Atlas Corps celebrates its 15th anniversary! It is time to celebrate the achievements of our amazing network of over 1,100 leaders from 110 countries and share stories on the global impact of our Alumni, Fellows, and Scholars.

Join us as we speak with Atlas Corps Scholar Elena (Cohort 4, Russia) from our special cohort of the Atlas Corps: Russian & American Women’s Virtual Leadership Initiative. Dedicated to climate action, Elena has just completed her volunteer work with Trakai Historical National Park in Lithuania, where she encouraged the importance of waste management and park maintenance. Today, she shares with us her philosophy on individual action towards global change.

Thank you, Elena, for your work towards climate action and inspiring us all to take the next step towards a lasting global impact. We wish you the best in your current work and can’t wait to see what more you have in store for the future!

Name: Elena Kim

Home Country: Russia

Current Organization: Trakai Historical National Park

Role at current organization: Volunteer

Social Issues that you have worked with: Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action


Tell us about projects you have worked on?

The main goals for my project with the Trakai Historical National Park was to implement the idea of waste management and to maintain the greenery in the park by organizing and managing three trash-hunting campaigns, as well as organizing and conducting a performance for children, conferences, exhibitions, concerts.

Why is it important for you to work with climate action and National Park maintenance?

No matter how small we may feel or insignificant our actions may seem, change and transformation start with the individuals who take responsibilities and do their best in the best way they can. This is why I decided to start with myself. I drew my inspiration from the Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals.

Setting recycling bins in the historical center building for visitors to separate their trash, allowing park cleaners to place the trash into the bigger containers in the parking area

How has Atlas Corps contributed to your professional and personal accomplishments?

The Atlas Corps Virtual Leadership Institute gave me the opportunity to expand my networking and meet many wonderful people from all over the world. From this, I gained the courage and desire to continue my studies and build my career in the nonprofit area.

Happy face of a person who, after 4.5 months, was able to bring in containers for separate waste collection in the park.

What is your favorite Atlas Corps memory?

Throughout the Virtual Leadership Institute, the Atlas Corps team would organize meetings for us to engage with various experts in their fields. Two eminent personalities that were especially memorable to me were Atlas Corps Alumna Alisa and Dr. Marisa G. Franco, who explained the importance of being kind to yourself.

Photo taken during the trash-hunting campaigns

What advice do you have for applicants and current Scholars?

Even if you feel like you have little chance, try, experiment, and then try again and again. Although I do not know what lies ahead of me, I believe that if you want something very much, then there will be ways and opportunities. I believe in people and that together we can make this world a better place.

What message would you like to send to individuals who support Atlas Corps?

It is an honor for me to be an Alumni of Cohort 4, dedicated to Russian and American women, and I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in this program. I want to thank the entire Atlas Corps Team for their work, and offer many thanks to the donors for funding.

Celebrate 15 years of global impact with Atlas Corps! Join us to recognize this milestone anniversary and partner with our community of 1,100 social change leaders from 110 countries. Support Atlas Corps and empower our global community of changemakers who possess the training, skills, and network to solve the world’s most pressing issues. Will you make your #GlobalImpact with Atlas Corps?

Photo from Elena’s personal archive