Welcome to the 2019 CYT EXPO!

The EXPO is an annual gathering for CYT students and leadership held on June 26-June 29, 2019. CYT Students (ages 12-18), CYT Leadership, and Spectators (for specific events only) are all invited to attend! The goal of EXPO is to equip, play, and connect with branches from across the country! Here you will find all the information you need for this year’s EXPO experience. Read it carefully as you prepare for your trip to San Diego! Please note, we will continue to add information on speakers, workshops, schedule, etc.

Do you have questions that aren't answered here? Contact rachael@cyt.org

Join the EXPO Crew!

Do you love CYT, working long hours, are 19 or older, and are looking for an adventure? Then you might be the perfect EXPO Crew Intern! This position will be selected by application and is not for the faint of heart, but can be filled by anyone from a recently graduated student to other young leaders in CYT branches from across the nation. They are the hardest workers at EXPO, performing non-glamorous tasks, without promise of fame or glory! Who’s in?! For more details and to apply, click the link below!

Applications are due January 31, 2019


Registration will begin on February 1, with ticket prices TBA. However, you can book your hotel rooms today!

Use THIS LINK to book your rooms at the CYT Group Rate! 
          Group Name                       Group Code
        CYT EXPO 2019                             CYT619

Meet our Keynote Speaker - Amanda Jane Cooper!

Amanda grew up just outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She holds a BFA in Acting/Musical Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where she landed her first film roles in Smart People opposite Ellen Page and Thomas Haden Church, and in Homecoming with Mischa Barton.

After graduating, she made her New York theatre debut in BUNKED! A NEW MUSICAL followed by the play LETTER FROM ALGERIA. Amanda then starred as Glinda in WICKED (National Tour) for most of 2011, floating by bubble across the country and even performing for First Lady Michelle Obama during the show's 10-week run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She then moved to Los Angeles where she landed guest star and recurring roles on GleeBonesCSI: Crime Scene Investigation,  Jessie (Disney) and more. Films include CavemenSuturesDays Like This & more. She's also written original songs for, produced, and starred in two one-woman cabarets at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Angeles.
For 16 months from December, 2015 to March, 2017, Amanda reprised her role as Glinda in the National Tour of WICKED, visiting over 20 cities for 500 performances for over a million people! Her interpretation of the role garnered praise from critics around the country. 

On July 31st, 2017 she made her Broadway debut starring as Glinda in WICKED. Currently, you can find her bubbling up at the Gerswhin in NYC. Amanda is grateful to her team at BRS/Gage & Primary Wave, Stephen Schwartz, Craig Burns, Joan Lader, her family and God.

Long story short, CYT has totally changed my life for the better.

EXPO 2017 Attendee

Before You Come to EXPO

Book Your Rooms!
Registration may not be open, but the hotel is ready for you! Book your room today

Pre-EXPO Group Meeting
This is not required, but we HIGHLY RECOMMEND you meet with your EXPO group prior to boarding the plane or loading the car. This way, together, you can go through all of this information, review rules, plan for certain things, and so on.

Branch Intros & National Showcase
We are asking each branch to send us a video to introduce yourself! Keep these videos short (no longer than 20 seconds), with high energy and movement. We will be compiling the videos together for our opening morning, so note that yours may be cut down to make sure we can fit everyone in. Each branch will also provide one musical number (up to 3 minutes, must be on a track, and a CYT approved song). The idea is that we have a wonderful night of entertainment, put on by YOU and your fellow CYT family. The only rule is that whoever performs must be a registered EXPO attendee.

More information on both the Intro Video and National Showcase on the Leadership Page.

What to Pack
Be prepared for warm days and cool nights! We are right on the bay so sweatshirts may be needed. Don’t forget to cover your skin in sunscreen for that San Diego summer sun!

When You Arrive at EXPO

Hotel Location
San Diego Hilton Resort & Spa
1775 East Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, California, 92109, USA

Hotel Check In
Please note. Hotel check in is different than EXPO check in. Please go to the Hotel front desk to check into your rooms. If you arrive before check-in time, the hotel can arrange to hold your baggage for you.

Parking has been reduced from $35/day to $10/day for our group. Please let the front desk know that you are with CYT!
EXPO Check In
Come to the main lobby at the entrance to the conference center. There you will see our information table! Come say hello and get your lanyard and grab bag. Helpful CYT volunteers will get you what you need to know.
Please note: for security reasons, everyone (students, leaders, and chaperones) must wear their EXPO lanyards and badges at the conference at all times.

CYT Store
Want to get some amazing gear to wear at EXPO and at home? Check out our CYT Store at EXPO! The store will be in the main lobby right next to the information table! And check out our online store today to load up with CYT fashion before you come to San Diego!

Opportunity Drawing
Want to win some amazing items? Stop by the Opportunity Drawing Table in the main lobby and buy some tickets to be entered into our opportunity drawings. Tickets $1 for 1, $10 for an arm’s length, and $20 for a body length. Come see what we have this year for you!

EXPO Rules for Students
Branch Leaders may choose to implement additional rules, but we ask that these be recognized by all students at EXPO.
  • 11pm nightly curfew. For safety reasons and as a courtesy to other hotel guests, we ask that students be in their hotel rooms by 11pm.
  • No boys and girls in hotel rooms without adult present.
  • Must follow the EXPO schedule and attend all events. If students are not going to be attending a scheduled EXPO event, they must be with their parent chaperone (there is plenty of free time at this year’s EXPO, so please do not plan your “pool time” during scheduled events)
  • We are requiring ALL students and leaders to agree to a CYT EXPO Code of Conduct upon registration. We ask that leaders and parent/chaperones help implement these standards for the safety and fun of the group. Be sure to review the code of conduct prior to arriving at EXPO.


What’s Provided?
With your Leadership, Student, or Spectator (with food) registration comes lunch on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

What if I Have Dietary Needs?
The hotel can accommodate vegetarian and gluten free dietary needs for meals they are providing Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. However, YOU MUST make us aware in your online registration. If you are registering for someone other than yourself, please be sure to mark their food needs. Any dietary needs outside of vegetarian and gluten free will have to be managed by the attendee (such as food allergies, etc.). For other meals that are not provided by the hotel, food selection will be up to the attendee’s discretion. If you have a SERIOUS allergy to any food of any kind, we advise you make other arrangements all together.

Food Trucks are back! More information coming soon!

Onsite Food Options
  • A’Roma Cafe: coffee Shop
  • Acqua California Bistro: main dining experience
  • Fresco’s Bar & Grill: poolside dining
  • The Olive Lounge: bar and lounge dining
Ordering In
Apps like UberEats and Grubhub are great alternatives! Pick almost any place and have the food delivered straight to the hotel! It's good for groups or individuals.

What’s Nearby?
So many restaurants are within a short driving distance!
  • In-N-Out: 3102 Sports Arena Blvd
  • Chick Fil A: 3570 Sports Arena Blvd
  • Panda Express: 3146 Sports Arena Blvd
  • CBW Fresh Food Fast: 3145 Sports Arena Blvd
  • The Habit Burger Grill: 3455 Sports Arena Blvd
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill: 3680 Rosecrans St
  • Pieology Pizzeria: 3455 Sports Arena Blvd #110
  • Georgia's Greek Cuisine: 3550 Rosecrans St
  • Rubio’s: 3555 Rosecrans St, 101b
Nearest Grocery Store
Ralphs: 3345 Sports Arena Blvd


Each night designated rooms will be available after the evening gathering for the Branches who would like to meet for a nightly check in. Use this time to hear from one another, pray together, and check in before late-night events/curfew.

Each evening we will have a fun activity planned as a late night option for Leaders & Students  who want to participate. Note: Curfew is 11pm! Be back in those rooms and be mindful of the other hotel guests!

There is always more! We will be updating this information as it comes. All info should be settled by the end of May, so plan on having your group meeting at that time or later. If you have any specific questions, please email rachael@cyt.org
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