Find Your Character

What does “character development” look like for CYT?

At CYT, we understand that “good character” needs a north star. What truly defines good character? What do we use as the guide to explain “character development”? The answer is simple. All character development is rooted in reflecting the Creator. Reflect means to show an image of or to embody in a faithful way. We are teaching students how to reflect Christ in their words and in their actions. Simply put, character development = Becoming more like Christ.

The Find Your Character Project filters tools and resources through three lenses: the CYT Mission Statement, the CYT Values, and CYT’s Triple Threat (Character, Culture, Craft).

Mission Statement
Christian Youth Theater is Dedicated to Developing Character and Creativity in kids of all ages through Quality theater-arts training that Brings Families and Communities Together while Reflecting the Creator.
Values: 
  • Treat each individual with respect and significance
  • Develop character traits including discipline, self-confidence, and integrity 
  • Bring families together through the use of individual talents and abilities 
  • Share the love of Christ in word and deed

CYT’s Triple Threat:
Character | HOW we do what we do - We focus on placing Biblically-based values that teach character traits throughout each interaction at CYT.

Culture | WHY we do what we do - Our culture is vibrant, imaginative, inclusive, and uplifting. Though CYT may not be for everyone, everyone is invited, and all are welcome.

Craft | WHAT we do - We produce quality productions, classes, and camps holding a high standard of excellence in everything that we do.
 

Statement of Inclusion

Our CYT community includes diverse cultures, creeds, political beliefs and positions on social issues.  CYT is the common ground where we work towards a common goal, treating all with respect, understanding and love.

CYT leaders, families, and students must be able to hold to their personal convictions while simultaneously demonstrating grace and compassion to all those they encounter regardless of gender, faith, race, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.  While we are passionate about making CYT a place where everyone is welcomed, we understand that it is not for everyone.  No one will ever be turned away from CYT because of a disagreement concerning personal or political convictions.  At the same time, CYT does not demand adoption of any specific religious doctrine or personal convictions and will not permit any leader, student, or family to disrupt the core mission of CYT by promoting any individual political or social issue while participating in CYT programs.  Our personal convictions regarding politics, social issues, and doctrine should be left as personal convictions while at CYT.  While we support churches and organizations who specialize in these conversations, we understand our lane and our calling to our mission.

Colossians 3:12-16
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.  And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.  And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called into one body.  And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”