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For 24 years, The Mosaic Project has been seeding the Bay Area and beyond with thousands of individuals who have seen a new possibility of what the world can be. Now, our alumni over the age of 24 number over 7,500. They are using their Mosaic tools across a variety of careers to build and lead diverse, inclusive, just communities. Read their stories to learn about how Mosaic transforms lives.


Marco Bloom

At the Outdoor Project, I saw people who looked like me being nurturing, catering to academic needs, and being role models. It was the first time I saw teaching as a possibility for myself.” 

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Marco Bloom is currently in graduate school studying to become a teacher. He attended The Mosaic Project’s Outdoor Project as a fourth grader in 2006 and came back to cabin lead throughout high school. “I still feel deeply connected to Mosaic,” Bloom said. “It’s an experience and culture that I carry with me every day and share with people in every way I can.”  Bloom refers to Mosaic as one of the most important weeks of his life because, as a young black student, it was the first time he saw educators that looked like him. That experience  opened up the possibility of being an educator. “At the Outdoor Project, I saw people who looked like me being nurturing, catering to academic needs, and being a role model,” Bloom said. Today, Bloom is working towards his teaching credentials and currently serves as both a student teacher at Berkeley High School and as a class aid to college students with special needs. “I use “I-statements” [that I learned at Mosaic] every single day, especially in my line of work,” Bloom said. “It’s important that I make sure I am expressing what I am feeling and thinking in the most non-aggressive way. By checking in with myself and using “I-statements”, it keeps everything calm and smooth.” Mosaic taught Bloom how to approach people with empathy and understanding from an early age, skills which have helped him in his current work, “It starts with diversity,” Bloom said. “People seeing and being exposed to ideas and people different from themselves.”


Clover Brown

I am immeasurably grateful for the work that Mosaic does, the people who make it so magical, and all of the kids who are brave enough to learn the skills that have the ability to change our world.”

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Clover Brown first came to Mosaic as a fourth grader in 2005 and returned as a Youth Leader during high school. While in college, she took a semester off to work as a Mosaic intern for a season. “[My favorite memory is] the final campfire out on the field, listening to the music get quieter and quieter under the bright stars,” Brown said. “So magical every time!” Brown now works in reproductive health at Planned Parenthood and as a student midwife. She finds she uses Mosaic lessons in her everyday work, looking for the hidden ‘I-statements’ in what her clients say. Practicing empathy is important in order to assess clients’ feelings and provide the kind of support they need. “As many in health care know, compassion fatigue can be a real issue, so remembering to stay connected to my authentic empathy when dealing with clients is essential,” Brown said. She uses Mosaic’s deep breathing technique to ground her clients. “When supporting clients through abortions, childbirth, or uncomfortable procedures, I start by sitting with them and taking those three deep breaths together,” she said. “This presence often brings people to tears as they touch back into their sense of embodiment.” Additionally, Mosaic gave Brown a framework for thinking about structural violence and institutional injustice, ideas that were taught with enough hope and joy to make them accessible even at a young age. It can be overwhelming to confront the work that needs to be done to create peace,” Brown said, “and Mosaic sets an example of how to stay connected to pleasure, fun, and community while doing the serious work of addressing the rampant injustices.”


Raimundo Martinez

The emotional connection in my film editing, the skill to use empathy in a creative field – I credit that purely to Mosaic.” 

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Video editor Raimundo Martinez first came to The Mosaic Project as a fourth grader in 2005, returning again as a Youth Leader five years later. His time with Mosaic shaped much of his teen years, helping him forge meaningful connections, providing him with peacemaking tools, and empowering him as a young artist. “A lot of my friends come from Mosaic, whether that’s from the Outdoor Project or Youth Leader events,” Martinez said. “It’s helped a lot to be able to have conflict resolution as a shared tool.” After Mosaic, Martinez pursued his interest in becoming a video editor. He saw Mosaic as an asset to his artistry, integrating the Mosaic practice of empathy into his editing. “Although film editing is a technical art, the way I see it, I am trying to engage how someone else feels when filming,” Martinez said. “We want to imagine how someone would feel when watching this footage.” Moreover, he said the subjectivity required in film making can often lead to disagreements, so he began to cultivate a culture of healthy conflict resolution within the production team. “‘I-statements’ come in handy when we are working together,” he said. “We’re not secretly resenting each other or bottling up emotions.” Recently, he said he has seen Mosaic values becoming part of mainstream culture, and it feels special to him that he was part of a group that taught these things at such an early age. “We can’t find this magic anywhere else,” Martinez said. “Disneyland has nothing on Mosaic.”


Jackson Grisby

Mosaic offered a viewfinder on how to perceive and understand the world. Mosaic values remain with me every day in how I deal with others, in every facet of life …They are the ABC’s of interpersonal conflict and existence.”

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Jackson Grigsby is a news producer for CNN, but his earlier professional dream was to be a Mosaic cabin leader. That’s the first thing he told his mom when he came home from the Outdoor Project in 5th grade. For Grigsby, it was a profound experience. “To be 10 and have been able to receive Mosaic’s lessons — They are the ABC’s of interpersonal conflict and existence. Mosaic can make you a better person.” Being a Youth Leader felt like the important thing to do, to pay back to the organization for the lessons he had learned and to teach another generation of kids. “The values Mosaic teaches are values everyone needs, it was a no brainer to come back.” Grigsby loved watching the students from different schools and different backgrounds hugging and laughing by the end of the week. He could see that four days really could create a dramatic shift in people’s lives. Now, as a news producer for CNN, Grigsby hears stories of families struggling and people dying during the pandemic, yet he continues to be inspired by “people throughout the country and throughout the world who have leveraged their compassion” in order to help others. He believes that the core value for a peaceful world is empathy. For Grigsby, Mosaic is a “guiding light in terms of wanting to lead a life that is socially responsible dedicated to uplifting those that are underserved and underrepresented.” He appreciates the commitment the Mosaic community has to a peaceful and just world. “It is so hard to quantify how important something can be in your life. If something had my endorsement in this life, The Mosaic Project would be that.”


Richelle Gernan

Mosaic helped unearth and unfold the power within me.”

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Richelle Gernan, a long-time member of the Mosaic community and current law student, has served many positions with the organization, often self-designed ones. In high school, she founded the Youth Board of Directors and served as its first president. During college, she developed a year-long curriculum for high school students that has been incorporated into Mosaic’s programming. Then, after graduating, Gernan returned to Mosaic as a staff member, and when a position opened up for fundraising and development within the organization she pivoted into that. However, Gernan’s Mosaic journey began in high school as a Youth Leader. “I really appreciated how the training provided language for me to describe the social inequalities that existed in our society,” Gernan says. Mosaic helped develop within Gernan the skills and the desire to be in communities that cultivate and celebrate diversity. The friendships she made at Mosaic have lasted over a decade. “A lot of my best friends are people that I met at Mosaic,” she says, “and we continue to practice Mosaic lessons outside the formal Mosaic curriculum.” Mosaic even influenced what she wanted to study, leading her to take ethnic studies classes, examine nonviolence as a tool for social justice, and attend law school. “Mosaic empowered me to try to strive for change now,” Gernan says. “We owe it to the students that we are training to try to resolve some of the issues created before us.”


Hayden Payne

Mosaic has motivated me to pursue teaching kids and sharing important values. That is the best thing that I can give to the world, and my experience at Mosaic has carried me through to that dream.”

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Hayden Payne returned to The Mosaic Project as a Youth Leader after receiving the enthusiastic letter she wrote to herself as a 4th grader at the Outdoor Project She wrote about loving the spirit of Mosaic, the dancing, the lessons about diversity and conflict resolution — and insisted that her future self return. As a 4th grader, Payne connected with her Youth Leader, regarding her as an influential role model. When she returned to cabin lead, Payne felt she “was giving back what [she] had gotten as a participant but also receiving so much more through meeting the kids and meeting other Youth Leaders.” Payne remembers feeling connected to everyone at the closing ceremony and feeling in touch with the person she was. She not only understood the Mosaic values, but she was empowered with the tools and “felt very capable of bringing the lessons back to [her] family and friends.” The value of empathy has been ingrained in every part of Payne’s life. “When I feel frustrated when driving because someone cuts me off I think, what do they have going on that I don’t even know about?” This empathy and compassion is an essential tool that she has gained from Mosaic. She also values Mosaic’s emphasis on celebrating the differences of others while also finding similarities and connections. Payne currently works at a science lab with the goal of becoming a science teacher. “Mosaic has motivated me to pursue teaching kids and sharing important values. That is the best thing that I can give to the world, and my experience at Mosaic has carried me through that dream.”


Severin Atema

I wish everyone in the world could feel loved and heard the way that I have felt every single time I go to Mosaic.”

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Severin Atema is one of the first students who was able to experience Mosaic withthe original focus group. He then attended the Outdoor Project and returned as a Youth Leader for many sessions. Atema cherishes singing, dancing, crying, and laughing at Mosaic. “[Mosaic] clears my soul, it makes me feel like nothing ever has.” Today Atema bakes bread and pastries and works the counter at a local bakery. “As with any shop environment, there are miscommunications and tensions. Communication and team building through conflict resolution has been so valuable for me working in a small team. I don’t know what I would do without [these skills].” Recently Atema had his annual review where his boss noted that he is an asset to the team by just being someone that people can come to when there is “a problem that’s not logistical, that’s about human beings.” Atema says that, “Mosaic really taught me to see humans for who they are and not just for who they might appear to be.” He finds immense value in having a counterpoint to all of the negativity and violence in the world. It provides hope that peace is possible. “Our potential is so great as a species and it is so hindered by the fear that we have of things and people that are different… Mosaic teaches us that despite our differences and our conflicts we can still move through them with compassion and with love.” Mosaic has provided Atema with skills, relationships, and a mindset that will last his whole life. “The impact of Mosaic never lessens, no matter how many years have passed since I last went.”


Emily Chow

Mosaic 100% helped me have conversations with my family about bias and discrimination.”

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Emily Chow came to the Outdoor Project in 5th grade. Mosaic’s emphasis on kindness and respect across differences encouraged her to return as a Youth Leader a few years later. “Respecting everyone’s identity and respecting everyone’s diversity, that’s so important in the world today.” At the Outdoor Project, Chow enjoyed hanging out with the kids, meeting new people, experiencing shooting stars, and singing around the campfire. But what was most magical for her was “seeing [the kids] grow and develop over the five days.” As a college student, Chow uses Mosaic’s assertive communication constantly. “You always have to work with other people and in teams, and respecting others helped me a lot with communication,” she says. The assertive communication skills that she gained have been especially useful in recent months. “After George Floyd, I started talking more about racial inequality with my friends and family, and that really brought me back to Mosaic, talking about discrimination and prejudices and biases that we all might have and not realize.” Chow appreciates the Mosaic tools that help her have difficult conversations about prejudices and discrimination. She hopes that students coming into Mosaic “have an open mind, and come in willing to learn and have [their] perspectives changed.”


Julia Marlin

I believe the state of the world would be much better if the people in power just spent a week at Mosaic. But if our leaders don’t have those skills, then we can work to make sure our children do.”

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Julia Marlin returned to Mosaic as a Youth Leader after experiencing “a microcosm of the world [she] wants to live in” at the Outdoor Project as a 5th grade student. The skills that Mosaic teaches have been instrumental in supporting Marlin’s relationships throughout her whole life. Marlin explains that “one of my favorite pieces of Mosaic wisdom is that ‘It’s not you and me against each other, it’s you and me against the problem.’ This concept has been so critical for me,” Marlin said. “I have used it to ease tensions in conflicts, both by actually saying the words out loud or just by reminding myself of them.” Mosaic values have become so ingrained for Marlin that she “uses Mosaic tools every day just by being me.” Marlin is currently earning her Masters in Education with the goal of being a 4th or 5th grade teacher. She is certain that the “Mosaic ideals, lessons, vocabulary, and songs will be central in the foundation and philosophy of my classroom.”


Juan Daniel

Mosaic has been amazing and opened the doors to so many places for me. All of the tools that I have learned at Mosaic, I am grateful for.”

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At the Outdoor Project in 4th grade, Juan Daniel went through conflict resolution with a fellow student who had been bullying him. The positive experience and welcoming atmosphere of Mosaic compelled him to return as a Youth Leader, and then again as a member of the Youth Board of Directors. After a video was released of Daniel facilitating at Mosaic, he was given the opportunity to work at one of Mosaic’s partners, Park Day School. From there he was able to get a position as a private teaching assistant, which he credits to Mosaic. Daniel uses conflict resolution constantly when communicating with the students and their parents. He believes that “everyone should go to Conflict Resolution College,” one of the in-depth activities focused on learning assertive-conflict resolution at Mosaic’s Outdoor Project. Daniel is now able to pass the tools of listening and empathy that he has learned along to his students. He “tells the students all the time: be open-minded.” For Daniel, a peaceful world is one where there is a high level of respect for everyone, and no one gets killed or thought less of because of their skin color, accent, socioeconomic status, or country of origin. Despite all that needs to change in order to achieve this ideal world, Daniel has been feeling hopeful for the future. “[We], the youth, are taking this role of leadership that I think is really amazing.”


Imani Pierce

If everyone had Mosaic, I think peace would be as simple as giving people the ability to express themselves in a healthy way, even when they’re upset…Peace is really getting to the root of understanding and really knowing that everyone is a human — not just you.”

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Imani Pierce’s kindergarten classroom is bursting with Mosaic. Her students know every Mosaic song, are fluent in “I-statements”, know how to talk about their emotions, and practice Mosaic values daily. Pierce explains that as a kindergarten teacher she takes a restorative justice approach to different situations and “the Mosaic values are weaved into every part of that.” Pierce has been involved with Mosaic for the past 15 years after starting as a Youth Leader at age 14. She then became an intern, training Youth Leaders and speaking with parents at schools new to Mosaic, and has stayed involved ever since. Pierce appreciates the way that Mosaic talks about peace not as an unattainable goal, but rather provides a framework for peace that begins with understanding others. She explains that it is “impossible for all conflict to end forever, so peace to me means that everyone will take a step back and take a look at people’s circumstances and really see them in order to then respond to them in a peaceful way.”


David Shor

Mosaic allows people to be more than they would be as individuals and provides a foundation for giving people the space to be themselves.”

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Mosaic has been a part of David Shor’s life since he came to the Outdoor Project as a 5th grader in the program’s inaugural year. He returned as a Youth Leader and absolutely fell in love with the program, continuing to immerse himself in Mosaic’s community. Many of Shor’s best friends are people that he met at Mosaic. “Mosaic has impacted my life in more ways than I think I can ever know,” Shor said. Shor appreciates Mosaic’s attention to diversity, explaining that “Mosaic holds diversity in a different way than any community I’m a part of. There is an intentionality around diversity.” He believes that a diverse community allows people to be more than they would be as individuals. Today, Shor is a political organizer and uses Mosaic’s lessons every day. “So much of [organizing] is creating situations where people can do more than they ever thought they could.” He has discovered that a lot of this work is rooted in empathy and trust. “The most effective coalitions are ones where people feel seen and heard and that is something that Mosaic is built on. Mosaic provides a foundation for giving people the space to be themselves.”


Andrew Ignacio

What I had never really appreciated before Mosaic was seeing a mix of black, brown, and white boys together talking about empathy and conflict resolution.”

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In the spring of 2013, Andrew Ignacio volunteered as a Youth Leader at The Mosaic Project. The following fall, he joined the staff, staying on for four seasons. What brought him back again and again were the people: fellow Youth Leaders, the students, and staff who served as mentors. “After just one week of being a Youth Leader, I fell in love with the program and the Outdoor Project,” Ignacio said. He remembers watching the community come together after the unexpected passing of a staff member. “It really imbedded in me how much community means to so many people and how powerful and loving it can be,” Ignacio said. Mosaic has since been an integral part of Ignacio’s life, and the tools taught there have helped him strengthen his interpersonal relationships. “Mosaic convinced me that conflict is inevitable and healthy,” Ignacio said. “Having tangible tools to navigate it helped me cultivate a lot of relationships that may have stopped being relationships.” Conflict resolution has also helped Ignacio in professional contexts. During the global pandemic and the national racial reckoning, many Mosaic concepts emerged in his workplace. “Being able to name different kinds of discrimination and talking about it in an assertive manner has helped me navigate the complexities.” Ignacio said he appreciated the many perspectives that exist in the organization. “Mosaic and the people who make up Mosaic are doing the most important work in the world.”


Katiana Carey-Simms

The things that I learned with Mosaic as a kid have allowed me to be the person I really like as an adult. Mosaic built the foundation for me to feel the way I feel about life and the world; to believe that things are possible; and to have spaces that feel safe, fun, wild, beautiful, and special.”

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Katiana Carey-Simms began as a Youth Leader at Mosaic as a part of the inaugural season with schools in 2002. “Mosaic taught me to see and value myself in ways that continue to benefit me today,” she says. Mosaic’s lessons, as well as the joyful and magical environment of the program, compelled her to return as an intern, and then as staff. Carey-Simms explains: “Mosaic was my first extended family and the Mosaic Community remains in my heart today.” As a nurse and midwife student she is constantly met with differences, communication barriers, and a need to listen to others with empathy. She reflects that, “My ‘Mosaic Foundation’ shaped me in ways I am still realizing. It built an expectation of possibility, and the desire to problem solve. Mosaic helped me connect with people I might never have had the chance to know and love.” Carey-Simms firmly believes that a peaceful world is one where everyone has access to what they need and are able to feel fulfilled, joyful, and participate in life. She says “It also means building collectively and honoring our many layers of interconnectedness.” For Carey-Simms, “Mosaic is an integral part of realizing these goals for our communities, nation, and world.”


Maya Ibrahim-Bartley

I think Mosaic was one of the few opportunities I had as a kid and Youth Leader to meet people from different schools and backgrounds.”

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First-grade teacher Maya Ibrahim-Barley has been connected to Mosaic for most of her life. Her godmother, a co-founder of The Mosaic Project, first introduced her to the work at a young age. She attended the program as a student, returned as a Youth Leader, and now teaches at ASCEND, one of the many schools Mosaic serves. “It’s been such a positive experience for me, my family, and my friends,” Ibrahim-Bartley says. As a 5th grader, the Mosaic experience helped her develop stronger connections with other students in her school as well as new friendships she may not have had otherwise. “The Bay Area is really diverse but pretty segregated,” Ibrahim-Bartley says. “I think Mosaic was one of the few opportunities I had as a kid and Youth Leader to meet people from different schools and backgrounds.” Ibrahim-Bartley’s strongest memory from Mosaic is the “Very Unusual Dinner,” an activity that explores socio-economic status and inequity. “I just remember saying this is not fair,” she says. “As somebody with a lot of privilege, it was the first time I zoomed out to look at the bigger picture.” Early exposure to vocabulary and complex ideas surrounding equity and justice has helped Ibrahim-Bartley navigate adulthood. “It asked me to look beyond myself and recognise that calling out my own privileges and biases doesn’t mean that I’m necessarily bad.” As a teacher, she has seen social-emotional learning implemented throughout Oakland Unified School District. This shift has allowed Mosaic to be more than a weeklong experience, making it a practice throughout elementary schools. “I am so grateful that Mosaic has been a staple in my life,” she says.


Cameron Grigsby

Mosaic helps me each and every day. I make a constant effort to remain open to new perspectives, new challenges, and new possibilities.”

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Cameron Grigsby loved his time at Mosaic as both a 5th grader and a Youth Leader.. He still works with young people, helping high school athletes prepare for and navigate college recruitment. When he moved to Chicago, he relied heavily on his Mosaic skills. Despite a big change and a new city, he stayed open-minded to the possibility of meeting new people. “Celebrating differences has taught me to seek out the beauty in exploring new people and opportunities,” Grigsby said.


Aziza Yaropa

I really valued going to Mosaic myself, and my family really valued it as well, because we brought those skills into our house. Our family uses the conflict resolution skills all the time.”

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First grade teacher Aziza Yaropa loved her week at Mosaic in 5th grade. She remembers the lively campfires and creating friendships with kids from other schools. “I had the best time of my life at Mosaic. I loved it.” In Yaropa’s interview for her teaching program she was asked to develop a lesson plan, and decided to use Mosaic’s “I-statements” as her sample lesson. She now uses “I-statements” every day in her class. “Students come running to me with a problem after recess and we use ‘I-statements’,” she said. It has been very helpful for her to have the framework of conflict resolution as first graders are still learning to articulate how they feel. Yaropa appreciated Mosaic’s distinct hands-on approach: “You aren’t just sitting there listening to someone talk, you are getting involved in actually understanding how to use the skills.” Yaropa believes that a key to a peaceful world is equal educational opportunities. “If people are educated they can be a lot more free.” Her family still sings Mosaic’s songs and practices Mosaic’s conflict resolution skills more than a decade later, and she appreciated the opportunity to bring these skills into her house. She believes that if everyone had the opportunity to attend Mosaic, people would be able to solve problems more effectively and, as she says, “be able to communicate how they really feel instead of going around the problem and yelling at each other.”


Lydia Glenn-Murray

Mosaic really spoke to me on a cellular level. It was something that resonated with me through song, joy, peace, and connection.”

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Mosaic laid the foundation for Lydia Glenn-Murray’s life. She now runs a community art education center in Berkeley and has been studying nonviolent communities. Mosaic values directly impact the way in which Glenn-Murray views her art; she appreciates the joy, creativity, and imagination with which Mosaic runs its programs and tries to bring the same into her work. She values the diversity of culture and art in the Bay Area, and it has been especially inspiring for her to bring this diversity into her community center. Glenn-Murray was first introduced to Mosaic as a student at the Outdoor Project in 2003 and later returned as a Youth Leader. She reflects that her time as a cabin leader was a “very profound experience of being in a role where I felt deep love and responsibility for others,” and where she “felt the loop of care.” Mosaic has taught Glenn-Murray to embrace her full range of emotions and develop deep empathy for others. These skills have been especially essential in her relationship with her brother who has a severe mental illness. “My whole idea of empathy has been challenged in that relationship. I don’t understand what it is like to be him.” Empathy allows her to keep her “mind and heart open to possibility.” Glenn-Murray tries to stay involved with Mosaic as much as she can now. “Something about the Mosaic story feels like my story. It grew with me. That sentiment is so powerful. I feel so connected to this thing that is so much bigger than me.”


Andrew Gordon-Kirsch

Mosaic helped me unlearn some of my fear around differences and gave me a foundation for appreciating these differences.”

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Andrew Gordon-Kirsch works as an executive coach in inclusive leadership development. He appreciates the opportunity to bring activism and Mosaic’s lessons of inclusion into the corporate world. As a Mosaic Youth Leader, Gordon-Kirsch appreciated the responsibility and autonomy that he was given with his cabin. Additionally, he was provided a space to practice facilitation and conflict resolution, skills that have defined his professional career. “Mosaic played a key role in the work I do today and my interest in Diversity and Inclusion.” Mosaic instilled in Gordon-Kirsch the continued desire to meet people different from himself and to be curious about their stories. Recently, Gordon-Kirsch began wearing a kippah as a way to present himself as Jewish more publicly and to stand up against white supremacy and assimilation. Gordon-Kirsch says Mosaic’s foundation allowed him to celebrate his culture and individuality and “reclaim bringing my whole and authentic self to my relationships.”


Emily Bang

I wish the world, like Mosaic, had more playfulness, and the conviction that it’s ok to feel how you feel and be how you want to be.”

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Emily Bang attended Mosaic’s Outdoor School as a 5th grader and was so inspired to stay involved that she joined the Children’s Board before returning as a Youth Leader. Mosaic’s emphasis on conflict resolution has transformed the way that Bang views disagreements in relationships. She now understands that conflict is inevitable, but the way that we approach resolving conflicts can be intentional. “Mosaic taught me how to navigate conflict with honesty, care, and healthy communication,” Bang said. “I wish the world had a similar approach towards conflict, instead of seeing it as something to avoid, suppress, or escalate.” She explained that Mosaic’s lessons have been especially essential during the pandemic where there are many challenges about how to “live life and prevent the possibility of infecting others.” She recounts a time where she helped her sister create a “purple plan” (a win-win plan that incorporates multiple peoples’ perspectives) by expressing her feelings and needs with a friend regarding coronavirus boundaries. Additionally, Bang says she has been using the “stop and cool off” tool anytime she feels stressed, worried, or anxious. “It’s been very helpful for me to stop and cool off from overwhelming or spiraling feelings.” Bang remembers an intense session as a Youth Leader in which she had cliques within her cabin. Through teamwork, listening, and empathy, by the end of the week they were able to be an inclusive and loving cabin. It demonstrated to her that although it requires work, peace truly is possible.


Kara Murray-Badal

Especially with the intense divisions in our world often seeming unsurmountable, Mosaic is a bright spot that helps me to believe that peace and understanding are possible. It gives me hope for the world and for my impact on it.”

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Kara first joined The Mosaic Project as a high school student Youth Leader in 2008. At Mosaic, for the first time she saw true diversity: people from all different backgrounds—with different biases, privileges, joys, woes, and experiences—working to be better while loving each other. It was transformational for her. Since then, she has served in just about every role within the organization, including Administrative and Outreach Director. She has also worked as the Senior Project and Change Control Coordinator at Bayer Healthcare, which led her to universal healthcare activism and campaign field work. Kara received her BA from Stanford and is currently an MBA Candidate at The Wharton School and an MPA Candidate at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


Nate Brewer

My time with The Mosaic Project has served as a foundational piece of who I am today as a human being. I gained a deep understanding of empathy and what it means to not only treat everyone with respect, but also embrace all for who they are. It is an understanding I carry with me today at work, with friends, with family, and especially with strangers. I believe Mosaic has the magic to have that impact on almost everyone they touch, and I look forward to contributing to that however I can going forward.”

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Nate Brewer first joined The Mosaic Project as a high-school student Youth Leader in 2008. He currently serves as a Talent Partner at Rippleworks where he works to match volunteer senior executives on short-term projects with scaling social impact ventures. Prior to Rippleworks, Nate worked on the Executive Recruiting Team at Google and for the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller. Ahead of moving into executive search, Nate worked as a Site Manager for the early literacy non-profit Jumpstart.