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