2017 Strategic Plan

Dear Opening Act Family,

As we enter the 2017-2018 school year, I’m thrilled to share with you Opening Act’s 3-Year Strategic Plan.  Last year, our board and staff spent an intense, 8-month period engaging with key stakeholders to gather insights and feedback to help identify and prioritize Opening Act’s focus for the next three years.

In these conversations, we took time to reflect on our past work and success and evaluate where we find ourselves in this moment. Those discussions helped us to determine the following top tier priorities:

 A renewed commitment to serving the most vulnerable populations of students

 A responsive approach to our students’ and schools’ needs with our core programming

 A commitment to utilize Opening Act’s unique assets, skills, and networks to support our students’ success as they transition out of high school and on to their second act

 We intend to deliver on these promises, primarily through three new programming initiatives:

 Opening Act’s District 79 Expansion

 Act 2: Opening Act’s College and Career Readiness Program

 Middle School Expansion

I hope you’ll take a moment to review our Strategic Planning Brief.  In it, you’ll find details on our process as well as our plans for implementing the new programming priorities.

It’s an exciting time for Opening Act!  Each year, we’re serving more students and partnering with more schools. We have also expanded our staff to ensure that we can successfully meet the needs of all of our students. All of us at Opening Act look forward to growing in our mission to develop the next generation of diverse storytellers, innovative thinkers, creative artists, and community leaders.  

None of this would be possible without each of you. Thank you for all you do to support our work and our students.


Suzy Myers Jackson

Executive Director