There are experiences we all wished we could have had as kids—a pool in the backyard, power wheels or visiting Shamu at Sea World (still stings…). But one
Salt Lake City organization is providing an opportunity for youth that is more impactful than seeing a whale and is creating positive change in the entire community.
Spy Hop is a youth media organization that empowers young people to find their voice and tell their stories to the world. Through film, radio, music, animation and design programs, participants are given the tools and guidance to convey their message to the masses. Geared for ages 7-19, Spy Hop provides a foundation for youth to explore who they are and where they want to go in life.
“Spy Hop is a wonderful nonprofit organization that mentors youth in digital media arts through a variety of programs—one I wish was around when I was young,” said BEAU Director of Admissions Mike McAllister. “There are few organizations like Spy Hop that foster personal and artistic expression of youth through digital media.”
Helping to fund Spy Hop’s mission is their annual fundraiser. For the third year in a row, BEAU has been a proud sponsor of Spy Hop and attended their Be Bold Annual Benefit. According to Spy Hop, “We believe you have to take risks, be brave and step outside what’s comfortable. And sometimes you need help to get there.”
Attendees were able to back student projects (think crowd funding with a mix of an auction) and bet on silent auction items as they heard from young filmmakers, musicians and digital artists. They were also able to relish in the fact that they are helping to support a program that is changing young people’s lives.
“It was inspiring to see so many people come to together to support such an awesome organization; the energy was unbelievable,” added McAllister. “It is evident they are being prepared for success in college and their professional careers.”
Photos courtesy of Spy Hop