Last week I was on Facebook and instant-messaging with a friend from Canada. I’m not sure how we got there, but one thing led to another and I told him that I was soon going to make an announcement that I thought might make him very happy. He’s a big fan of CPYU and he utilizes our stuff regularly.
In the midst of our virtual conversation, I told him that “something old from CPYU” was about to be “something new.” He excitedly asked, “Are you bringing back ENGAGE?!?!?” Nice guess Garth! You got it. And you’re not the only one who’s been wondering when and if ENGAGE would ever reappear. It’s back!
Here’s the deal. . . Let me start with a little explanation for those of you who aren’t familiar with ENGAGE. . . and for those of you who may have forgotten. ENGAGE was our 24 to 28 page quarterly journal on youth culture. For several years, it was in print and we sent it free to everyone on our mailing list. It got so costly that we had to cut the free deal, and sent it out to those who made a donation to our ministry. I never really liked that part. It started as a freebie, and I wanted it to stay a freebie. So, we decided to go paperless, save a few forests, and deliver ENGAGE as a free pdf – still the same length with the same in-depth information and analysis that we endeavor to deliver to you here at CPYU. Then, one thing led to another we wound up letting ENGAGE lay dormant. . . . until now!
In the coming days, ENGAGE will be revived in a new format. We’ve talked to several of you, and you’ve given us some great ideas. What we’ve landed on is this. . . ENGAGE will no longer be quarterly. It will be monthly! ENGAGE will no longer be delivered to you in one large pdf. Instead, each article/component will be available in its own pdf, thereby making it possible for you to download, email, and/or print out the articles you like for distribution, rather than having to print out the entire pdf. Included will be articles on youth culture trends, articles for parents, reviews, our very popular 3(D) media reviews (in a more timely manner!), articles on College Transition, and a whole lot more.
Now, here’s how you can ensure that you’ll be receiving the first and all subsequent monthly editions of ENGAGE. . . . and it’s all really simply and totally free! Those of you who are already subscribed to our weekly Youth Culture e-Update. . . you don’t have to do a thing, as ENGAGE will be delivered to you via email automatically. For those of you who are not already receiving our weekly Youth Culture e-Update in your email box, simply go to our CPYU home page and click on the CPYU Youth Culture e-Update button on the left side, or simply click here to be directed to the Youth Culture e-Update signup page.
I’m excited about our relaunch of ENGAGE. Be sure to signup, and once you get it, you have our permission to forward, print out, and distribute every little nook and cranny of ENGAGE without limit!