Michigan State Youth Convention
We are so glad to announce our location and date changes for SYC 2018! We have launched the promotional video and will follow up with some additional details.
Venue/Price: The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel is a world-class facility and is in the heart of one of our finest cities in Michigan. Through shared negotiations we have secured lodging and the facility for very affordable prices. We are committed to keeping our price point very close to past years.
Date Change: SYC 2018 will be hosted on the weekend of November 23-25, following Thanksgiving. Looking at our budget and Amway's availability, we were able to negotiate a great deal for this weekend! After this initial partnership, we will look to earlier weekends in November to fit everybody's holiday schedule. Why November and the date change? After discussions with multiple youth groups and leaders, we determined that a fall SYC would be better for multiple reasons. The first major factor is being able to utilize the excitement and spiritual growth in our youth ministries. Having a fall SYC can serve as a launching pad for your group instead of the spring event serving as an end of the year event! Another major factor is school calendars. We will be towards the end of fall sports (only elite football teams are still playing) and before winter sports kick off and will not have to work around prom and graduation schedules.
Seniors: Unfortunately, with our location and date change there will not be State Youth Convention in the 2017-2018 school calendar year. While this is disappointing, we encourage each senior to attend International Youth Convention this summer in Indianapolis and if they are available to come and attend SYC next fall! We also would love to have any available seniors join our student leadership team and collaborate with us as we learn, plan, and lead SYC 2018.
Overall, we know that with change comes lots of excitement and new challenges. Our planning team is well aware of both perspectives and is enthusiastic about the new possibilities along with working through the challenges. It is our hope with more than 14 months to prepare and plan you will be able to make SYC 2018 part of your youth ministry program. You can expect to hear more about final pricing and registration early in 2018!
See you November 23-25, 2018
Sincerely, Youth Convention Task Force
Questions?Contact Matt Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 232-5520
Youth Convention Task Force
Matt Stone, Tori Eckman, Connie Graham, Leo Robinson II, Jenny Salas, Jessica Staton, Dan Steenbergh, Heidi Steenbergh, Alexandra Weeks, Caleb Weeks, and Bill Jones