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MOSAIC YOUTH THEATER OF DETROIT
February 7, 2011

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit has worked with the Head Start program with which I am employed for three years. The staff and youth participants of Mosaic have planned and implemented a series of interactive workshops for the older siblings of Head Start children and their parents.

Mosaic was sensitive and responsive to our needs in developing the workshops for an ethnically and linguistically diverse group of parents and youth.

I was very impressed by Mosaic staff's efforts to understand the HighScope approach to early childhood education. Significant teaching strategies relevant to HighScope were embedded in the workshop activities that were utilized with Head Start families.

Staff were flexible in modifying and individualizing their approach to workshop facilitation to make the experience relevant to youth and parents. They were respectful of Head Start participants who were limited in their verbal English language skills. I witnessed parents who began the series interacting only through smiles and conclude the series by verbally expressing their personal feelings and perspectives with confidence to the total group of participants.

Mosaic conducted workshops that "brought out" youth. Parents reported that they witnessed their son or daughter grow and mature as a result of their experience with Mosaic. Youth who began the series very hesitant to speak up in a group went on to participate in leading roles in their school plays and stage productions. For many of our Head Start youth, the Mosaic experience was life changing.

Mosaic's youthful singing and acting troupe members that participated in the workshop series acted as positive role models for Head Start youth. Several of the Head Start youth pursued involvement in Mosaic following the conclusion of the workshop series.

It is apparent that Mosaic is committed to its mission to empower young people to maximize their potential. I witnessed their tireless pursuit to maximize the development of Head Start youth.

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It was personally rewarding to see how youth matured through their participation in the workshop series conducted by Mosaic Youth Theatre.

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I see a need to groom more of the Mosaic youth participants for leadership positions within the organizations.

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I met and communicated with Mosaic staff to plan the workshop series. I also participated with Head Start youth and parents, as Mosaic facilitated the interactive workshops.

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