A Message for Parents
Thank you for visiting Mozaic’s website. We know that if you’re here, you understand your child needs a community of support, and we’re honored that you’re taking the time to learn more about Mozaic.
Mozaic is a wellness program and community space for transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people of color ages 13-29.
In our space your child can come as they are: no assumptions, no explanations.
They can explore their identity, ask questions of mentors and staff, access gender-affirming clothing and books, and just be themselves.
Mozaic staff and mentors are transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary. Most of us are people of color. We care about your children, we know something about what they are going through, and like you, we want them to live long, healthy, and satisfying lives.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does Mozaic cater to such a wide age range?
One thing to keep in mind is that we are a wellness program, not a social club. Many of the programs we host are appropriate for youth as well as young adults, and certainly our younger participants benefit from the opportunity to meet mentors who share some of their life experience.
That being said, you will notice we always post an age range for our special programs. When we host events that are inclusive of our entire age range, we ensure that the program and environment is appropriate for the youngest attendees. At other times we choose to hold separate events for older and younger participants in order to meet each age group’s specific needs.
Why is Mozaic so focused on HIV testing and prevention?
According to the CDC, at the end of 2015, an estimated 60,300 youth (ages 13-24) were living with HIV in the United States, and 51% of them were undiagnosed. While positive HIV diagnoses are low among 13-14-year-olds (23 in 2016), that number jumps dramatically for ages 15-19 (1,652), again for ages 19-24 (6,776), and still higher for ages 25-29 (7,964) who have the highest infection rate of any age group. Within those age groups, more than half (55%) of those diagnosed were African American youth and young adults, and most of those (80%) were Black “men” who have sex with “men.”
There has been little research about HIV among transgender youth, but we know that among trans folks of all ages:
- 1 out of 4 Black trans people are HIV-positive
- 4 out of 5 transgender people who test HIV-positive are people of color
- When tested, more than half of Black trans women find out they are HIV-positive
What do all these numbers tell us?
We can’t afford to wait until our children are 15 or 16. Whether they are sexually active or not, our 13 and 14-year-olds need safe places to talk about their identities and learn HIV prevention strategies, so that they are prepared when the time comes.
We invite you to contact us at any time. Your questions are important to us, and your child’s health is at the heart of our mission.