Hello Fabulous Mosaic Family,

Thank you! With the help of our extra­or­di­nary com­mu­nity, we have just wrapped up another suc­cess­ful out­door school sea­son at The Mosaic Project, bring­ing the total num­ber of stu­dents served at the pro­gram since 2001 to over 3,200!

This has been a par­tic­u­larly excit­ing, mile­stone year for us as our orig­i­nal 4th and 5th-grade stu­dents became old enough to join our Youth Leadership Project and to be cabin lead­ers at our out­door school. You can read about the expe­ri­ence of one of our return­ing alumni in the year-end let­ter to our sup­port­ers below.

Another 800 4th and 5th graders and 100 Youth Leaders will expe­ri­ence our out­door school in the com­ing year. As we look towards 2008, we are excited to share our news with you and to let you know how you can stay involved.

Mosaic was mag­i­cal! Peace is mag­i­cal!” — Miyanni, Age 9, Fall 2007 Mosaic Student

I Love Myself– Opening Ceremony
Mosaic Fall 2007 Sessions

Our Year-End Letters

For a deeper look at the impact we are hav­ing on our stu­dents, please see our year-end let­ters writ­ten to our sup­port­ers and par­ents of Mosaic stu­dents.

If you are on our mail­ing list, you already received one of these let­ters via snail mail. (If you did not receive a let­ter but would like to be on our mail­ing list, please reply to this email with your mail­ing address.) If you would like to make a con­tri­bu­tion right now, you can donate securely online.

Moving!

We need to move by January 1, 2008! We need your help find­ing the per­fect place. We are look­ing for a BART-accessible office space in Berkeley or Oakland that is big enough for a full-time staff of three. If you have any ideas or leads, please reply to this email and let us know.

Youth Leadership Project

One very excit­ing devel­op­ment in 2007 is that Amani Carey-Simms became Project Director for The Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Lyons, Farrise, and Greenwood Foundation Youth Leadership Project. Amani recruits, selects, trains, and men­tors our high-school age Youth Leaders who serve as Cabin Leaders at our out­door school. Amani has big plans to trans­form the Youth Leadership Project into a year-round oppor­tu­nity for holis­tic human devel­op­ment. He and the cur­rent Youth Leaders are already under­way, cre­at­ing work­shops, classes, field trips, and ser­vice learn­ing projects and build­ing com­mu­nity as they go. Please let all the high-school stu­dents in your life know that the appli­ca­tion for the Youth Leadership Project is now avail­able online.

Congratulations To Us!

We are very proud to have been awarded a Donor Database Service Grant from the Taproot Foundation. They are pro­vid­ing a team of vol­un­teers to help us cre­ate an improved man­age­ment sys­tem that is tai­lored to meet our unique needs. It takes a lot of work to keep Mosaic run­ning, and we are look­ing for­ward to improv­ing our effi­ciency in the near future.

Save the Date

Once the flurry of the hol­i­day sea­son is past, our annual com­mu­nity gathering/fundraising brunch will be just around the cor­ner. If you want to attend next year’s event, mark your cal­en­dars for Saturday March 1, 2008. One of the best ways to sup­port us is to be a Table Captain for the event.  Please let us know imme­di­ately if you are inter­ested.

Great Holiday Offer

Earn money for Mosaic every time you shop online through Giveline. Giveline con­tributes 7–33% of prod­uct sales to Mosaic. You can see exactly how much you are donat­ing with each prod­uct pur­chased. Shop now to get free ship­ping! (Use dis­count code NCD07 dur­ing check­out for orders over $25 with qual­i­fied prod­ucts.)

Brett Rocks!

Brett Dennen, our Resident Rock Star and cre­ator of Mosaic’s musi­cal cur­ricu­lum, is rock­ing much more than Mosaic these days. He has been sell­ing out the Fillmore in San Francisco, tour­ing with John Mayer and the John Butler Trio, and is fea­tured in the November 29 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine. His music has been on TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and on radio sta­tions across the coun­try. And we remem­ber, back in the day,when he put out his very first CD, The Mosaic Project Presents: Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World. You can relive the mem­ory by watch­ing a video of the CD release party in 2004, out of the archives.

Another Special Holiday Offer

Speaking of Brett, we are offer­ing a free mp3 of Brett and the kids singing Fighting Is Not The Solution from our 2004 CD release party when you buy a copy of Children’s Songs for Peace and a Better World before the hol­i­days. This is an oppor­tu­nity to invest in a more peace­ful world this hol­i­day sea­son by invest­ing in peace edu­ca­tion for chil­dren. We encour­age you to give the CD as a gift to all the chil­dren (and the chil­dren at heart) in your life. In doing so, not only will you spread a much-needed musi­cal mes­sage of hope and peace, you will sup­port the impor­tant work of The Mosaic Project.

Once again, thank you!  It is our com­mu­nity that makes our work pos­si­ble. Wishing you a joy­ous, peace­ful hol­i­day sea­son and New Year,
Lara and the rest of the Mosaic team