International Jugglers’ Association
NEED-BASED YOUTH JUGGLERSHIP
Application Deadline: April 1 each year
A limited number of Youth Jugglerships (an IJA sponsorship for a young juggler) will be made available each year so that deserving young people, who otherwise would not be able to afford it, can attend the annual IJA Festival. The Youth Jugglerships will offer each chosen young person an IJA Festival Event Package and a one year IJA membership. Transportation and lodging is the responsibility of the individual.
Youth Jugglerships are need-based and are intended for young people ages 17 and under who would not otherwise be able to attend the annual IJA Festival without outside assistance. The individual must be 17 or younger during the festival dates. Individuals must be nominated by a sponsor. Individuals may not nominate themselves. Parents or family members cannot serve as sponsors. Those being nominated may not have attended any previous IJA Festivals.
The sponsor should complete the Sponsor and Nominee information requested below. They are also required to compose a letter of referral—about 300 words– which includes the following:
- How long have you known the young juggler?
- Describe the nominee’s juggling ability.
- Describe the nominee’s desire to learn more.
- Include special characteristics of this young juggler and why they are
deserving of an IJA Jugglership.
- Include background, along with any other information you feel is pertinent
to the committee’s decision.
Email all information and referral letter to youthjugglerships (at) juggle (dot) org no later than April 1.
Snail mail the information and referral letter to Youth Jugglership Program, 90 Stock Street, Nesquehoning, PA 18240. Please make sure all items reach us by April 1.
There is an application pdf file available.
Sponsor Information Name:______________________________ Phone Number: __________ Address:__________________________________________________ City: _________________ State/Province:________________________ Postal Code:__________ Country:_________________ Email Address: _____________________________________________ IJA Member Since: _________ (must be an IJA member in good standing) Relationship to Nominee:_______________________________________ Nominee Information Name:______________________________ Phone Number: __________ Address:_______________________________________ City: _____________________ State/Province: ___________________ Country: ____________________ Email Address of Nominee:_____________________ Parent’s name:________________________ Phone Number: __________ Address: (if different from above) ______________________________ Email Address of Parent:_______________________ IJA Member Since:__________________ or Not Yet A Member:__________
Notification of Nominees
Once a nominee’s sponsor information and letter have been received and reviewed by the committee, the nominees and their parents will be contacted by a member of the Youth Jugglership Committee. The nominee will be asked to write an essay explaining why he/she are deserving of an IJA Youth Jugglership and how juggling has enriched their lives. This essay must be submitted by email to the committee members at . If the nominee does not submit this essay by the deadline, their nomination for the IJA Youth Jugglership will be withdrawn.
In addition, the nominee’s parent(s) must send confirmation they have read their son or daughter’s essay. To establish that the Youth Jugglership is truly need-based, the parent(s) must confirm that without the Jugglership, their son or daughter would not be attending.
Youth Jugglerships are not transferable and may not be redeemed for cash.
Notification of IJA Youth Jugglership Award Recipients
Nomination applications will be reviewed by a committee of at least five IJA members (including at least one board member). Notification will be made by phone to the Youth Jugglership recipients and their sponsor no later than May 1.