Letters To The World – Correspondence from Utah’s Youth In Care

We don’t write many letters anymore. Now we write emails or text or tweet or just call each other on our smartphones, anytime and anywhere, to say whatever, of great to no consequence. For a change of rhythm and habit, students in a few Youth in Care classrooms were invited to write a letter addressed…

Road Signs – Poetry From Utah’s Youth In Care

This anthology was entitled “Road Signs” after the poems were written. I selected this title because these students’ poems seemed to define the journey of their lives with the stops and sharp turns, dead ends and rough roads, construction zones and winding roundabouts. I dropped the poems into seven categories, which are more interchangeable than…

The wait is over. Untold Stories Utah 2018 is here. Enjoy!!!

We often do not know our own stories until we take the time to form the raw material of our memories into the beginning-middle-and-end structure of the story. When we own our stories, carefully shaping and honestly declaring to the world and ourselves our truths, we begin to free ourselves from past traumas. New strength…

Sending Messages Video – ‘On Time’

Most youth contributors to Sending Messages have been in and out of the system over many years, but many more young people who find themselves in the justice system are low-risk youth, early in their interactions with juvenile courts and detention centers. In April of this year, the Utah Legislature passed HB239. The bill is a continuation…

Spy Hop’s Summer YIC Workshops

With generous support from the Utah State Board Of Education, Spy Hop was able to work with five groups this summer, creating exciting multimedia projects and serving over fifty students with groups we have not worked with before! Spy Hop instructors worked with the UNI Girls Transition group, ARTEC Day Treatment, the Gemstone Program, the…

Weber Valley DT Summer Activities!

When the students at the Weber Valley Detention Center are asked this month: “What did you do during summer break?” They can answer: “A lot!”   Thanks to funding with the Utah State Board of Education, these students participated in numerous art and other type of programs.   The students took classes in: Watercolor art…

Lost & Found Department Of The Heart

“During the spring of 2017 forty-one young women from my poetry-writing workshops wrote poems to submit to the Words Unlocked poetry-winning contest. Five of those young women had their poems published in the Words Unlocked poetry anthology, including one young woman who tied for 2nd Place honors. Congratulations to all these brave writers! All of…

Untold Stories Utah 2017

Untold Stories Utah 2017, an Anthology of Narratives and Artwork by Utah Youth in Care is here! Published! Ready for you, Dear Reader, to enjoy. Caution: Before reading, make sure your mind is open, and your heart is strong enough to be broken. These are difficult stories, told bravely, to let you know what life…

939 Steps – A Youth In Care Art Game

939 Steps is an interactive art installation, puzzle, and game that gives the public a unique experience  to see and hear the lives of youth in care in the state of Utah. Nearly 150 school students that fall under the umbrella of Utah’s Department of Human Services have decorated game spaces on large puzzle pieces….

2017 YICARTS Drawings

New drawings are being collected for the 2017 YICArts contest. As a reminder, the Youth-In-Care (YIC) Arts organization is a group of artists, educators, therapists, organized to provide social practice art projects as an experiential record and bridge between “Youth-in-care” and Utah communities. These youth are typically in state’s custody and benefit from public education….

DYS Boys & Girls Group Home Anti-Vaping Video Wins District Wide Contest!

  In November, 2016, the Super Sweet Friday Mornings program had the opportunity to enter a short film into the Granite School District anti-vaping campaign contest. Mentors Gabriella Huggins and Jeremy Chatelain sat down with eight youth from the DYS Boys and Girls group home to brainstorm ideas and quickly formulate a piece that could…

The 2016 Utah Youth In Care Poetry Anthology

The spring of 2016 was the fourth year that students in Utah’s detention centers, secure facilities and treatment programs submitted poems to the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings’ national poetry writing initiative and contest, Words Unlocked. Each year that Utah students have participated in Words Unlocked, poems by Utah students have been selected…