Developing youth through juggling since 1994.
JUGHEADS Journal December, 2005
Founded in January 2001 as a formal way to help Paul direct the annual Juggle Jam, the JH Officer Team has now expanded year-round meetings, nurturing student leadership and input into every aspect of the JH Youth Juggling Co. Kicked off by an 8-hour mini-retreat in September, this 10-member team of 7th-11th grade youth meets from 9-Noon one Saturday per month (except July and August). Despite the odd hours for a group of adolescents, meetings have exceptional attendance and participation, allowing these kids to develop as leaders and each aspect of JH to be represented in formal decision-making and visionary processes. Whereas officers were formerly elected by their peers, we moved to an application system in 2004-2005, requiring each officer candidate to articulate in writing their qualifications, experience, and vision for helping to lead our company. All Jugheads are encouraged to look to this team of their peers for guidance and to offer suggestions for everything ranging from Juggle Jam routines to snack time policies. 2005-2006 Officers are: 11th graders Sofia, Scott, Selby, Billy, Kelvin; 9th graders Nate and Hanna; 8th graders Caitie and Amanda; and 7th grader Colin.
Annual JH Recital
Mark your calendar for Friday, March 10 and our first annual JUGHEADS recital at the Hopkins High School Auditorium! The director for this inaugural event is 11th grade Officer, Assistant and Ultimate Club member Kelvin (see his article in our inaugural youth "Forum"). The vision is to have a late winter event where any solo or ensemble act may perform for an appreciative audience in order to gain performance experience and confidence. Compared to our Juggle Jam tradition, this new recital concept will be a "bare bones" production (e.g., no club routines and no fancy lighting), but it will be a legitimate performance experience nonetheless. We're excited to expand our in-house performance opportunities, especially since Juggle Jam auditions are highly competitive. The only requirement to participate in this recital is to sign up, complete a routine, and preview it for Paul or Kelvin by March 3, 2006.
The weekly club tuition payment plan for JH correlates to seasons: Sept.-Dec.; Jan.-March; April-June. The cost of each club may vary due to school release days. (See attached registration form for winter juggling camps!) If you register by check on or before Friday, Dec. 16, please remember to reduce each club's tuition by $20 for your earlybird discount. Also note that Jugheads may not attend their respective winter club(s) until registered. Below is a guide to the code and amount for the club(s) in which your child(ren) are members. You may sign up via the attached form (mail it to the JH Home Office or drop it off at the JH Gym Office) or online (www.jugheads.com) or by simply giving a check to Paul made out to JUGHEADS, LLC.
Although more will be written in January regarding St. Paul's MONDO Fest and July's IJA Fest in Portland, OR, here are some quick takes regarding the three big JH trips in 2006:
SPOTLIGHT: High School
Created in the fall of 2001 as a means to give high school Jugheads an alternative to after school clubs, High School Club has gone from lack of vision and hit-and-miss attendance (based on punchcards) to a relied-upon club attended by eight members of Ultimate Club. Simply put, this is now a club like any other, except for its informality and size. The average ability level among this students is extraordinarily high, yet conversations, laughter and reviews of old juggling videos are just as likely to take place as are records and new routine choreography.