My CYT Story and GIVE CYT – Dr. Heather LaForge, Director of Operations for CYT Inc.

Since I began working for CYT Inc. in 2012, I have had the profound privilege of helping SEVEN affiliates get started. That means CYT is in seven more cities than it was 4 years ago, with thousands more students being trained each year in our incredible programs.

Helping get new CYTs off the ground and into new communities is one of my favorite roles. I spend hours working with incredible individuals across the country, training, coaching, and supporting all in the name of giving more kids access to this organization. The cost to CYT Inc. to get a new CYT off the ground is roughly $25,000. It is costly, but I know first hand that it is so worth it. Before I stepped into my role of Director of Operations at CYT Inc., I was part of a CYT start up in Santa Cruz, CA.

Kick Off Celebration for CYT Santa Cruz, right after I was hired! That's me in the middle, some of the dedicated Santa Cruz leadership, and my youngest daughter (my now 6 year old) in the baby bjorn.
Kick Off Celebration for CYT Santa Cruz, right after I was hired! That’s me in the middle, some of the dedicated Santa Cruz leadership, and my youngest daughter (my now 6 year old) in the baby bjorn.

In 2010, a handful of dedicated individuals prayed about bringing CYT to Santa Cruz, CA. These individuals worked together and rallied the Santa Cruz community, and I jumped on board as Artistic Director shortly before we held our first session of classes in January 2011. I relied heavily on CYT Inc. for support as our team sought to make the CYT Santa Cruz experience as strong as it could be. I spent hours either on the phone or skyping with the CYT Inc. team, reaching out with questions and prayer requests as we stumbled through our first year producing 3 full shows and running a camp of more than 100 students. I cannot imagine starting up a theatre company without their support.

When my husband was transferred to San Diego in 2012, I prayed that God would use my work with CYT Santa Cruz to further glorify him and his community. Two months after moving to San Diego, I began working for CYT Inc. and am now on the other side of the calls from affiliates, offering support, wisdom, and encouragement to those leaders on the ground.

NLC last year with all the CYT Leaders!
NLC last year with all the CYT Leaders!

It’s incredible to witness what God is doing through our current affiliate programs. But as we work to support our current affiliates, we continually receive questions about how to bring CYT to new communities. Week after week families seek support to get CYT off the ground in their local cities. We have a goal of being in every state in the next ten years. This is an expensive goal, but we believe that we can do it. In order to respond to these requests, and to impact more communities, we need your help.

This #GivingTuesday we want to GIVE CYT to a brand new community. It costs roughly $25,000 to help establish a CYT in a new city, and we’ve been blessed by a private group of donors who are willing to MATCH EVERY DOLLAR donated through this campaign from now until December 31st, 2016. If we reach our goal of $12,500 (which will be matched to $25,000), you will be a part of helping bring CYT to a brand new community, and more lives will be impacted because of your generosity.

Please contribute and help us GIVE CYT. Your generosity will impact the lives of families and individuals for years to come. Donate HERE today!


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