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Welcome our newest Board member: Fawzi Belal

Fawzi Belal is an equity strategist with a wealth of experience in creating outreach strategies to foster inclusion, belonging, and strong communities. His drive to foster equity for his communities is inspired by his experiences as a new immigrant in survival mode during his teenage years. Fawzi is a family person, a father of two amazing boys, a former professional athlete and coach, and an unapologetic trauma-informed leader. He holds a Masters in Human Service and Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on D&I and has a deep belief in using deliberate inclusive practices to bring out the best in everyone. He also earned a Diversity and Inclusion certification from Cornell University and is an IDI Qualified Administrator ( and offers consulting services for sports teams in DEI:

We are more than happy to have Fawzi on our Board. Please join us in giving him a big warm circus welcome!

Monkey Pox – Health Alert 8/6/22

Important Monkeypox Information



Number of cases in Washington: 175 

Total number of cases in the United States: 7,510 

Monkeypox spreads in several ways, such as through prolonged skin-to-skin contact and bodily fluids. Know how to identify distinctive symptoms, rashes, or sores that can look like blisters or pimples. Seek care and protect others if you suspect infection. Monkeypox is a treatable viral disease primarily spread through higher-risk behaviors – such as sex with multiple partners or being in crowded, indoor spaces where people have close skin-to-skin contact and close breathing. 

Cases around the region are included among the 3,487 on July 25. Everyone should know how to identify the rashes and protect themselves – both before and after an infection. 

Monkeypox usually appears on individuals as distinctive rashes or sores that can look like blisters or pimples. Risk remains low for those not engaging in higher-risk activities, but shared bedding and clothing is another vehicle for spread. 

Know how to identify the rashes and sores so you can seek out a post-exposure vaccine through health care providers if needed. There are also simple, non-pharmaceutical precautions people can take to protect themselves when in these higher-risk environments. 


Simple actions can help protect you from exposure to monkeypox: 

  • Consider covering exposed skin in dense, indoor crowds 
  • Don’t share bedding or clothing with others when possible 
  • Before having close, physical contact with others, talk to your partners about their health and any recent  rashes or sores 
  • Stay aware if traveling to countries where there are outbreaks
  • When around people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox, avoid: 
  • close, skin-to-skin contact, such as through kissing, hugging, cuddling, or sex; 
  • sharing bedding, clothing, or utensils. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. PROTECT OTHERS 

There are also actions you can take to protect others if you have symptoms – particularly a rash consistent with  monkeypox, such as these: Source:

If you have one of those tell-tale rashes or if you have had contact with someone diagnosed with monkeypox: 

  • Stay home if you are feeling sick 
  • Contact a health care provider as soon as possible for an evaluation 
  • Avoid skin-to-skin, or close contact with others, including sexual contact, until a medical evaluation has  been completed 
  • Inform sex partners about any symptoms you are experiencing 
  • Cover the rash with clean, dry, loose-fitting clothing 
  • Wear a well-fitted mask 
  • If you are contacted by public health officials, answer their confidential questions to help protect others  who may have been exposed 


There are other contagious illnesses that can cause rash or skin lesions that should also be treated. For example,  syphilis and herpes are much more common than monkeypox and can look similar. 

Anyone can get monkeypox, but some groups are currently at higher risk. Many of the current cases are within networks of self-identified gay and bisexual men, trans people, and men who have sex with men. People in these networks are currently at higher risk, though people of any sexual orientation or gender identity can become infected and spread monkeypox. 

We continue to urge the media, government officials, and the community-at-large to support those at highest risk,  encourage others to take precautions, and avoid stigmatizing a particular group or person for monkeypox. With cases of monkeypox spreading, know how to protect yourself and others so you can help keep our whole community safe. 


  • Monkeypox Guidance and Status in U.S. (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Monkeypox: Social Gatherings & Safer Sex (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Monkeypox: Pets in the home (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 
  • Monkeypox Guidance & Status in California (California Department of Public Health) First Alameda County Resident with Confirmed Orthopox Virus Infection, Suspected Monkeypox (Alameda  County Public Health)

Camp Volunteer opportunity

Our day camps allow students to develop physical skills, increase confidence, build self-esteem and get physically fit. If you are passionate about the circus arts and looking to gain volunteer hours, this might be the right opportunity for you! 

Full-day camps are 9 am-3 pm. 

Volunteers are expected to: 

  • Assist with set up at the beginning of each day.
  • Greet campers as they arrive and help them find cubbies, as well as escort them to their coaches.
  • Be a welcoming influence throughout the day, showing enthusiasm and celebrating the successes of campers.
  • Assist campers with transitions between circus stations, facilitating the movement of camp groups through the gym space.
  • Uphold SANCA’s COVID-19 guidelines, reminding campers about proper social distancing and mask-wearing.
  • Assist individual campers with finding an available bathroom, a band-aid, or an ice pack
  • Be available to coaches who may need extra support throughout the day. 
  • Help to supervise during outdoor mask breaks and lunchtime.
  • Other duties as outlined by Misty the camps manager. (Tie-Dye, Crafts, assisting on the floor, etc.) 






Camps Manager

Misty Doty

Program Director

Tom Hanna

We’re Hiring! Camp Coaches

Circus Camp Coach
School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts

Reports to: Camp Manager

The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA) is looking for energetic and enthusiastic circus coaches for circus camp. Camps run Monday – Friday, 9am-3pm. All hired coaches will be trained to coach to SANCA’s standards of safety and skill progressions. 

Description: SANCA’s Camp Program provides a fun, engaging, and safe experience for children between ages 6 and 15, with camps grouped by age into pods of 6. Coaches will instruct campers in trampoline, tumbling, aerial rope and silk, static trapeze, partner Acro, German Wheel, Unicycle, juggling, and other circus skills. Coaches will help to create an exciting and fun experience that includes teamwork, a positive atmosphere, and the joy of circus, helping campers through the challenge of learning new things by breaking difficult or complex skills down into steps, and helping their students feel successful, whatever their rate of progression. 

Camp coaches are part-time, with hours ranging from 18 to 33 hours per week.  Coaches are scheduled in AM (8:30am-1:30pm) or PM (10:30am-3:30pm) shifts.  

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Adhere to SANCA’s policies, objectives, and rules 
  • Support SANCA’s Mission and Vision 
  • Participate in SANCA Camp staff training 
  • Present a warm and welcoming demeanor towards campers and parents, and engage with campers in a fun and constructive manner
  • Maintain a safe environment for the student, physically and emotionally
  • Supervise and instruct campers in a variety of circus skills and apparatuses, including the Flying Trapeze tent, Tie-Dye, or Crafts as assigned by SANCA’s camp manager
  • Coach circus classes with an emphasis on safety, positivity, and small steps to success. 
  • Follow the curriculum and weekly rotation
  • Present a high level of professionalism as a teacher/representative of SANCA
  • Prepare for each day’s classes before camp begins
  • Communicate with other coaches teaching at the same time as you to maintain good flow throughout the gym and rotation of use of equipment
  • Communicate with the supervisor about needs, challenges, and student progress
  • Be present and ready to greet campers 30 minutes before camp starts and work with other coaches to clean up camp areas 30 minutes after camp ends (this is paid time)
  • Help campers develop social skills during snack, lunch, and other ‘down’ time
  • Provide motivational support and guidance to campers
  • Communicate and enforce SANCA’s COVID protocols


The ideal candidate would have

  • Have experience working with culturally diverse youth 
  • Have experience teaching youth 
  • Have good classroom management skills 
  • Have a working knowledge of child’s physical and cognitive development 
  • Have a broad knowledge of circus skills and safe progressions (especially, tumbling, Acro, juggling, tightwire, rolling globe, trapeze, trampoline) 
  • A Willingness to learn
  • Be a strong leader, patient, mature, and dependable 
  • Have First Aid/CPR certification  
  • Ability to lift equipment and spot students where appropriate
  • Ability to motivate and effectively communicate with co-workers, parents, and students
  • Exercises mature judgment and sound decision-making
  • Demonstrates enthusiastic attitude and positive demeanor

Minimum requirements are:

  • Experience working with youth 
  • Working knowledge of circus skills 
  • Pass a background check 
  • Patience and ability to deal with stressful situations 

Email resume to: Program Director, Tom Hanna at

SANCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.