Resources

   Studies, Reports, and Research

Self-Determination Through Circus Arts: Exploring Youth Development in a Novel Activity Context by Jennifer P. Agans, Jacqueline L. Davis, Spyridoula Vazou, and Tal Jarus. Published in the Journal of Youth Development in 2019. The study shows support for basic psychological needs and positive developmental outcomes among youth circus program participants.
 

 2018 Circus Survey

The 2018 Circus Survey Report
 
 Youth Circus Social and Emotional Learning
A 2017 national study, commissioned by the American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO) and conducted by the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, shows positive impact of circus programming on youth at risk.
 
Circus Research
 
A collection of studies, papers, and articles.
 
 

    Helpful Lists

Pre-Professional and Professional Programs, Intensives, Residencies (North America)
A master list of programs in North America for pursuing circus after youth circus, including useful information on application details, price, duration, and more.
 
 
Youth and Social Circus Worldwide Master List
An extensive global list of youth circus programs which teach multiple skills, compiled by Jacqueline Davis, Audrey Djunaedi, Lloyd D. Scharmecker Jr., and Brianna Marie Wegrzyn in 2017.
 
College Circus Clubs List
List of circus, juggling, and aerial clubs and groups at U.S. colleges and universities, organized by state.
 
AYCO/ACE Member Organizations
List of current AYCO/ACE member organizations
 

    Important References

Expanding Our Teaching: Coaching for All Students

A living guide on cultural humility created in 2019 by the Social Circus Committee.

Gender and Circus Coaching

An information and reference sheet on gender identity and circus created by the Youth Advisory Committee in 2017.

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Health and Wellness Resources

Resources compiled by the ACE/AYCO Health and Wellness committee on sexual abuse prevention, suicide prevention, and other important topics.
 
Recommended Core Competencies for Youth Circus Practitioners
Eight recommended core competencies, as created by twenty-five AYCO organizational members at the 2010 AYCO Educator’s Conference.
 
Grant Writing Tips
Tips and examples from Phyllis Martin (AKA Truffle Pig) on grant writing for circus practitioners in the USA.
 
Circus Games
Link to purchase Games for Circus Educators, Organizers, and Innovators and form to submit games for a future edition.
 

    Client Management Options

VAMP

VAMP is a web-based studio management system designed specifically for circus schools, by a member of the community. ACE organizational members get a 20% discount!

 

Pike13
A circus-school friendly client management system – ACE organizational members get a 10% discount!