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 …

(Not the Last) Message from the Chair, February 2013

Hello, everyone! First and foremost, let me clear something up. As far back as the Winston-Salem festival, I have heard rumors and whispers. “I sure hope the Bowling Green festival goes well, because if it doesn’t, I hear it will be the last IJA festival!” And at every festival I’ve been to since, I’ve heard the same rumors. Let me …

A Message from the Chair, November 2012

The past month has been a slower month than usual, so I don’t have as much to report. But it is always good to keep in touch, and update you on what we can. Festival planning for this summer’s festival in Bowling Green continues onward. While Kim Laird is working tirelessly already on tidying up details, she has also brought …

A Message from the Chair

For those of you I haven’t met (yet), allow me to introduce myself. I’m Dave Pawson, and I’ll be your chairman of the board for the next year. This is sincerely an honor for me, and makes for very exciting times. But as exciting as this is for me, there are a lot of things going on these days that …

Planting Kudzu

Kudzu is a climbing, semi-woody, perennial vine in the pea family. Once kudzu is established, it grows rapidly at a rate of up to a foot a day, and can be almost impossible to remove. When I got back into the juggling community in 2011, it didn’t take long for me to figure out that my juggling was nothing particularly …

Props 2 U

Photo: Props 2 U Recipients: Mini Mobile Children’s Circus – Afghanistan Props 2 U is an IJA program focused on collecting prop donations to give to juggling education programs around the world, which otherwise could not afford them. Last year, we raised over 600 props to send to programs in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and IJA YEP Reps across the US. We …