Join

There are 3 ways for AYCO members to be involved with our social circus programming. They are:

1. Apply to become a recognized Social Circus Program

2. Join the Social Circus Community Google Group or the Social Circus Community International Facebook Group

3. Join our bi-monthly Social Circus Connection calls that occur at 9am PT / 12pm ET on February 9,  April 13, June 8, August 10, October 12, December 14, 2021. Email socialcircus@americancircuseducators.org for zoom access.

AYCO recognizes and values the work of many social circus organizations and practitioners across the country and around the world. The specific criteria we have used to determine which organizations are recognized as Social Circus Network Members are programs that provide social circus programming that is:

(a) focused on a clearly specified at-risk populations, (b) directed towards achieving a particular social change and specific outcomes related to that change, and (c) committed to evaluating effectiveness in achieving desired outcomes.

This is no way mitigates the valuable contributions of our colleagues who may not fit our criteria but still do wonderful work bringing circus arts to underserved populations.

Who May Seek Recognition to the Social Circus Network?

Social circus programs operated by AYCO Organizational Members based in the United States may seek recognition.

What are the Criteria for Recognition?

Recognition will be given to programs that provide social circus programming that is:

(a) focused on a clearly specified at-risk populations

(b) directed towards achieving a particular social change and specific outcomes related to that change

(c) committed to evaluating effectiveness in achieving desired outcomes

Social circus programs may comprise a whole organization, or may be part of a larger organizing that operates other programs that are not social circus.

What Does it Mean to be Recognized? 

AYCO recognition of Social Circus Programs is a way of identifying AYCO Organizational Members that have specific core elements and needs in common and want to work together to promote and improve social circus in the USA. Recognition does not entail any fee, and is not an endorsement or assessment of program quality.

List of Social Circus Network Members

How to Join: 

For Recognition as a Social Circus Program:

  1. Complete the AYCO Social Circus Program Recognition Application.
  2. Applications will be reviewed confidentially on a rolling basis by the AYCO Social Circus Committee.
  3. AYCO will inform applicants whether they have been approved to join the Social Circus Network within 2-5 weeks of application submission.
  4. Successful applicants will be added to the roster of AYCO-recognized Social Circus Programs.
  5. If an applicant does not receive recognition initially, they may be asked to join the Social Circus Network as an Associate Member*.

*Social Circus Network Associate Member Definition: Associate Members are organizations that are actively working toward requirements of Social Circus Network membership and will be given priority for assistance to become a Network Member. We will ask for an annual statement of intent and we expect the organization to participate in at least one network phone call per year. We will ask organizations that are not taking steps to become network members to step away and reapply when they are ready.

As an Affiliated Individual

Individuals interested or involved in social circus work are invited to join the Social Circus Community Google Group. The group is moderated by AYCO and is open to anyone connected to the social circus community (practitioners, educators, participants, therapists, social workers, etc.). You do not need to be a member of AYCO to join this group. The purpose of the group is to connect with others and discuss social circus topics (i.e. topics related to circus arts in the service of social change) including funding, pedagogy, training, program development, game swaps, evaluation strategies, accessibility, resources, challenges, and successes. We will also use this group to communicate about upcoming Social Circus Network Peer Learning Calls and Social Circus Connection Calls. Click here to join the Google Group. 

The Social Circus Community International Facebook group is another way for individuals to connect with others in the field.

AYCO Members with involvement or specific interest in social circus should include their name on this list. If you are a practitioner, please include where you have worked.

Individuals are also invited to join our Social Circus Connection calls

These calls are are a 1 hour bi-monthly convening for anyone interested in community conversation around social circus. You do not need to be a member of AYCO to join in. Calls are at 9am PT / 10am MT / 11am CT / 12pm ET on February 9,  April 13, June 8, August 10, October 12, December 14, 2021.

Email socialcircus@americancircuseducators.org for zoom access.