About Spy Hop & Our Mission

We believe the next generation has a lot to say. And we believe that when armed with awareness and knowledge, youth can speak more articulately and with greater impact.

Spy Hop’s mission is to mentor young people in the digital media arts to help them find their voice, tell their stories, and be empowered to affect positive change in their lives, their communities, and the world.

Since 1999, Spy Hop has mentored Utah’s young people in the digital media arts as a vehicle for free expression, self-discovery, critical thinking and skilled participation. Our afterschool and community programs in film, audio, design and music production are a model for youth development programs across the nation and Spy Hop is recognized by the White House as a leading nonprofit arts and humanities organization.

SPY • HOP (v): The act in which a dolphin rises above the water in order to navigate and determine its position in relation to other members of the pod. 2. To look ahead. 3. To tune in.

Program Goals

    1. Provide high-quality, safe out-of-school-time programming for K-12 youth.
    2. Foster personal and artistic expression through the use of emerging digital technologies and the media arts.
    3. Develop 21st century educational and workplace readiness skills.
    4. Promote positive youth development and social and emotional competencies.
    5. Increase media literacy, personal awareness and community and global connections.

Transformation

We are changing the way young people see themselves. We believe in them, we instill confidence and ownership in their ideas and work. When they talk, we listen; and we encourage them to talk and listen to each other, which creates a connectivity and a community that wasn’t there before.

Diversity

We respect that everyone has their own beliefs and culture and through that respect, give students the confidence to accept others. We bring young people together that don’t otherwise have the opportunity to connect, and we value the forward movement that happens when there is diversity in thought, culture and voice.

Empowerment

When our students gain digital media knowledge, they are empowered to move from being a passive consumer of media to an active and engaged producer. And, when their individual and collective ideas are encouraged and embraced, they are empowered to become active and engaged citizens.

Innovation

We embrace the progressive nature of innovation by continuously adapting to changing cultural and technological landscapes. By evolving our facilities, our programming and our administration, we create the conditions for ongoing intellectual curiosity and support the creative use of emerging media and technologies.

Community

We believe that commitment to our own small community has the ability to create dramatic social change in the larger communities all around us. Spy Hop nurtures a safe, welcoming space in which creativity, innovation, and risk-taking can take place. This commitment fosters the exponential expansion of community beyond our walls, building lasting social capital and improving the lives around us.

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