The Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Fernandez, Lyons, Greenwood, Oberman, Satterley & Bosl Foundation Youth Leadership Project

At Mosaic, for the first time I found myself hon­estly inte­grated into a diverse com­mu­nity. Because of this expe­ri­ence, I know what is pos­si­ble and am inspired to take action toward a more peace­ful future.” — Ariel, Youth Leader

We offer lead­er­ship train­ing for high-school and col­lege aged stu­dents who serve as men­tors for the 4th and 5th graders at our Outdoor School. The Project’s cur­ricu­lum addresses issues of dif­fer­ence while build­ing lead­er­ship skills. Youth Leaders undergo exten­sive train­ing prior to arriv­ing at the Outdoor School. Once there, the train­ing con­tin­ues as they serve as cabin lead­ers for a ses­sion, putting the­ory into prac­tice.

We offer the youth oppor­tu­ni­ties to par­tic­i­pate in events year-round, includ­ing dis­cus­sions, work­shops, guest lec­tures, game days, field trips, and ser­vice learn­ing projects. The Project encour­ages the growth of a vibrant cross-cultural com­mu­nity of youth through­out the Bay Area.

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I saw kids just ador­ing their cabin lead­ers. The age span is per­fect and the high school­ers per­formed beau­ti­fully as role mod­els. These rela­tion­ships make the Mosaic expe­ri­ence espe­cially pow­er­ful for the kids.”— Lesley Bell, Teacher

Outcomes

By the end of their par­tic­i­pa­tion in The Mosaic Youth Leadership Project, our Youth Leaders will:

have had a fun, mem­o­rable, and trans­for­ma­tional life expe­ri­ence in a beau­ti­ful, nat­ural out­door set­ting

have gained valu­able expe­ri­ence work­ing with younger stu­dents and built lead­er­ship and men­tor­ship skills

have devel­oped a mul­ti­tude of con­crete socio-emotional skills

includ­ing:

  • recog­ni­tion, man­age­ment, and healthy expres­sion of emo­tions
  • vocab­u­lary and capac­ity to talk about chal­leng­ing issues
  • team­work and coop­er­a­tion
  • empa­thy and appre­ci­a­tion for the per­spec­tives of oth­ers
  • resilience and self-care
  • com­mu­ni­ca­tion and con­flict res­o­lu­tion tools, includ­ing:
    • lis­ten­ing
    • effec­tively nav­i­gat­ing con­flict non­vi­o­lently
    • under­stand­ing and iden­ti­fy­ing pas­sive, aggres­sive, and assertive behav­ior and demon­strat­ing the abil­ity to be assertive
    • being an ally to oth­ers and know­ing how to pre­vent and stop bul­ly­ing

value diver­sity and have devel­oped con­crete skills to thrive and act justly in an increas­ingly diverse soci­ety

includ­ing:

  • under­stand­ing and being able to iden­tify stereo­types, prej­u­dice, and dis­crim­i­na­tion
  • rec­og­niz­ing and respect­ing each person’s unique­ness and inher­ent value
  • feel­ing con­fi­dent in nav­i­gat­ing cul­tur­ally diverse con­texts
  • being inclu­sive of oth­ers
  • build­ing rela­tion­ships across lines of dif­fer­ence
  • under­stand­ing fair­ness, priv­i­lege, and human rights

have devel­oped their self-efficacy and com­mit­ment to cre­at­ing pos­i­tive social change

includ­ing:

  • have height­ened self esteem, self respect, and self expres­sion
  • under­stand our inter­con­nec­tion and impact on one another and the envi­ron­ment
  • have cul­ti­vated a sense of agency and capac­ity to be an agent of pos­i­tive change
  • be com­mit­ted to work­ing towards build­ing peace­ful, inclu­sive com­mu­ni­ties through­out their lives
Read a Youth Leader’s blog about her Mosaic expe­ri­ence.

Read a pre­lim­i­nary anala­y­sis of youth leader eval­u­a­tions by Rotary World Peace Fellow and staffer Chris Lindstrom.

Students Who Came Back as Youth Leaders, at 2008 Fundraiser