International Jugglers’ Association

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: __________


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: __________


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.