Our 2021-2022 school and community based programs engaged 285 Oakland public school students ages 5 – 17:
- 28% participated in prior years’ programs
- 73% Black / African American
- 18% Latino/Latina/Latinx/Hispanic
- 3% White
- 5% Mixed Race
- 1% Asian/Pacific Islander
School based programs at 10 Oakland public schools
450 classes and over 750 hours of instruction
Prescott Elementary, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, Montera Middle, Parker Elementary and Middle School, Piedmont Ave. Elementary, REACH Academy Elementary and Sankofa United. Short term residencies Allendale Elementary, Horace Mann, and La Escualita
Circus Pathways for Older Youth
- 7 core participants
- Weekend training at DeFremery Park and West Oakland Library
- Aerial arts training workshop in partnership with Kinetic Arts Center
April 23, 2022 Program-wide Showcase with the Oakland Spirit Orchestra and the OUSD Young Adult Program Choir in partnership with Mosswood Recreation Center.
- 75+ OUSD student performers
- Over 10 public schools represented
- Over 50% of students’ first time performing on a stage.
- 15 teaching artist mentors
- 250 audience members
- Presented in Spanish and English with ASL interpretation
2022 Summer Circus and Academic 6-week Program.
- 24 dedicated students ages 8 – 16
- July 6 Family Literacy Celebration and Poetry Reading
- Performances of student-written show, “Outside-In” at DeFremery Park and Oakland Tech Theater on July 9 and 13.
- Over 550 children and youth from the community including 8 childcare centers and camps
Summer 2022 Student Survey Responses
82% – I learned how to set goals and meet them
65% – This program helped me think about the future
64% – I am more of a leader since coming to this program
95%- This program helps me be more physically active
86% – I am better at something I used to think was difficult
2022 Summer Press
- Oaklandside 7/14/23, “At Prescott Circus Theatre, kids learn self-expression by clowning around”
- KTVU Fox Channel 2. 7/15/23: Prescott Circus Theatre Helping Oakland Youth
The kids presented an incredible show at the end of the program and the teachers gave us encouraging feedback saying that it made their jobs easier. It brought them joy to see the kids thriving, and that they were looking for ways to expand a partnership with PCT for the future!
– Noah Cremean, REACH Academy ’21-‘22
There was one student who was afraid to walk even one step on stilts back when we had him in 3rd grade before the pandemic. This year he was one of our stilt walkers in the showcase. It was amazing to see his confidence grow.
– Deb Moore. East Oakland Pride Academy ’21-‘22
Parker Elementary school day residency. Grade 6-8 Special Day Class
Summer 2022 Highlights
Outside-In, Summer 2022 Production
2021-2022 Program photos