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Youth Leadership Academy: Internship Program

​The Mosaic YLA provides a space for our oldest students to further their self-confidence, through learning essential life and leadership skills. The YLA program begins when students enter Middle School, and continues into High School with a volunteer internship. The program then offers select students the possibility of applying for a paid High School internship with Mosaic, giving many students their first job. 

2019 - Present
Valeria Martinez

Valeria started with Mosaic when she was in K-4, and she is now a Senior in High School. She is a talented dancer and visual artist. Along with attending classes at Mosaic, Valeria began dancing at the International Dance Academy when she was eleven years old.


While only in Middle School, Valeria choreographed pieces for the Cultural Dance Class in preparation for Mosaic's Annual Cultural Celebration. After Middle School, Valeria continued at Mosaic as a Cultural Dance teacher during the school year program, counselor during the summer program, and Visual Art teacher to Mosaic's littlest students during the Summer Arts Camp.

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Frida Leon German
2021 - Present 

Frida is 16 years old and has been with Mosaic since 2017 when she was nine years old. Mosaic has made her so happy, and she has learned so much in these past few amazing years.

Frida is Mexican-American and loves to help the younger students find pride in who they are, specifically through cultural dance.

Frida also loves to assist with academics since she has been in the position of having English as a second language, and wants to be a guide for children going through the same thing. She attends Eastside High school and is working to go to college in the future.

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Summer 2023
Betsabe Fuentes

Betsy has been in Mosaic since she was in second grade, and she’s now a tenth grad student. She and her mother claim Mosaic has helped her immensely when it comes to academics, and that it has offered lessons and experiences that have been important in her life so far.


Betsy says being in Mosaic has given her a wonderful community, and she enjoys helping more children learn at Mosaic just as she has (and continues to do). Betsy also loves Mosaic because she finds it’s a great way to uplift her community.

She most enjoys music and vocal performance, and loves helping students learn about music.

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Summer 2023
Nahomy Vasquez

Nahomy is in High School and has been in Mosaic since the Second grade. She enjoys going to Mosaic because it helps her feel connected to her culture.


She says that going to Mosaic has opened a lot of doors for her and has helped her family a lot. She has learned how to dance and also met many of her best friends that she is still friends with today.


Nahomy especially really enjoys helping the younger students.

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2023 YLA Interns

Lucas, Haasini, Nicole, Betsy, Nahomy, Karen, Jeysell, Juanse, Kahyla, Ana Sofia, & Dee

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2021 - 2022
Said Corvera

Said has been with Mosaic since he was just 4 years old. He has been to every Summer Arts Camp, and every Cultural Celebration, and attended the Mosaic daily program each year in both Elementary and Middle School.

As a member of the Youth Leadership Academy, Said completed a volunteer internship and then worked as an employee. Collectively, he has been with Mosaic for twelve years and is a vital part of the spirit and family of Mosaic.

Said says that Mosaic has taught him to be the person he is today, and he enjoys spending time with the staff and kids.

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Savannah Parris
2021 - 2022 

Savannah began at Mosaic as an intern in the summer of 2021 and has enjoyed every moment with the kids. 

She enjoys drawing and aspires to be a Forensic Toxicologist. She recently traveled to Washington DC for a Youth NYLF Law and CSI Forum. Savannah loves to listen to true-crime podcasts and strives to find the truth. 

Savannah focused on helping the students at Mosaic find efficient ways to study for tests, and do their best academically. She taught the kids how to be kind and take pride in who they are. 

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2022 YLA Interns

Haasini, Betsy, Nahomy, Karen,
Ana Sofia, & Jeysell

2021 YLA Interns

Ashley, Valeria, Said, Frida, Andrea, Nalla, Jessica, Lorena, & Savannah

2023 YLA Interns

Ashley, Valeria, Said, Frida, Andrea, Nalla, Jessica, Lorena, & Savannah

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