can gain from our empowerment program.

Debby
Debby
Trainer

School social worker

Herlina Kusuma
Herlina Kusuma
Master Trainer Indonesia

Social worker

Sanderijn van der Doef
Sanderijn van der Doef
Project developer

International consultant sexual health and sexuality education

Nine Geertman
Nine Geertman
Photographer and Designer

Photographer

Belle Barbé
Belle Barbé
Project Developer & Trainer

Sexual Education Specialist

David Arnemann
David Arnemann
Website Admin & Data Privacy Officer

Marketing & Web Technology Specialist

Saskia Rácz
Saskia Rácz
Project Developer & Trainer

Sexual health consultant, medical anthropologist

Sacha Liedorp
Sacha Liedorp
Project Developer

Account Manager

Els Weerstra
Els Weerstra
Project developer & Trainer

Intervention developer/analyst