Spy Hop in the Community
Since the beginning, we’ve been taking our innovative, outcome-based programs to organizations across the Salt Lake Valley to reach young people who are at risk of not reaching their full potential.
We focus our community programs on youth who are failing academically, living in underserved neighborhoods, have limited access to quality afterschool programming or have limited access to technology. These programs help bridge the digital divide and promote positive relationships, civic awareness and engagement, 21st century life skills, creativity and self-awareness.
Spy Hop in the Community provides underserved young people a platform for them to express themselves and share their unique stories. Our projects range in scope, subject, ages and number of students involved, but through all run a thread of personal narrative, stories of change, and expressive voices.
Spy Hop offers intensive all day workshops to middle school classes for up to 40 students. These immersive experiences allow youth to collaborate on projects in film making, digital design, video game production, audio engineering and music making on site at our studio. These projects are usually one or two day workshops, but we work to accommodate each school’s specific schedules and academic needs.
Recent partners include:
Entheos Academy, Kearns
Entheos Academy, Magna
Madeleine Choir School
Weilenmann School of Discovery
Out-of-School Time (OST)
We work with traditionally underserved youth after school hours to provide immersive digital arts experiences. This includes a program at Horizonte, SLC’s alternative high school, which allows students to earn credit while they learn digital media skills.
Current partnerships include:
Kearns Jr. High
Matheson Jr. High
Kennedy Jr. High
Youth in Care
Spy Hop’s Youth In Care programs are for young people in the foster care system, residential treatment programs, secure care facilities and those in state’s custody. This includes Spy Hop’s award winning Sending Messages podcast program, Coding for Youth in Care, Super Sweet Friday Mornings and Media Labs for High-Risk Youth.
Our Sending Messages program, started in 2009, is a radio podcast created by incarcerated youth from Wasatch and Decker Lake Youth Centers. Participants earn art or English credit each month while they write, perform, record and produce poetry, short fiction, spoken word, and interviews that are then compiled into podcasts. Episodes may be heard on SendingMessages.org.
We also partner with the Division of Youth Services and the Boys & Girls Group Home every Friday to help the youth in their program learn technical skills, digital storytelling and media arts. Because the young people need to maintain anonymity, we’ve developed several projects that allow them to be on camera and learn other digital media skills while protecting their privacy. These include a silly PSA puppet show that teaches a new theme each week, stop motion animation of scientific facts, and personal narrative podcasting. Watch the Super Sweet Friday Morning show to find out more.
Other current partnerships include:
Eva Carlston Academy
Primary Children’s Behavioral Health Center
Solstice Residential Treatment Center
To see examples of creative work created by young people in the care of the Utah state government, please see YouthCreateHere.org, a joint project between Spy Hop, Youth In Care Art (YICARTS), Center For Educational Excellence In Alternative Settings (CEEAS), Troubled Youth Conference, and Untold Stories.
Spy Hop’s on-going collaboration with YICARTS and North Sanpete School District includes an annual traveling art installation made up of creative work made by youth in custody across the state of Utah.
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