Youth Leadership Project

The Youth Leadership Project provides extensive training in diversity, empathy, and conflict-resolution for young adults who form a vibrant cross-cultural community and serve as mentors for the 4th and 5th graders at Mosaic’s Outdoor Project. Youth Leaders are required to attend a weekend training retreat and volunteer for at least one session during the spring and fall at the Outdoor Project.

In addition to the Outdoor Project, our high-school and college-aged participants engage in leadership and volunteer opportunities at Mosaic events, workshops, fundraisers, and service learning projects.

Requirements to be a Youth Leader

Youth leaders are required to attend a weekend training retreat near Santa Cruz in March.

Next Youth Leader training weekend is March 23-25, 2018 (spring season).

Youth Leaders will also participate as cabin leaders in at least one 4-night/5-day session of our residential program near Santa Cruz between April 16-May 25, 2018 for the spring season and/or September 17-October 26, 2018 for fall season.


  • 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 Project.
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!

The Youth Leadership Project is made possible by funding from the Kazan McClain Partner’s Foundation.

“Mosaic continues to amaze me with how open and comfortable I can be with myself and others. It’s incredibly healing.” - Julia, Youth Leader, 18 years old

“I learned how essential it is to build strong relationship with others and really reach out across lines of difference...It’s made me much more likely to try to see the world through the eyes of other people, rather than always focusing on how things affect me.” – Devan, Youth Leader, 18 years old

“Mosaic is not only a place where I can genuinely be myself, it is a community that has taught me what it means to be myself. Mosaic has shaped every aspect in my life in an extraordinarily positive and helpful way.” - Sequoia, Youth Leader, 18 years old

“Being yourself matters and showing who we are is as important as empathizing with people with differences from you.” – Juan, Youth Leader, 16 years old

For more information about the Youth Leadership Project, contact Khemnes Fisher, Youth Leadership Project Director.

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