Thanks to National HYPE Director, Lydia Kinne, for the following info:
1. You will probably find your new best friend there.
Just ask Shannon Sullivan and TJ Simms who found each other & became “new best friends” at Expo 2014! No, but seriously – between late-night dance parties, teamwork challenges in half an hour or less, heart to heart convos, and early morning worship sessions, how can you NOT bond with someone who’s just as crazy as you??
2. You get to network.
I’m not referring to either the business elite scene or the dating scene here – I’m referring to you and all your fellow Vice Presidents from across the country (or Secretaries, Fundraisers, or other job you might have in HYPE) sitting down together and sharing your brilliant ideas with each other. This is THE best time to share with each other what works, what you’re struggling with in your area, and what you want to grow in. Come with a notebook ready to fill with ideas!
3. You get to put leadership in action.
This year’s Leadership Challenge at the Expo … well, your team will want to go big or go home, that’s all I can say! It will require courage, brains, heart, and – yes, hominess. You want to know more? Better come to Expo to find out!
4. You will hear from really cool guest speakers & workshop leaders
You will get to hear from specialty speakers from Lafayette, Indy, San Diego, and Spokane – people who are stoked about student leadership and will help you make more of a difference in your community!
5. You will learn more about …
… leading worship at CYT
… what true servant leadership looks like
… how to manage your time wisely, balancing HYPE with the rest of your life
… how to be an active listener
… how to break through the boundaries of cliques at CYT
6. Your own HYPE group will grow in unity.
There’s something about traveling somewhere with a group of people that makes them automatically grow closer. Maybe it’s the late-night laughing in hotel rooms … maybe it’s the fresh California air … maybe it’s just the magical aura that the CYT Expo exudes, but I predict your group will leave closer than it came.
7. You will see besties you’ve made at past Expos.
The CYT Expo is kind of like a giant family reunion where we get to reunite with people we only see once a year. And even if you’ve never been, you quickly come to find out that people from CYT are all alike … we’re all awkwardly closer than family no matter what part of the country we come from!
8. You get a chance to troubleshoot and get questions answered.
Is there something that your HYPE group seems to struggle with? Is there an area you feel like your group could become better at? The CYT Expo is the time to talk with HYPE leaders and get those questions answered! Set up lunch chat times with National HYPE Director, Lydia Kinne, or other HYPE Advisers from around the country to talk through ways your HYPE can grow!
9. You get to help formulate the vision for HYPE National for the 2015-16 Season.
A student leadership program should be driven by those in the program itself. There is some vision that comes from the National Director, and then there’s a lot of vision that comes from the students. Get ready to let your voice be heard at the Expo and share what you think HYPE should be doing next year across the country!
10. You will get very little sleep … and it will be completely worth it.
We only have three days to pack in all this and more … so be prepared to be a little exhausted! But also be prepared to make memories, stand up & take the charge of leadership, sing, dance, act, laugh, be vulnerable & share, and leave a better person than you came. You will not regret coming.
For more info on HYPE, please email Lydia at: firstname.lastname@example.org