Youth Juggling Academy “Passing” and “Donor” badges are now available!

YJA “Passing” and “Donor” badges are now available! The new badges are: “YJA Donor” –  Want to donate a few bucks to the YJA? Help us fund our program and we will give you a cool badge! “Passing Juggler” – Demonstrates a run of 20 passes per juggler of any six object pattern, using any prop or combination of props. …

Youth Juggling Academy Achievement Badge Program for IJA Members of all Ages, with Prizes!

The IJA Youth Juggling Academy (formerly known as the IJA Youth Education Program or “YEP”) is launching an exciting new achievement recognition program! This program is not just for kids; adult IJA members can earn achievement badges, too. Rather than a one-size-fits-all leveling system, the Youth Juggling Academy (YJA) achievement program is loosely patterned after the badges used by the …

The Name Game

The IJA’s Youth Education Program (YEP) is looking for a new name, and we want your ideas!  We’re looking for something fun which will appeal to kids and teens of all ages, in any country. The name will be chosen by our current YEP organizers (Ellen Winters, Erin Stephens, Bekah Smith, and Nathan Wakefield). If your name is chosen you …

Juggling Helps Kids Stay in School

Juggling has been part of the Fayetteville, Arkansas, ALLPS program (Agee-Lierly Life Preparations Services Center) for the past 20 years. ALLPS is an alternative learning high school program for kids who have not necessarily been successful in other high school settings, and it has been helping kids stay in school since 1972. Recently I enjoyed a conversation about juggling with …

“I Wanna Juggle, Too!” – Teaching Juggling to Little Kids

I’ve taught juggling for many years and have learned a lot about improvising when things don’t go according to plan. Problems have run the gambit from having twice as many kids as I planned for, to children showing me the “trick” of using diabolo string to strangle one another. The challenge that vexed me the most was that children typically …