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Through circus and theatre arts education, the Prescott Circus Theatre's mission is to empower and engage youth as they develop confidence, teamwork, perseverance, artistic talent, and a dedication to working for success. By providing professional training, unique curriculum, and a safe environment for underserved youth, our Oakland-based non-profit youth development organization promotes skill mastery, physical activity, positive relationships with peers and adults, and opportunities to shine for the community.
We believe that regardless of circumstance, every young person in Oakland has the capacity to succeed and that circus and theater arts are proven vehicles for creative youth development and arts learning. Over the past 33 years, Prescott Circus Theatre has provided free, unique programing for youth from underserved Oakland schools and neighborhoods. We challenge our students, through circus and theatre arts education, to live our core principles of hard work, teamwork, practice, believe in self, and never give up. Since our inception in 1984, we have delivered against our mission of promoting skills and self confidence children need to thrive on stage and in life.
Prescott Circus Theatre serves approximately 200 youth each year through free afterschool, weekend, and summer programs. The Prescott Circus Performing Company program, approximately 20 students from West Oakland, perform and make appearances at over 50 events each year.