Youth OUTREACH PROGRAM –
NEW CHALLENGE GRANT!
I want to share some good news and an opportunity: our youth program has received a $10,000 grant from the Miranda Lux Foundation! This local foundation has a focus on programs that provide job training and career preparation for young people, so they were particularly interested in our pre-professional program, because it offers participants the training needed to pursue teaching and performing in circus, which some of our grads do every year. The grant has a matching component – in order to claim the funds, we need to raise $10,000 from our community.
Our plan is for the Lux grant to go toward enhancements to the pre-professional program, including:
- Sending a contingent to perform in next summer's AYCO Festival,
- Increasing the production value of our end-of-year shows, and
- Investing in better training and supervision for our summer camp Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program.
The matching funds will go to our outreach program partnership with Up On Top, a community organization located in the Tenderloin and Western Addition. We have been working with Up On Top to create an after-school circus arts program for underserved youth aged kindergarten through fifth grade. We started this year with workshops and complimentary tickets to San Francisco Youth Circus show Fog City Swing.
Now, with support from you and the Miranda Lux Foundation, we will be able to start the next phase of our program in January 2019! Every week, the youth in Up On Top's after-school program will learn a variety circus arts with the mentorship of Circus Center's expert instructors and pre-professional Youth Program students, including acrobatics, juggling, equilibristics, clowning, aerial arts, and more. Members of our pre-professional program will have opportunities to volunteer alongside our instructors, too!
Your donation will help Circus Center pay our expert instructors, cover transportation costs, and purchase dedicated equipment. It will also allow us to claim the $10,000 match to support enhancements in the pre-professional program. It's a win-win!
Please help us reach our goal and let more kids discover the magic of circus by donating today.
Thank you for helping us expand access to the many benefits of circus arts to children from all backgrounds here in San Francisco.