The Mosaic Project

Rating: 5 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Arts & Culture, Education, Race

Location: 580 Grand Avenue, Suite 303 Oakland CA 94610 USA

Mission: The Mosaic Project works towards a peaceful future by reaching children in their formative years. We unite young children of diverse backgrounds, provide them with essential skills to thrive in an increasingly diverse society, and empower them to strive for peace. We create a microcosm of the diverse, inclusive, just world we want to see and show our young students that peace is possible. We seed the future population of middle schools, high schools, and all the venues of adult life with thousands of individuals who have seen a new possibility of what the world can be. Not only are our students inspired to work towards peace, they have been given concrete skills to do so and are empowered to take action.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first got involved with Mosaic when I went as a fifth grader. It is was a life changing experience. The last night at the program, we did a solo walk in the dark and then all gathered around to look at the stars. I remember looking up and seeing more stars than I ever had in the city, and this feeling of hope and confidence taking over me. I felt like I could do anything because I now had the tools to communicate with others. When I got into high school, i jumped at the opportunity to go back as a Youth Leader. I have since spend countless hours up at the Camp and time in the office and at events. The Mosaic community is so strong and welcoming, and I have made so many friends and mentors through it.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

This organization is extremely impressive! Leadership is thoughtful and strategic, planning is great, but the most impressive thing to me is the quality of the programs and the staff. Lara has assembled a diverse, talented, energetic, creative, committed and loving staff to work with the children, and she inspires them to come together to work harmoniously as a united team. The curriculum is well thought out and effective, and the results are clear. The Mosaic Project is making the world a more peaceful place.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have been up to the site in Napa a few times and have always been blown away. It is easy to see the excitement in the children and youth, and they readily share all they have been learning.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it more funding. The way I see it, The Mosaic Project has leveraged every dollar given to it and used it well. With more dollars, the organization could serve more children and youth and reach to more communities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Every walk of life has experienced the feeling of wanting to belong and fear of being left out. The Mosaic Project motivates youth to reach to the core of this feeling and learn to embrace self while having empathy towards others. Every walk of life. "It takes a village to raise a child". I will not hesitate to continue to spread the greatness of this organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have heard many testimonials from the children who have attended the camps.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Enable the organization to take their mission into every elementary school rather than children having to attend camps. Their mission, if practiced daily at school, will transform many children; which, in turn, will transform many households. Children are born into their living situations; it's not by choice if their situation is not of good standards. The Mosaic Project can help them work through many situations in youth and as adults.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I have been fotunate to have the ability to speak directly with Lara, the founder and her staff member, Teresa. Their team is so "alive" that they conimue to strengthen the organization before I can even think of ways to improve it.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

My thought process turning into action has become more easily doable from the motivation and growth of Mosaic Project and of which I have observed over 3 years time.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Aware of my own fear and more conscious of how others have varying degrees of fear, then relating that fear to our social (or lack of) skills

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

17 people found this review helpful

Through my daughter's work with The Mosaic Project, I have seen how it allows a person to find the best in themselves, to bring this to the community, and affect genuine and needed change. As a psychologist who has worked extensively with children, I appreciate the organization's ability to create a safe place for children to examine their beliefs, explore their hurts, and feel supported by a diverse community.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help millions to understand and appreciate differences, thereby living in far greater harmony.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

Rating: 5 stars  

17 people found this review helpful

The Mosaic Project is by far the most effective community working towards social justice that I have ever seen. Children are the ones who will grow up and affect how the world works. I often think about how Mosaic will affect the world, or even the bay area, twn years from now. When I imagine any situation that I am in, and how it plays out now, I compare it with how it would happen if even half of the people involved went to Mosaic when they were ten. It would change things immensely. Important tools are shown and made available in a way that is creative, not preachy. Reaching children at this age, when small seeds of peace can be planted in their lifeskills garden, is infinitely important. Mosaic does it beautifully.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hopefully have learned a great deal from those who run it. They are incredible.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning and growing all together as a community. Above all, Mosaic creates community and keeps it healthy through each session of campers. Staff and cabin leaders our their best to embody the kind of community we want to see, and there is much to be gained just from being there and being in it.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

literally make peace more possible.

Ways to make it better...

I could be at Mosaic all the time!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

NOT ENOUGH FUNDING!

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

Rating: 5 stars  

19 people found this review helpful

The Mosaic Project is undoubtedly the most inspiring community I have ever been a part of. I first became involved as a high school youth leader about five years ago, and I haven't been able to stay away since. The Youth Leadership Project provided me with the incredibly unique experience of living and working within a community that was more diverse, supportive, and open than any I had ever seen in high school or in the world around me. That experience continues to remind me that a different kind of world IS possible - one in which people from every walk of life can work together authentically and respectfully. Not only did my first experience with The Mosaic Project inspire the 4th and 5th graders that I was mentoring, it was one of the most formative moments in my life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the 4th and 5th grade students I worked with telling me that they are "ready to create a world filled with more peace."

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to integrate The Mosaic Project's curriculum into every elementary, middle, and high school.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the leadership skills I have gained from working with young students and from older mentors in the organization.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredibly diverse, representing the diversity of the students at the outdoor school, and extremely supportive, caring, and inspiring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach EVERY 4th or 5th grade student across the country with its crucial tools for creating a more respectful and peaceful world.

Ways to make it better...

I had discovered this inspiring community as an elementary school student and been able to participate in the outdoor school when I was 9 years old. I would be a different person today had I had that valuable opportunity of learning effective tools to resolve conflicts, understanding how interconnected the entire world is, and ways to work against stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination at a much younger age.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the lack of funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I don't think my life would be nearly as full and rich if I had not participated as a Youth Leader with The Mosaic Project over five years ago.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I am a teacher that brought my 4th grade students to the Mosaic Project camp in Napa and was blown away by how together the program is. After five days and four nights at Mosaic, my kids came home singing songs like "Fighting is not the solution..." and "We can live in equality, embracing our diversity...." They seemed to have really taken in lessons from games and activities they did on topics like prejudice & stereotyping, conflict resolution, assertiveness, and what it means to be an ally. Not only did the students have a great time, it seems to have made a significant impact on the atmosphere at our school. I would recommend this experience to any teacher and wish all elementary school students could attend Mosaic.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the positive behavior of my students.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

figure out how to get every 4th or 5th grade student in the Bay Area to attend one week at Mosaic Camp.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the quality and integrity of the staff facilitators and the high school students who work as cabin leaders.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, committed, and knew a lot about how to make kids feel comfortable in what, for many, was their first sleep-away camp experience.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

purchase its own camp site nearer to the Bay Area.

Ways to make it better...

the camp site was closer to Oakland so we wouldn't have had to drive the students so far.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial.

One thing I'd also say is that...

not only do the elementary school students receive a great experience, but the high school students who come from all over the Bay Area get great leadership skills. My 16 year-old daughter is going to look into Mosaic as an internship next year.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-6-01

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