How Did I Get To This Place?

The past year has brought monumental change to Utah’s juvenile justice system. Incarcerated youths are no longer automatically shackled when they appear in court. They are given better access to lawyers and are allowed to stay in juvenile detention until they are 18, even if they are sentenced in adult court.In October, the Utah Board of…

Untold Stories Utah

Untold Stories Utah has been initiated to encourage teachers to provide an opportunity for students to tell the stories of their personal experiences, become published authors, and maybe even win a prize. Last year USOE YIC provided funding for the publication of Untold Stories Utah 2015, a 62-page anthology containing 34 personal narratives by student authors and 20 color reproductions…

Walking Through Exhibit

Nearly 250 students in residential treatment centers and detention facilities competed in the statewide art competition “Walking Through,” which was unveiled February 6, 2015, at the Fairview Museum of History and Art. North Sanpete School District art teacher, Abe Kimball, was inspired to create an iconic arch of shoes – modeled after the Arc de…

YIC Arts

Sponsored by the Utah State Office of Education, YICART is a committee selected from Utah’s full-time artists, art teachers, and art therapists who have teamed up to provide the state’s detention and rehabilitation students opportunities to express themselves in an annual All-State art show.

The Emmanuel Project

The Emanuel Project positively impacts at-risk youth nationwide by providing creative learning materials for the classroom and art therapy, support and supervisory staff in the proper use of the materials, displaying inspirational art in central locations and offering motivational and incentive programs. This vision is accomplished with the help of institutions, community and university system…

Sending Messages

Giving a voice to a group of teenagers that rarely have the opportunity to be heard, SENDING MESSAGES is the country’s only podcast entirely created and produced by incarcerated youth. Started in 2009 by Spy Hop Productions, a nonprofit youth media organization in Salt Lake City, Utah, this groundbreaking program works with students in several…