Unique oppor­tu­nity to work with 9–11 year olds towards social change

Participate in our Youth Leadership Project & serve as a Cabin Leader at our Outdoor School.

Click HERE to Apply for Our Youth Leadership Project!

Returning Youth Leaders must com­plete a new reg­is­tra­tion every sea­son.

Returnees Register Here

*NOTE: Forms can­not be saved and fin­ished at a later date, so please set aside the time to fin­ish the appli­ca­tion includ­ing med­ical infor­ma­tion in one sit­ting.We expect the train­ings to fill early, so please get in your appli­ca­tions as soon as pos­si­ble. Finalists will be con­tacted for an inter­view.

This was a trans­form­ing expe­ri­ence for me as well as for the kids.  I’d been feel­ing really hope­less about the state of the world and my power to change things.  You helped give me hope and opti­mism and the reminder that even help­ing one per­son can make a huge impact on the world.  Thank you!”    – Kimberly, Mosaic Youth Leader

The Mosaic Project offers excep­tional lead­er­ship train­ing through our Youth Leadership Project (YLP) for youth ages 15–23 who serve as men­tors and cabin lead­ers for 4th and 5th graders. The YLP’s cur­ricu­lum focuses on the cel­e­bra­tion of diver­sity, aware­ness of stereo­typ­ing, prej­u­dice and dis­crim­i­na­tion, respect for and appre­ci­a­tion of self and oth­ers, team­work and coop­er­a­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and non­vi­o­lent con­flict res­o­lu­tion, as well as lead­er­ship and men­tor­ship skills. This cur­ricu­lum is deliv­ered through expe­ri­en­tial work­shops at the Mosaic office every Friday from 5pm-8pm and are open to the com­mu­nity.

Mosaic has helped me to respect myself and helped me to learn to take the risk of being a leader.”  – Chris, Mosaic Youth Leader

We are look­ing for dynamic, cre­ative, expe­ri­enced youth lead­ers who are pas­sion­ate about our vision.

  • Youth lead­ers will attend a week­end train­ing retreat in Napa in either March, April or August.
  • Youth lead­ers will also par­tic­i­pate as cabin lead­ers in at least one 4-night/5-day ses­sion of our res­i­den­tial pro­gram in Napa in May, June, September, or October.


  • Facilitate games/activities that encour­age stu­dents to appre­ci­ate and respect them­selves and oth­ers.
  • Provide a nur­tur­ing, safe, and fun learn­ing envi­ron­ment for our stu­dents.
  • Share your unique expe­ri­ences, tal­ents, and skills with our com­mu­nity.
  • Learn lead­er­ship skills and put them to use with younger stu­dents.
  • Keep up with aca­d­e­mic stud­ies dur­ing daily study hall while at the out­door school.

Desired back­ground:

  • At least 15 years old and a sopho­more in high school.
  • Interest in learn­ing lead­er­ship skills.
  • Interest/experience in work­ing with chil­dren, espe­cially ages 9–11.
  • Interest/experience in human-relations/diversity/cross-cultural edu­ca­tion.
  • Interest/experience in music, the­ater, and arts & crafts.
  • Certifications in CPR, first aid, and life­guard­ing are a plus.
  • Stamina to work long, but reward­ing hours.
  • Ability and desire to live and work in a tight-knit, diverse com­mu­nity.
  • Passion for youth devel­op­ment, social jus­tice, and cre­at­ing peace!

To apply:

Both new and return­ing Youth Leaders must fill out our online appli­ca­tion each year. For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact us at gro.t1448475353cejor1448475353pcias1448475353om@jc1448475353 or 510–452-3377.

Read a Youth Leader’s blog about her Mosaic expe­ri­ence.

Students Who Came Back as Youth Leaders, at 2008 Fundraiser

Outdoor School Internship

The Mosaic Outdoor School Internship is an excel­lent oppor­tu­nity for stu­dents over 18 years old who have served and excelled as a Cabin Leader at least twice, and who are able to make a com­mit­ment for the full dura­tion (5 weeks) of the Outdoor School sea­son. Due to lim­ited spaces, it is a highly com­pet­i­tive pro­gram.

To apply, please:

  1. Complete the Youth Leadership Project Application.
  2. Submit an essay via email to our Youth Leadership Project Director, CJ Suitt at gro.t1448475353cejor1448475353pcias1448475353om@jc1448475353 detail­ing why you want to be an intern, what you feel you can con­tribute as an intern, and what you hope to gain from the expe­ri­ence.

We look for­ward to hear­ing from you!