National Study Shows Positive Impact of Social Circus on Youth at Risk

Trenton Circus Squad participated in this 2017 eight-site study by the David P Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. The study showed that the programs performed comparably (or better than) exemplary SEL programs, and better than the general sample of youth programs on measures of instructional practice (including challenging curriculum, responsive instruction, and youth engagement).

Why Circus Works

American Youth Circus Organization, January 2016
This paper provides a synthesis of evidence of the impact of circus arts programming on youth.

Effective Circus

Centre for Practise as Research in Theatre, University of Tampere, Finland, 2013
Multi-organization study of the well-being effects from Social Circus

Arts Education and Positive Youth Development

Kenneth Elpus,University of Maryland, 2013

Arts Education and Positive Youth Development: Cognitive, Behavioral, and Social Outcomes of Adolescents who Study the Arts

Preparing Youth to Thrive

Methodology and Findings from the Social and Emotional Learning Challenge; Charles Smith, Gina McGovern, Stephen C Peck, Reed Larson, Leanne Roy

The Socioemotional Benefits of the Arts: A New Mandate for Arts Education

Steven J Holochwost and Dennie Palmer Wolf, Wolf Brown