Circesteem Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   28 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture, Children & Youth


4730 N Sheridan Rd Chicago IL 60640 USA


CircEsteem unites youth from diverse racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds and builds self-esteem through the practice and performance of circus arts.


With a 100% graduation rate from high school CircEsteem participants have received over $500,000 in college scholarships. CircEsteem provides dollar for dollar matching funds for participants saving money for college. To date CircEsteem youth have saved over $15,000 for their educational futures. CircEsteem has doubled their savings in addition to providing college scholarships.

Target demographics:

youth gain self-esteem through the practice of circus arts

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1. HomeWork & Circus Work is our after school tutoring program that works with youth 3 days a week combining homework help with circus activities. 2. Saturday circus classes happen for youth Saturday mornings from 8 AM to 1 PM throughout the school year. Come take Silks, Trapeze, Lyra, Tight-rope Walking, Trampoline, Tumbling, Chinese Pole and much more! 3. CircEsteem Summer Camp is a safe, fun, and supportive environment where campers can come and learn all the circus skills 7 weeks out of the summer. 4. We love to do outreach in schools. Invite us to your school where we can teach an after school program every week or a gym class workshop. OR you can bring your school to our location for a field trip! 5. Birthday Parties! Celebrate your birthday at CircEsteem! 6. Invite us to your event where we can host workshops for your guests.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

An excellent program all around! Teaching a diverse group of kids and adults in a beautiful inspiring environment! I was amazed at the level of commitment exhibited by teens. Their pride and ownership was fully evident.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make an invaluable learning experience accessible to so many people who could benefit. I am CPS teacher and I would love to have circesteem do a residency at my school.

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CircEsteem has had a significant impact on my son who has been a participant in the program for more than six years. He has learned how to work cooperatively with others, gained confidence as a performer and developed close relationships with youth from all over the city. His life and our family has been enriched through his particpation in this amazing program. I recommend CircEsteem to children of all ages to both learn valuable skills and to have fun in a multicultural environment. Rick George, MSW

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

numerous children and youth. Kids not only learn valuable skills but they get an opportunity to perform, in some case get jobs as performers.

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