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…

Super Sweet Podcast!

Spy Hop has started a new year working with Salt lake County’s Boys & Girls Group Home. This year they are expanding the programming to include some new innovative ideas. Spy Hop mentor Jeremy Chatelain explains: “This year in our Super Sweet Friday Morning Program we’re diversifying our projects in an attempt to keep kids…

“What’s Your Fandom?” TEDx Talk

  Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, an instructor, writer and self-proclaimed “geek” explores the ways characters, stories and fandoms increase student engagement and encourages us to find what we identify with. Graphic novels and the fantasy and superhero fandoms they bring to life, aren’t just entertainment, they are tools for learning. “What is your fandom?” Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, who…

Untold Stories Utah Returns!

Attention YIC Students & Teachers!!! We are excited to announce: The 3rd Annual YIC Untold Stories Utah Writing Competition      “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou The YIC Untold Stories Utah writing competition is back again. Please read the contest guidelines and deadline carefully before you begin…

Spy Hop Presents A New Season Of Sending Messages!

Spy Hop’s award winning podcast program Sending Messages has just started a new year of programming, thanks to funding from the Utah State Board Of Education and grant support from The Utah Humanities and the National Endowment For The Arts. The first podcast of this season  was about gender politics and feminism. It was produced…

Untold Stories 2016!

Untold Stories Utah has wrapped up another year! The initiative allows an opportunity for students to tell the stories of their personal experiences, become published authors, and maybe even win a prize. As in past years, the Utah State Board of Education YIC provided funding for the publication of Untold Stories Utah 2016, an 80-page anthology containing 36 personal…

Words Unlocked 2016!

Young Utah Poets Write Great Poems, Dominate Words Unlocked 2016!! Congratulations to the 19 young poets from Utah who will be published in the Words Unlocked 2016 Poetry Anthology. Words Unlocked is a month-long poetry initiative and national poetry-writing contest for students in juvenile justice facilities, sponsored by the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative…

See Me, Hear YIC Arts Installation

The See Me, Hear project is a youth in custody art installation incorporating work from over one hundred and fifty participants across the state of Utah. The concept was created and spearheaded by Abe Kimball for the annual YICArts show. Through a partnership with Spy Hop and funding from the Utah State Office Of Education, the…