In celebration of this joyous season and Opening Act’s triumphant return to the stage, we invite you to partner with us by helping us raise $50,000 to carry our programs ONWARDS & UPWARDS into the new year!
“A long time returner said that she came back because acting was the one space that she felt like she could be her goofy self and not have to worry about people thinking she was different.”
Teaching Artist Reflection, Fall 2021
OPENING ACT’S STUDENTS’ SOCIAL EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND WELLNESS IS CENTER STAGE!
Opening Act surveyed students across all of our programs to assess and understand their social emotional learning needs as they continue to re-adjust to in-person learning and courageously face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Programs Team and amazing Teaching Artist use this self-reported data to customize our curriculum in real time so we can better understand the unique experiences of our students.
What did our students’ surveys tell us?
This Fall, we’ve learned that our students need the most support in the area of CONTRIBUTION: a young person’s desire to engage with and contribute to family, community, and society.
And the GREAT NEWS is… Opening Act programs are all about CONTRIBUTION!
As we move into next semester all students will be CONTRIBUTING towards creating an original, student devised play for YESfest, our annual festival of student plays!
YOU can CONTRIBUTE as well! Donate to support Opening Act’s ever-evolving curriculum so that we can continue providing the most socially and emotionally rich programming for young people in NYC as we go ONWARDS & UPWARDS into the new semester!
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