National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award

Spy Hop Wins Nation’s Highest Honor in Youth Arts Programming

Spy Hop student Kitzia Rodriguez and Executive Director Kasandra VerBrugghen accept the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama.
Spy Hop student Kitzia Rodriguez and Executive Director Kasandra VerBrugghen accept the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama.

 

Spy Hop has won the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the nation’s highest honor for after-school arts and humanities programs. The awards recognize and support outstanding programs that lay new pathways to creativity, expression and achievement outside of the regular school day. These programs excite and engage a range of students, cultivating imagination, collaboration, discipline and academic success, with demonstrable results.

Spy Hop is one of twelve of the country’s best youth development programs being recognized for programs that engage students in arts and humanities. Kasandra VerBrugghen, our Executive Director, and Kitzia Rodriguez, one of our Audio Apprenticeship students, are heading to Washington D.C. to accept the award, presented by First Lady Michelle Obama in the East Room of the White House, on Tuesday, November 17th.

For over 16 years, Spy Hop has worked to mentor and empower thousands of Utah youth in the digital media arts, but we couldn’t have done it without the support of our students, donors and community partners. Thank you to everyone that has supported Spy Hop and our work in the community. This award is for all of us.

Learn more about the award here.

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