The American Youth Circus Organization promotes the participation of youth in circus arts. We support the activities of youth circus in the USA through:

* Providing information and training
* Connecting and convening
* Advocacy

In support of these aims we:

* Produce the international AYCO Festival and AYCO Educators’ Conference
* Host regional circus festivals
* Foster communication among circus arts educators and organizations
* Provide circus arts coaches with training procedures and guidelines for safety standards
* Provide support for artistic performers wishing to pursue or expand their circus careers
* Promote youth circus activities through positive media coverage and regular newsletters
* Provide circus-related educational materials to schools and educators
* Advocate for the participation of youth in circus arts