Mosaic: Creating Community Across Faith Traditions

My project - 2022-07-18T122021.689-min

In May we invited MNN members to tell us about the work they’re doing to build stronger communities. When Mosaic: Interfaith Action reached out, we knew we wanted to share their story.

Mosaic, formerly known as Kids4Peace Boston, is an interfaith youth organization that works with faith communities throughout Boston to provide experiential learning programs. The organization leads programs for students ages 12 through 18 that instill nonviolent communication and diverse relationship-building skills at a critical identity-development stage of student’s lives. Mosaic connects students that come from the same neighborhood and from different faith traditions to learn from one another.

Last year Mosaic piloted the Circles of Action initiative, a free after school program with a social justice focus. They held a listening campaign and learned that the students wanted to spotlight mental health—at a time when many adults were calling for increased awareness of the same subject. The students created an advocacy plan, reviewed a State House bill, and shared their insights with Mayor Wu*. The initiative concluded with each student illustrating what mental health meant to them on a ceramic tile. Circles of Action will continue in the wake of the pilot’s success, with next year’s focus on climate justice. Executive Director Matt Anderson, said the Mosaic team felt they had achieved their mission when a group of students from different faiths went out for ice cream together after the program.

Mosaic’s story serves as a reminder of the role nonprofits fulfill. In spite of the divisiveness that surrounds us, nonprofits with an array of missions are working tirelessly to establish a more positive, equitable future for everyone.


*Participants of the Circles of Action program received a letter in response from Mayor Wu on their policy recommendations. Read the letter here.

To learn more about Mosaic: Interfaith Youth Action, visit their website at this link.

For comments or article inquiries, please contact Jessica Holmes at jholmes@massnonprofitnet.org.