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…

Wasatch Youth Center Newspaper: Cry Of The Wolves

Jim Hawkes teaches english at the Salt Lake Wasatch Youth Center. In 2014 his class began a newspaper for the facility that is run by the students. Since then, they have published 15 papers. “My primary responsibilities are to facilitate assignments and help with editing. The emphasis from the beginning is to make this a…

Super Sweet Friday Mornings

Since 2007, Spy Hop has been partnering with the Salt Lake Division Of Youth Services for a special Friday morning multimedia workshop that lasts the whole school year! Each time students from the DYS Boys and Girls Group Home enter Spy Hop they have two hours to create a short film based on a social skills issue, a life lesson,…

The Emanuel Project is back in Utah!

  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…

2016 YICArts Drawing Contest

Abe Kimball is choosing the winner for the 2016 YICArts Drawing Contest. The entries come from Blue Hills, Compass, Journey, Pine Creek, Pleasant Creek, and Young Women’s Empowerment. Winner will be announced at the end of the month.

Graphic Novels Making An Impact On JJS Teens

  Graphic novels are not just fun to read, they encourage literacy, conversations on tough topics, and creativity. Salt Lake County Library Services (www.slcolibrary.org) and the Utah State Department of Education (USOE) have realized the success of using graphic novels and comics with youth in detention in Salt Lake County. The library had been implementing…

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…