POETRY ROCKS 2019 ANTHOLOGY

Poetry & Artwork by Utah’s Youth in Care from 2019 “The goal of Poetry Rocks!!! is to motivate YIC students and their teachers to focus on poetry, on the reading and crafting of poetry with the end goal of getting those poems published and even acknowledged with prizes and certificates of award. I must say…

Untold Stories Utah 2019

During the fall of 2018, students in Youth in Care educational programs throughout Utah, with the inspiration and editorial assistance of their teachers, wrote 166 short personal narratives to submit to this project. Forty of those stories, selected by our most excellent story readers/evaluators/judges, are published in this anthology. Thanks to all who participated in…

UNI Shadow puppet movies

  Girls from the University of Utah UNI Girls Transition Center worked with mentors at Spy Hop Productions to create a series of videos about mistaken identity. Due to the need to protect students confidentiality, participants created paper puppets and used lights, shadow, and fabric to create these intriguing films. Enjoy!

Super Sweet Fridays 2019!

Spy Hop’s partnership with Salt Lake County Youth Services kicked off another year of programming! The Friday morning workshop gives youth from the Boys & Girls group home an opportunity to create funny and weird youtube videos while also giving them room to learn more about the world around them. This partnership is made possible…

ENDGAME Youth In Care Installation

The “End Game” installation is a visual record of work from contributing Youth in Care throughout the state of Utah. Youth chose and decorated chess pieces that resembled three characters in their life (the self, the familiar, and the foreign). Chess pieces are then given color and personality beyond the normally polarized black and white….

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…