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November 12, 2014 — DAY 1 of #POWEROF10

The day has arrived!

Through your incredible support we begin this campaign with $18,000, or just over a third of our goal, already raised! THAT'S POWERFUL.

With our first #DAILYSPARK, we want you to get inspired by the beautiful photography of our programs by resident photographer, David Katzenstein, set to some incredible original music composed by our alum from our program at the High School of Graphic Communication Arts, J_SWZL.

It's a true celebration of the collaborative power of the Opening Act network.




Opening Act's #POWEROF10 Campaign
November 12 - 21, 2014: 10 Days to Raise $50,000!

Opening Act's #POWEROF10 Campaign is about making a small investment ($10!) for a BIG impact. To help us reach our ambitious (and achievable!) goal of reaching 15 programs by Fall 2015, we're asking our friends and supporters to become Team Leaders. What's new in the #POWEROF10 Campaign and why are Team Leaders so necessary to achieving this goal? See what Suzy, Caleb, and Dashawn have to say!

Team Leaders are the individuals who make this campaign happen! To be a Team Leader means to ask 10 friends to give $10 each -- that's it! To find out more click Be a Team Leader. If we work together, we can raise $50,000 in 10 days!

Opening Act has a powerful network of advocates who believe that teens attending NYC's most under-resourced public high schools deserve a chance to shine. Coming together to support this belief is what the #POWEROF10 Campaign is all about, so join the network!

Read about our programs in over 30 NYC public high schools on 13 campuses in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.

Contact POWEROF10@openingact.org to join or go to Be a Team Leader to sign up online. Join us in asking 10 of your friends to give $10 each. It's easy AND fun (Team Leaders get sneak previews to the trailer and more...)!

This is the #POWEROFYOU, the #POWEROFUS, the #POWEROF10.

Opening Act's theater programs provide students attending New York City's most under-served schools the opportunity to gain confidence, pride, and the knowledge that they can succeed at anything in life. Currently serving 35 New York City high schools, our vision is to be able to offer a high quality theater program to any New York City school that needs one. Although our medium is the theater, our results go well beyond the stage. Opening Act students emerge as energized leaders within their schools. They value community and commitment and display confidence in themselves and their ability to accomplish anything they set out to achieve. What we do.