The AYCO Youth Advisory Committee is a small committee of current and engaged AYCO youth members which provides feedback to the AYCO Board of Directors from the youth perspective. The YAC provides suggestions, opinions, and input on the efficacy and impact of AYCO structure, programs, events, and initiatives. The YAC also develops and implements targeted projects (examples include the Gender and Circus Coaching resource sheet and the College Circus Club List).
The YAC meets monthly via video conference, as members are located all over the country. Current YAC members as of 1/1/2021 are: Natasha Shatzkin and Ruth Schultz.
YAC nominations are rolling (always open). To apply, fill out the form below. Once you have submitted your application, the YAC will ask a few more questions via email, and possibly ask the applicant to participate in a video interview. We recommend that YAC nominees be ages 16+.
A YAC nominee must be a current AYCO member. If purchasing a youth membership would be a financial barrier for your participation in the Youth Advisory Committee, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
The YAC is committed to expanding diversity in all forms of representation – racially, culturally, socioeconomically, geographically, and gender identity. Our focus is on centering marginalized voices in circus, particularly youth of color, LGBTQIA youth, and disabled youth.