About Spy Hop & Our Mission

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.

We envision a world in which all young people possess the skills and mindsets necessary for future success and that their voices are heard and valued in their communities.

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, music, and design 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 Strategies

    1. Provide high-quality, safe media arts programming for young people throughout Utah.
    2. Foster personal and artistic expression through the use of emerging digital technologies.
    3. Ensure 21st Century college and career readiness.
    4. Promote positive youth development and social and emotional competencies.
    5. Increase digital and media literacy.
    6. Provide opportunities for civic engagement and community connections.

Our Values


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.


We are changing the way young people see themselves. We leverage the transformative nature of human relationships as a force of good. Our staff, our board and our students intentionally nurture meaningful relationships with one another that fosters mutual growth and self-discovery that creates positive social change.


We respect that everyone has their own beliefs and culture and through that respect, give students the confidence to accept others. We seek to encourage all forms of diversity in our programming and our administration, as well as among our staff and students.


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.


A 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 that improves the world around us.

2016-17 Spy Hop Annual Report
2017-19 Spy Hop Strategic Plan
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2016-17 Spy Hop Evaluation report

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