The CYT Expo has affected my life in ways I didn’t even know were possible.
The 2011 CYT Expo was my first, and it held lots of magic. During that week, I met kids from all over the country who were as crazy as CYT Spokane kids, which is really quite amazing in itself. I made friends from all over, and shared my 15th birthday with everyone there (best birthday ever!). Although all those things are very important and fun, there were two things that really stood out.
I watched a new kind of passion emerge from us, both adults and kids, and we let God use us as servants.
From prayer circles, to giving uplifting notes to staff, to hearing your friends’ adventures about speaking tongues in the parking lot, God was there. You could feel Him, and He radiated. He broke down all of our barriers, and I was more or less forced to come out of my shell. I began to interact with people more, and it helped me grow in my leadership and self confidence.
The 2012 CYT Expo was different, but a good different. I found myself in positions that I had never imagined, like playing chicken with CYT Denver kids, filming a commercial, and watching Improv into the wee hours of the morning. During that Expo I made some of the best friends I’ve ever had. I still talk to these people daily, and they’re roadtripping to Spokane this summer. We have created a support system through each other- whether it’s getting through dress rehearsal week or encouraging through frustrating shifts at work.
The HYPE Conference is literally the best week of your year! It’s like summer camp, except you get to stay in a classy hotel, you get to meet people from all over the world with the same crazy passions as you, and the food is way better.
Yeah, it’s a lot of money to go. It’s beyond worth it though! It’s better than Christmas! You will grow in your leadership skills and your relationship with God. You get to see your old friends, meet new friends, and make some incredible memories.
The 2013 CYT Expo is going to be a blast. It’s Santa Cruz, how could it not be?! The question is, will I see you there? No, wait. I WILL see you there, cause this place is better than Disneyland.
Contributed by Layna Elder, CYT Spokane student