CircusTeens is CircEsteem’s youth employment program created in 2004. It provides opportunities for older students to become more involved with CircEsteem. It is an opportunity for them to gain work experience and save money for college while doing something they love. The CircusTeens are paid to mentor younger students, teach circus skills, perform and assist at HomeWork & CircusWork, Summer and Winter Camp, and on Saturdays with the Chicago Youth Circus.
In order to be a CircusTeen, students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average, demonstrate a level of maturity and responsibility, be able to show mastery of specific circus skills, have a passion for performing and model positive behavior and leadership skills.
CircEsteem is proud of its high school graduates who have all shown that with determination and a belief in oneself, anything is possible. CircEsteem works hard to help graduates follow their dreams with job opportunities, college scholarships and the knowledge that they always have a safe place and a circus family to come back to.
CircEsteem has grown into such an amazing program because of the countless hours and limitless energy given by circus professionals, curious volunteers, and excited educators passing on what they know. Our staff has gone on to tour with circuses as acrobats and clowns, gone to public and private schools bringing circus to their classrooms and started outreach programs of their own.
Maribeth Joy – Executive Director
Monica George – Director of Operations
Andrew Tham – Administrative Coordinator
Kasumi Kato – HomeWork & CircusWork Coordinator
Eric Emert – Technical Director