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February 5, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 5, 2011

Offering great opportunity and enriching experiences for local Detroit youth.

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seeing how rewarding the experiences are for participants

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

...I don't know!

February 5, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 5, 2011

Mosaic Youth Theater and it's programs for young performers is amazing and is creating excellence though it's work with children and young adults.
My 9yr old daughter attended Mosiac's summer program. I had high expections going in, having seen Mosaic's outstanding teen performers at 2
other venues; yet the summer program still exceeded my expectations.
During the program, my daughter was excited every day to learn the beginnings of ensemble performance and eargerly shared her experience daily. In only 3 weeks she and her camp mates put on a wonderful play to exhibit what they had learned. The staff was patient, concerned, interactive, engaging, supportive and well-trained on the needs of their youngest level participants.

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I attended the required parent meeting before the camp began which outlined a well-thought out and defined strategy for engaging the children and parents. The staff demonstrated committment to the tenants of the program and excitement for ensuring the artistic, social and psychological development of the whole child.

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

Expand the programs offerings for small children. This is where they are currently planting positive, perhaps, life altering seeds in these children.

February 5, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 5, 2011

Young lady I know has blossomed through participation in MOSAIC. She has come out of her shell and has learned her value as an individual in society. MOSAIC teaches young artists the importance of giving back to the community through performances at nursing homes, youth lock ups, etc. All of the shows are full of energy, fun, precision, and competence. The kids must have an academic standing of 3.2 GPA or above and regular attendance in rehearsals. These things teach responsibility. At least one young person take Detroit public transportation to and from which displays a great degree of desire to be a part of something larger than himself. Great all around organization for youth to teach them about life through the arts.

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Joy of experiencing the shows and watching the youth grow in so many ways.

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

Try to find more ways to advertise/market the organization.

February 5, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 5, 2011

Mosaic is a great program for teenagers in the Detroit area. They are exposed to the arts and grounded in work ethic. I have been to their performances and they are phenomenal. It is a program that works. It needs to be duplicated throughout the country. It also needs to be duplicated in other fields of the arts in the Detroit area since there are so many talented youths here with little to do. I gave to this organization because I am a resident of Detroit and I am very much vested in these future leaders.

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when I see youth fro this organization graduating from high school and going on to college. Many of their peers do not experience the same success and I believe Mosaic is a big part of their success.

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

offer it to more youth. Expanding the program would be a great idea.

February 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011

As a former member of Mosaic I understand how the FREE training they provide impacts the lives of youth in the Metro-Detroit area. I not only gained valuable theatrical experince, but the techniques I learned (such as memorization and speaking from my diaphragm) have helped me in just about every aspect of my life. I proudly support all they do and am glad to see their great work continue!

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too many ways to count. An easy benefit to state is that it gave me something productive to do with my time, which led to a major production being performed; as opposed to spending my time engaging in other activites that could have been damaging to my future and society as a whole (which would have been easy to do in Detroit).

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

accept everyone who auditions; although they probably do not have the resources for it. However, they offer additional classes. I was told that they do not turn anyone away. Youth who are not accepted into the main ensembles are recommended for one of the classes. If true, that is great; but I would place everyone who auditions in the main ensemble so they can receive the same great experience I had as an ensemble member! Also, the return of the technical component would be great as well.

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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

How did you find this group?

I do not remember how I first heard about Mosaic, but a former member told me about the auditions.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Wow, where do I begin? Mosaic gave me a true appreciation of good theatre; but more importantly, we contributed to the writing of the initial production of heartBEAT. The play is basically about the struggle between Love & Hate. Participating in that process has helped me deal with those emotions throughout my life. I was also fortunate to see the musical Rent for this first time through Mosaic (because I was old enough to handle the themes and issues); which taught me that (sometimes) there is "no day but today", and is something I carry with me throughout my daily life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011

Mosaic is a truly inspiring organization that transforms the lives of young people through involvement in the arts. The youth who participate in Mosaic's programs are confident, charismatic, and well-spoken young leaders...a true testament to the efficacy of the program. Go and see a Mosaic performance for yourself - you won't believe that you are seeing and hearing students and not seasoned professionals!

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

Interacting with the young artists and watching their highly professional performances

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

Hire another full time development staff person - this is a highly effective and fundable program that could generate even more donations (translating directly into more students reached) with a larger staff.

February 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011

We've seen Mosaic performances several times over the past years and each time it has been a profoundly moving, joyful experience. A few examples:
Motown "Now That I Can Dance"--the audience was literally dancing in their seats--great story well told by great performances--the singing was just
awesome--saw it twice!
Fisk Jubilee Singers--exquisite singing--still makes me shiver to think of the talent in that --it was a truly transcendent moment to hear the singing and learn about the Singers' story
Magnificat--the audience was mesmerized and jumping and shouting all at once hearing the great, great gospel music
Woodward Wonderland--great memories well told by kids too young to remember much of the wonderful Detroit memories!

This group is an outstanding example of what is exactly right with Detroit. It's mission of creating a safe, nurturing place for Detroit area teens to develop their talent and be held to high standards is absolutely spot on. There's so much talent in this town and this is exactly the outlet it needs now that music in DPS is no longer the priority it was long ago.




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When attending performances and seeing the end result of very hard work on the part of the entire organization.

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The one piece of constructive criticism I have is that Rick Sperling needs to turn over management of this group to a COO and put all his incredible talent at fundraising and getting the word out full time!

February 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011

Mosaic Youth Theater is an awesome program. I've had two youngsters to go through the program. It has helped them to develop more confidence in themselves and their ability to deal with everyday life functions. They have both become leaders in any group that they become active with. Mosaic pushes students towards excellence in both academics as well as social events. As a result of my kids being a part of Mosaic they take on challenges and new adventures with a sense of great accomplishment and competitiveness. The training that Mosaic provides for the young artist free of cost is first rate. Mosaic takes you from your starting point and by the end of the year you are performing almost at a professional level again free of cost. Both of my kids enjoyed being apart of Mosaic but wanted to kind of be low keyed. The directors saw leadership potential in both of them and pushed them both into leadership roles. I also like the idea that the artist are also exposed to college tours to help them in their college aspirations. The parent group is great. We enjoyed getting together to do additional things to help out children and to also let them know that we too have an invested interest in the program. Mr. Rick Sperling made us feel at home and allowed parents to support the program with fundraisers, potluck dinners and cookouts. I truly felt as the youngsters felt that this was out "extended family". I really hope that Mosaic Youth Theater continues to get the financial support from corporate sponsors so that other Metropolitan youth can have a positive role model as my kids have experienced.

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Seeing the excitement and growth of my children both academically and personally.

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

I don't think there is any one thing that I would want to change.

February 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011

i've donated and volunteered and i've been in the audience at some great shows. mosaic makes every dollar count and produces great entertainment that is at times also great art-- crossing 8 mile is a case in point.

The Great!

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some fantastic shows i saw

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

help it reach more kids in Detroit and its suburbs

February 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011

Mosaic is an excellent organization for the development of young talented youth in and around the Detroit area, My son was in Mosaic for several years. What he learned there helped him to develope his acting and singing talent and go on to travel the world with many touring companies. My granddaughter is now a member and she loves the friendships, the acting and singing skills that she has been able to develope there. This is a very positive group for our youth and should be supported.

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Training given to my son and granddaughter.

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

not change anything, but I would get them more funding so they could serve more youth.

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