Youth Juggling Academy
The International Jugglers’ Association is proud to support educational juggling programs around the world through our Youth Juggling Academy (YJA). The YJA is an achievement system designed to accommodate children of all ages and juggling interests, and it can be used simultaneously with any other achievement system that juggling instructors already have in place.
Learn A Skill – Earn A Button
The YJA program awards achievement button to jugglers for making progress. Instead of using a one-size-fits-all leveling system, Youth Juggling Academy achievements are loosely patterned after button used by the Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts of America – Learn a Skill, Earn a Button. Jugglers 18 years old or younger will receive the buttons free of cost, other than the cost of shipping and handling.
The YJA isn’t only for kids; adult IJA members can earn achievements and contribute to the YJA’s mission of supporting youth juggling for a small donation.
How do I get my buttons?
To receive buttons, email confirmation of the completed qualifications to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the youth’s name and age and the mailing address where the buttons can be shipped. Please state in the email if you are willing to allow the IJA to use the video footage to celebrate the success, promote the program, and inspire other jugglers. The YJA Director will then be in touch with you to discuss the process for sending the cost of shipping and handling.
Record a Video
Send in a video demonstrating the required skills. Videos will not be shared publicly unless we receive written consent from the juggler (and parents if the juggler is under 18).
Juggle for a qualified IJA member
Demonstrate the buttons requirements to a qualified IJA member for certification. The qualified IJA member should send an email confirming the buttons requirements to email@example.com.
in addition to its motivational benefits, the youth juggling academy also:
Promotes interest in juggling among non-juggling youth through wearable achievement
Boosts youth membership in the International Jugglers’ Association
Fosters increased communication among the youth juggling community as a whole
Jugglers 18 years old or younger will receive their buttons at no cost. For each button earned, they will get one entry into a periodic raffle of juggling props, books, DVDs and shirts. Entries remain in the raffle pot until chosen as a winner or until the conclusion of the current year (measured September-August).
Adults can purchase buttons through the IJA store, but don’t let that stop you from working on earning badges now! The sale of adult badges is the YJA’s only source of renewable funding, so please help support this program!
If you have any questions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow the YJA on Facebook and Instagram at @yjajugglers.