Supporting Youth through Circus
My Nose Turns Red is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Tax number 31-1203908.
After 35 years, 2019 has marked several milestones! Because of generous donors, we increase our scholarships for free circus classes and camps, hired a full-time executive director, brought in 10 guest coaches for circus camps and workshops, showcased six students at the American Youth Circus Festival in San Diego, and rode illuminated unicycles in Cincinnati’s second BLINK Parade. It has been an exceptional year!
“I realized how much circus helps me with stress and anxiety. It’s not just the circus training, it’s the community I feel and the social aspect of it, and without that, it’s been hard,” responded Carleigh, a Circus Youth in Action team member, a few months into the pandemic.
Community is a central component of what we do.
Youth engaged in circus learn to trust and support each other both physically and emotionally as they take risks and persevere to master new and exciting skills. These skills, and this community, have become even more important in the past year. Due to COVID-19, we have all felt more isolated than before. And this is especially true for young people. As Carleigh reminds us, My Nose Turns Red’s programming is a significant part of our students’ social-emotional well-being.
COVID-19 recommendations for social distancing required us to reduce capacity in all of our programs. Yet, we persevered to sustain as much face-to-face programming as we could, while bringing circus to children and youth in new, virtual formats. We are thankful for all of our donors, the board of directors, and funders who have helped sustain our work in the midst of tremendous challenge. Although we will be unable to gather audiences for some time, and most of our after-school programs are on hold, we are committed to finding new ways of serving culturally, linguistically, and socio-economically diverse youth.
We remain a safe, non-competitive place where youth learn how to collaborate and communicate, create engaging performances, celebrate the joy of working toward a personal goal, develop leadership skills, and learn to trust and support each other.
We made it through 2020—almost—and next year will be just as challenging. We need your support to help My Nose Turns Red finish the year strong and poised to continue to provide the joys and challenges of circus to the youth of our community.
Thank you for your support.
Jean St. John