Youth Juggling Company, LLC
5905 Concord Avenue
Edina, MN 55424
Developing youth through juggling since 1994.
Journal November, 2003
Part 2: The Social Realm
Last month, three physical policies of being a Jughead were
highlighted: Equipment Use, Clean Up, and Snack. This month focuses on
four social policies of membership:
PEOPLE BY NAME--Last year, I devoted a full article to the value of
using a persons name (or title) in addressing them. In the way of
reminder, it is expected that every Jughead, when greeted by name, returns
the greeting by name. (This eliminates the trend to simply say Hey
with an apathetic tone as if the greeter is an impersonal telemarketer
or TV character.) Obviously, this applies to adults (and I encourage using
Mr., Mrs., Dr., etc.), but I also
encourage Jugheads to learn and use their peers names as often as
possible. Names are very personal, and they build friendships, trust and
ETIQUETTE--Unless someone is in immediate danger, no Jughead is allowed
to interrupt the coach or a fellow juggler while he or she is passing,
solo juggling, or talking. Despite our fast-paced/loud/crowded setting,
each person must wait until a pause in juggling or conversation before
asking a question or sharing a record.
over a policy from my days leading the WISE GUYS program, no music is
allowed at JH that contains explicit lyrics or even lyrics with overt
innuendo. Along those lines, we rarely (if ever) listen to music radio
stations, since the content isnt controlled.
JUGGLERS--One of the reasons why we can average 25 kids in each JH
club is that each Jughead is expected to work in a self-directed manner
(for the most part). We have a weekly club meeting to share records, review
policies, highlight juggling technique, etc., and my assistants and I
are dedicated to helping individual Jugheads, but that still leaves a
majority of time that any given Jughead will work alone or with a partner,
without direction from the coach or an assistant. This allows for every
Jughead to progress at his or her own pace. The result? Even with varying
rates of learning, a Jughead gets out of a weekly club workout what he
or she puts into it.
Attached invitation is ticket to fun
A tradition started in 1996 at the Arnebergs house, our annual Holiday
Party is a great time for our entire company of kids to enjoy each other
in the middle of the festive and familial holiday season. Heartfelt thanks
is due to Adys Davila, mother of Girls I.J.A.er Natalie, for once again
opening up the party room in her York Plaza apartment complex as she did
for our past two Juggle Jam cast parties and last years Holiday
Party. See the attached invitation for more details; sign up by December
Parent, Jughead Committees starting
--Wendy Arneberg is once again forming a parent committee to plan and
oversee the workings of Juggle Jam VI (April 30-May 1, 2004). We need
5-10 parents on the committee with a commitment to meet monthly from January-May
and recruit other parents for applicable tasks (both pre-production and
during the show itself). Please contact Wendy at 952-926-0896 or Warneberg@aol.com
to get involved, either on the committee or to make yourself available
for delegated duties.
--The JUGHEADS Officers will begin meeting again in December, both to
plan for J-Jam VI and to address overall visionary and leadership needs
of our company. On Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10-Noon, the Officer Team will
meet at the Arnebergs home followed by the option of setting up
for (and thus getting an early start on) the all-JH party that same afternoon.
(Officers are hand-picked by Paul Arneberg, but any eager kids may inquire
about involvement in this leadership team of Jugheads.)
Enthusiasm, progress marks new roster
Normally reserved for a spotlight closer to our annual juggling show,
I decided to hold up Girls I.J.A. early in the year as a role model for
all of our other clubs. This clubs membership roster took a hit
when more than half of last years girls decided to either switch
to High School Club or to discontinue altogether due to busy high school
schedules. As a special opportunity (which may or may not become permanent),
I relaxed the technical standards required to join this club, and the
result is that we now have more girls than we had a year ago! The enthusiasm
and rapid progress of this club has been a joy to behold, and the wide
age range has been a benefit, not a detriment, to our clubs harmony
and cohesiveness. Look for great things from these girls by Juggle Jam
VI! Girls I.J.A.
Jugheads perform on the road
--The 18-member Ultimate Club team is preparing to make our 5th annual
appearance at Celebrating Youth! Show-casing Positive Youth Development
(the statewide exhibition put on by the Wisconsin Youth Co. for programs
related to youth) on Nov. 16 in Madison. All-new routines will be debuted
by The Blues Boys, The Swing Sisters, Brett Kissell, Ryan Towey and Billy
Watson. Experienced soloists Anthony Peterson, Scott Richter and Riley
Wiklund will also perform, along with our I.J.A. bronze medal routine
and three signature group routines.
--On Nov. 8, Scott Richter, Billy Watson, Riley Wiklund and Kelvin Ying
performed a formal show for a group of young children at the Childrens
Museum in St. Paul.
--If you or your business would like to hire any part of the Ultimate
Club to perform at your event, please contact Mary Watson at 952-829-5349
or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
--CONGRATULATIONS to the following Jugheads who have achieved the
standards for our JH I.J.A. clubs since last June: Andy A., Natalie, Bernard,
Will H., Johnny L., Caitie, Bryan R., and Silas. Three young men also
achieved the Ultimate Club standards over the summer: Anthony P., Scott
R. and Ryan T.. Most recently, Ryan M. passed the Ultimate Club standards
and will join their ranks next month!
--JUGGLE JAM VI: April 30-May 1, 2004 marks our 8th annual juggling
show (dress reh. April 22 & 29). All weekly Jugheads may perform;
specialty act auditions in April.
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