The Mosaic Project 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.

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!

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