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At-risk youth transitioning into Adulthood through social Circus Training (CIRCUS A.C.T.) aims at easing the transition into adulthood of youth at-risk of social exclusion by strengthening their key competences and basic skills through the social circus methodology. The youth will take part in local social circus workshops with the aim of enhancing their emotional, physical, and mental health, improving their physical literacy, personal development and social growth and thus, helping them take up an active role in society.

Social circus is an innovative approach based on the combination of circus arts and social-pedagogy which aims to assist personal development and boost self-esteem and social competence of at-risk youth through circus instruction and performance. In addition to teaching general social skills such as leadership and teamwork, it connects people who might otherwise be socially isolated and presents a novel method for engaging disadvantaged youth. The participation in social circus performances has been shown to boost confidence and increase resilience by providing a safe avenue for adolescents to test physical limits.

The partnership consists of either research and educational, youth or circus/social circus organizations from Cyprus, Germany, Estonia, Hungary, Finland and Slovenia.

Funding reference

CIRCUS A.C.T. (2021-1-CY02-KA220-YOU-000029183) is a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

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