The most important thing I gained from CYS was a sense of family and togetherness. I am usually rather shy when meeting new people and that makes it difficult for me to make friends easily. But the people who I met at CYS were the kindest, most fun people I've ever had the pleasure of being around. It is especially important to me that I was able to form a family within CYS because I am both asexual and non-binary so it is very easy for me to feel alone. However, the people at CYS were so welcoming and kindhearted that I was ecstatic to go in every day and work with them.
– CYS Youth Ensemble Member