What is My CYT Story?

The national CYT Blog is always looking for a first hand account of a personal experience you've had with CYT. Maybe it's a new friendship, a favorite show, a hilarious moment, or a testimony of a life changed. This can be formatted like a letter or diary entry and should read like you're talking to someone, telling them your story.

Everything's a story - You are a story - I am a story.


Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

My CYT Story Competition

When you submit your story to the blog, if you are a current student between the ages of 12-18, you  have the option of entering it into the annual My CYT Story Competition! The competition begins on the local level. Each Branch’s local Board of Directors will review all the stories submitted to HQ by their students and will select one local Branch Winner. The Branch Winner then moves on to the national level. These stories are read by the CYT HQ staff who then selects one National Winner of the My CYT Story Competition. The Branch winners are awarded a certificate of recognition and the National Winner receives specialized CYT swag and has their name engraved on a plaque at the CYT HQ Office.

EXPO 2020 may be cancelled this year but the work of CYT in the lives of students and families hasn’t stopped and we will continue to celebrate that through the MyCYT Story Competition this year. Deadline for entry into this year’s competition is May 31, 2020. Stay tuned for upcoming information on the live presentation of the MyCYT Story winner coming in June!

Submit your story!

Who should submit a CYT Story? Anyone who has ever had any experience with CYT… EVER! Students, alumni, teachers, directors, patrons, cast, crew, staff members, and any other friend of CYT, these stories are for you to write and the world to read. Maybe it's a new friendship, a favorite show, a hilarious moment, or a testimony of a life changed. This can be formatted like a letter or diary entry and should read like you're talking to someone, telling them your story. Here are some ideas on details you may want to include: When did your story take place? How did you get involved in the experience you're writing about? What is something you learned from this experience? What advice do you have for someone else who might experience the same thing, and so on. You may have millions of stories to tell, so feel free to come back and tell another one (and another one, and another one)!