Youth Development

Circus Juventas

  • Saint Paul, MN
  • www.circusjuventas.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Circus Juventas is to "to inspire artistry and self-confidence in youth through a multicultural circus performing arts experience." Circus Juventas serves more 2,000 young people annually through a combination of year-round classes and summer camps for participants up to 21 years old; a “Toddler and Kinder Circus Club" for 2 to 5 year olds and specialized workshops for advanced performers. Curriculum includes more than 300 classes in five genres of circus performing arts.  Training is provided by experienced circus performing arts professionals from around the world. “Cirque du Soleil"-style public performance opportunities are a key feature of the Circus Juventas experience.

Main Programs

  1. Circus performing arts training for youth
Service Areas

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National

Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area and surrounding communities in the region

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer since 1994

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Mr. Daniel W Butler

Co Principal Officer since 1994

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Mrs. Elizabeth Butler

Keywords

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youth development circus performing arts shows production young people children youth families classes workshops camps education mentoring life skills

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EIN

41-1856160

Physical Address

1270 Montreal Avenue

Saint Paul, 55116

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Performing Arts (A60)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Out-of-school activities for children
and youth are critically important to the academic success and personal development of young people. From our own personal experience and lessons from the “social circus" movement on other continents, we know that circus performing arts offer advantages over nearly every other youth development ctivity. 
At Circus Juventas, young people work on:
1.)self-confidence and appropriate risk-taking;
2.) goal-setting and achievement;
3.)teamwork and leadership;
4.) socialization;
5.) creative expression;
6.) health/fitness;
7.) constructive use of leisure time.

Last year, Circus Juventas served 1,218 students through classes, camps, workshops, a toddler/kinder program and classes for young people with disabilities; 140 students received scholarship (full or partially subsidized enrollment); and reached 13,540 students and others through special outreach performances and community events. Circus Juventas also reached audiences totaling approximately
27,500 through paid public performances.

Based on a survey of 254 participants, 71% stated that participation in Circus Juventas helped their child feel more comfortable w ith challenges and taking risks; 65% were more comfortable interacting w ith adults; 75% felt that participation in Circus Juventas helped their child become more healthy/physically
fit; 80% felt Circus Juventas was an important outlet for creative expression; 75% felt the experience of performing in front of audiences was an important part of their child's experience nearly two-thirds felt that circus performing arts was a better experience for their child than other out-of-school time activities that their child(ren) had participated in (dance, sports, music lessons, gymnastics, drama, scouts, etc.)

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Circus performing arts training for youth

Circus Juventas serves more 2,000 young people annually
through a combination of year-round classes and summer camps for participants
up to 21 years old; a “Toddler and Kinder Circus Club" for 2 to 5 year
olds and specialized workshops for advanced performers. Curriculum includes
more than 300 classes in five genres of circus performing arts.  Training is provided by experienced circus
performing arts professionals from around the world.  “Cirque du Soleil”-style public performance
opportunities are a key feature of the Circus Juventas experience.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$1,033,253.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Mission: Circus Juventas is a 501(c)3, non-profit performing arts circus school for youth dedicated to inspiring artistry and self-confidence through a multicultural circus arts experience.
    Vision: To be the world's premier youth circus performing arts organization, recognized for providing innovative programming, world-class training and professional-level performances in a state-of-the-art circus center.
    Values: Building self-confidence is an important part of our mission and is achieved through creating an environment that encourages leadership and life skills, teamwork, athleticism, artistry, pursuit of excellence and community service.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Fostering a sense of belonging so that all children and youth, coaches, staff and collaborators feel welcome, safe, accepted and valued for who they are.
    Creating a culture of teamwork in which all students play an equally valuable role. This notion extends to the wider community who, when united under a common goal, are respected, trusted, supported and celebrated and practice open and honest communication.
    Embracing the power of mentoring in which boys and girls of all ages work side by side as equals, learning together the values of discipline and hard work.
    Training all children as a team, from superior athletes to those less gifted.
    Honoring the individual by supporting self-discovery, PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT and responsibility, breakthrough achievement, enhanced self-esteem and appropriate risk-taking.
    Teaching students the value of contributing to society through performances at community and charitable events.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Circus Juventas fully embraces the larger philosophy within circus arts that there is something for everyone, regardless of body type or skill set. By engaging with circus arts, our students are able to explore a variety of interests and develop their individual skills within a nurturing environment. CJ is committed to our students as INDIVIDUALS, and we guide each student's training based on what is best for him or her; we are equally committed to finding ways for all of our students to excel.

    We believe that we are teaching life skills alongside and through circus arts; our core values guide our curriculum. Through their circus classes, our students practice teamwork, trust, commitment and overcoming fear, and they learn to set, reach and surpass personal goals. CJ is in the business of molding minds as well as bodies, and we want our students to become the best versions of themselves they can, not just in circus but in life.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Circus Juventas' advanced students are a highly committed troupe of students, and are the ones who apply to be a part of our Summer Show Cast. These developing circus artists participate in a large-scale, professionally produced showcase that culminates in more than twenty performances in August. Each year, acts are chosen to highlight that specific group of performers' best talents, with a storyline complete with a theatrical plot. Because of the combination of circus arts and storytelling, these students are typically ones who trained at the highest levels in their circus acts plus also have integrated CJ theater and dance, demonstrating their ability to create character and interpret emotion. This troupe trains year-round and is expected to exemplify an extraordinary level of dedication, an interest in reaching the pinnacle of circus training (either at Circus Juventas or beyond), and sense of mentorship to younger students in the school.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The creative vision of Circus Juventas is modeled after the cirque nouveau – or contemporary circus – style of performance. Simply put, this tradition seeks to blend storytelling with the circus arts. With the incorporation of theatrical conventions including narrative, theme and character development, contemporary circus has undergone a natural evolution from the traditional roots of ancient circus practices to become a theatrical collaboration of performing artists.

    Circus Juventas actively engages artists practicing in many mediums in order to craft our productions. Not only do these partnerships add flavor to our shows, they often result in a richer education for our students, as artists are encouraged to teach and otherwise interact with the student body in a variety of ways. One year, a puppeteer's puppet-building workshops led to the resulting work being included in our summer show. Genre-specific dance classes – such as Chinese, ballet, ballroom, belly or hip-hop – are often included in our curriculum and taught by local aficionados as adjunct instructors so that their specialties can add to the authenticity in our productions. The same goes for martial artists, stage combat experts, mask makers, fire performers, etc.

    Creating a world-class experience for our students is paramount. The creative content of Circus Juventas' curriculum and performances reflects both contemporary circus arts and the wider artistic landscape. In this way, we hope to contribute to contemporary circus' continuing creative evolution.
Service Areas

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National

Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area and surrounding communities in the region

Funding Needs

Circus Juventas’ most pressing ongoing need is support for scholarships and outreach. Our outreach activities and performances for schools and community groups generate tremendous interest from potential participants. Scholarship donations allow us to welcome these young people into our program without regard to their ability to pay. Last year, we provided full and partial scholarships to approximately 140 students. For a typical student taking 2 classes per session, the cost can total nearly $900 per student per year. Our goal is to raise $125,000 for scholarship and outreach this year.

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Circus Juventas

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Principal Officer

Mr. Daniel W Butler

Co Principal Officer

Mrs. Elizabeth Butler

BIO

As chief operating officer for Circus Juventas, Dan is responsible for overseeing the finances, operation and overall management of the organization; safety and overview of rigging/equipment; and is a member of the board of directors. Dan also shares responsibility for fundraising with the artistic director and coaches 15 hours a week.  He has had extensive involvement in circus performing arts at Sailor Circus as teen and college student at Florida State University including professional work with Marriot Circus.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Circus Juventas is committed to striving for new levels of excellence in artistry, athleticism, mental acuity and creativity."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dan Butler

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