Photographs from a Voices of Veterans Public Presentation

Before my pursuit of a nursing degree, I spent fourteen years helping manage and operate the non-profit organization Mosaic Multicultural Foundation. Mosaic is a small community organization established and directed by storyteller, author, and mythologist Michael Meade. Mosaic was a unique place to work and we were actively engaged in bringing communities together through creative ceremonies. Our emphasis was on reconnecting people to ancient stories while providing deeper understandings of their own personal story. 

During my time at Mosaic I was involved with many community resource projects. Two projects that had a strong impact on my growth and development included Voices of Youth and Voices of Veterans. I helped to organize, staff, plan, promote four Voices of Veteran retreats and at least twenty Voices of Youth projects.

Voices of Youth - an ongoing project that brought Mosaic to diverse communities where youth explore their unique voices through poetry and story. We would work intensively in local neighborhoods with a core group of youth for four to five days working on language and story; helping young people connect and discover their own innate authentic voice. These workshops would then culminate in a public presentation where community members would come and witness these young raw voices. 
           More information can be found here on Mosaic's website

Voices of Veterans - brought together veterans and their family members into a four-day retreat wherein veterans sought ways to find meaningful and healing ways to carry the trauma experienced from war. It was through these retreats that I learned about the old idea of initiation as a process that changes a person completely. It was through these retreats and the public community gathering that these veterans could find a piece of their return from war. 
       More information can be found here on Mosaic's website