About

Big Top Steel is a FREE training program for Oakland Teens. We work to build opportunities for youth to develop skill sets that will serve them throughout their lives, encouraging positive, pro social engagement with their communities.

We take an integrative approach to teaching and learning, stressing respect, collaboration, and trust. Each youth selected for this camp brings something unique and different. Our goal is to meet them where they are at, and help them grow beyond what they thought imaginable.  Like our students, each of the partner groups and individuals involved are unique in what they bring to the group as a whole.  What they have in common is creative application and integration of the arts and self in service with the rest of the world.  

We are artists who make a living with our art.  We serve populations in the US and internationally. We create jobs, bring joy, teach, and learn constantly. We work really hard, we love it, and we are happy. Those are the things that we want to encourage in young adults about to enter the world.

This program assumes that young adults are capable and competent people with loads of creativity that can and should be brought into the world.  That they are smart enough to develop their own creations and kind enough to want to give back.

They will train hard with some of the best in the biz, and become better showmen and performers.

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