Broadway Cares works to inspire student activism and volunteerism in middle schools, high schools and colleges across the country. By raising raising money for BC/EFA, our younger participants also raise awareness about HIV/AIDS where they live by bringing our mission to their campuses and out into their respective communities.
In most cases, theatre students lead the charge by mimicking the successful efforts they see on Broadway, or by incorporating creative ways in which to tie BC/EFA campaigns to their productions and school activities. While they are some of the most resourceful, dedicated and talented groups of artists we have encountered, we certainly credit their teachers for instilling in them a sense of pride for getting involved in our cause.
BC/EFA receives support annually from several well-known theatre-education organizations and their members, such as The New York State Theatre Education Association, which successfully encourages 100% student participation in its annual BC/EFA red ribbon campaign, and Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre fraternity whose college "casts" contribute each year from around the country as part of their pledge of service to others.
But our strongest support in schools comes from the International Thespian Society, the Educational Theatre Association's honor society for theatre arts students, whose member troupes across the land have raised more than $678,000 for Broadway Cares since 1999! Our hats off to the ITS!
In addition to hosting BC/EFA campaigns where they go to school, many school groups and families travel to Broadway to volunteer at our annual events like the Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction, bringing their youth and enthusiasm -- and energy! -- to add to the success of the day. And if we're lucky, many graduates stay on to volunteer with us while chasing their own dreams on the Great White Way.
Broadway Cares campaigns in schools contribute in a big way to the work that we do. We welcome any participation from schools and student organizations, no matter how large or small the effort. Everything helps!
Involve your school today -- it's easy, and it's fun, and most of all, it makes a difference!
For more information on the BC/EFA Schools Outreach Program, contact:
Director of Education and Outreach
212.840.0770, ext. 281