Sending Messages: The Podcast (general)
True stories, poetry, interview and radio plays written, performed and produced by youth in a secure care facility in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Utah is a unique actor in the movement toward restorative justice. While being a conservative hub, we've been working toward reform in ways that inspire efforts around the country. Nonetheless, many of the young people who contribute to Sending Messages have been in and out of the system for much of their lives. On this episode of Sending Messages, stories from BG, P. City, N. and Bru the Mac, reflecting on their paths to incarceration and considering how different resources and responses to their behavior in the past could have impacted the present. Hosted by mentor Gabriella Huggins. Thanks for listening! 

Direct download: SM_TheInCrowd_2018.mp3
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Living is a series of transitions. Today on the episode we bring you seven stories about changes in scenery, loss of loved ones, new perspectives and broadened horizons. Pieces from Y.T. Swizz, Harles, Bucks, Fozzy, P.City, Kode Ice, and Cash. Hosted by Sending Messages contributor BG. Thanks for listening!

Direct download: SM_InTransition_102017.mp3
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Money makes the world go 'round. But when you're left out of rotation, what are you willing to do to get in on the goods? On this episode of Sending Messages, five pieces from Y.T. Swizz, Shotsky, B.G., P. City, and Bucks sharing about how the pursuit of money has made them do their worst and influenced them to work for the better. Hosted by B.G. Thanks for listening!

Direct download: 71_Pay_Day.mp3
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One of the exercises that begins every session of Sending Messages is the challenge for participants to bust out a short piece of original media; a poem, a stream of consciousness, a simple response to an open-ended prompt, a letter they could never send. Today on Sending Messages, a collection of the first short pieces created by residents in Utah's secure care facilities, from conception to edited audio. Hosted by Wasatch Youth Center resident P. City. Thanks for listening!

Direct download: Shorts_2017_mixdown.mp3
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Angels and demons; the battle between good and evil, the choice between the good and the bad. Today on Sending Messages teens at Decker Lake Youth Center share stories of their saviors and explore the causes of their sorrows. Pieces from Junior, Smasher, Kash Money Kellz, Sebas and G. Money. Hosted by Junior. Thanks for listening! 

Direct download: Angels_and_Demons_Final.mp3
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Every year, Dignity in Schools runs a campaign to raise awareness around school push out, educational disenfranchisement that disproportionately impacts youth of color, the endemically poor, and youth living with physical and developmental challenges. On this episode, five young men from Wasatch Youth Center share their experiences in the education system, and the challenges that led them to end up in the justice system instead of in high school and college. Hosted by mentor Gabriella Huggins. Thanks for listening!

Direct download: WoAASP_Extended_Interview_Compilatiions.mp3
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Direct download: The_Struggle_Final.m4a
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As part of our Adobe sponsored Move the Dial  initiative, Sending Messages is proud to present "Girl Talk", stories from five female creators talking about the broad and complex topic of sexism from the unique perspective of girls housed in Utah's juvenile secure care facilities. Pieces from Belle, K., Kaylee Jay, Lil Bit and MiKayla. Hosted by Sending Messages mentor Gabriella Huggins. Thanks for listening!

Direct download: Girl_Talk_.mp3
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On today’s episode of Sending Messages, youth at Wasatch and Farmington Bay Youth Centers share pieces about new perspectives, mind altering substances, and lives changed. Original poetry and narratives from Josie, K., N., Tosh, and Ceda. Hosted by mentor Gabriella Huggins. Special thanks to Bonnie Shaw for allowing us to showcase the great writing workshopping she's doing with youth in Utah's facilities. Enjoy!

Direct download: Altered_Final.aif
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Direct download: Behind_Doors_Episode.aif
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