DiscoverDesign.org badging system
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) will use its existing developed platform DiscoverDesign.org to research the systems and structure for a badging system. Youth use DiscoverDesign.org to explore design principles and architectural concepts and share their original solutions at several key stages of development as they move through the milestones of the design process. Youth use DiscoverDesign.org to solve real-world problems within an online community of their peers, their teachers, and with design professionals. By creating a badging system, teens can better recognize learning pathways that lead to thoughtful solutions, recognize competencies important to design professions, and develop key skillsets involved in solving architectural design challenges—skills that are significant in other art and science disciplines and transferable across the Network.
 
Hive Chicago Network: Digital Mentor Model and Infrastructure
Jean Rhodes and Digital Youth Network
In Hive Chicago there is an obvious need for mentor/educators to be comfortable sharing their expertise with youth in both formal and informal settings. However, mentor/educators also need to be comfortable with digital media tools in order to facilitate mediated youth development in online environments. This project will include facilitating multiple researcher-led meetings, implementing several practitioner-led member workshops, establishing a Hive "digital" mentor PLC (Professional Learning Community), and designing a youth initiated mentoring kit and system for youth ready to select their own mentors.
 
Hive Chicago Network: Demonstration Event (Hive “Maker Faire”)
In an effort to inspire, share, authentically evaluate, and celebrate the Hive Chicago youth experience, a demonstration event will be designed and implemented during the spring of 2013. This event will highlight youth-produced work, connect learning-focused leaders, and raise awareness of connected learning experiences to media outlets and the general public—demonstrating Hive Chicago's impact. A successful event will demonstrate a "network-effect" on a grand scale. The project for 2012 will outline the design, development, and testing phases of the project. Implementation will take place in the second quarter of 2013. The demonstration event will establish an annual platform to inspire, showcase, share and authentically evaluate the Hive Chicago youth experience.
 
Creation of HOMAGO Space through Yollocalli's Emerging Teaching Artist Residency
Yollocalli Arts Reach (National Museum of Mexican Art)
Yollocalli will develop a HOMAGO (hanging out-messing around-geeking out) space through an innovative Emerging Teaching Artist Residency Program model. Yollocalli will develop a method of combining the art practice and expertise of emerging artists with the voice and concerns of youth in the community. This planning phase will serve as a model for other Hive members who look to bring experts from the field into their organizations to guide youth programs. At the end of the planning phase, Yollocalli Arts Reach will create a “how-to guide” on developing a youth program that combines the practices of HOMAGO, and youth centered, interest-driven learning.
 
Chicago Cross-Pollinator Project
Project Exploration
In the summer of 2012, Project Exploration (PE) will launch the Chicago Cross-Pollinator Project, bringing together Hive and other informal ed/urban ecology organizations to inventory the city’s current environmental science programs and resources for youth and to discuss what a shared model of high quality experiences looks like, based on PE's Youth-Science Model. PE will engage partners to develop an Environmental Science Pathway and pilot Pollinator Ecology, a one-week field program serving as a demonstration model for using civic resources such as parks to engage in citizen science-like investigations. In the pilot, students will collect bee biodiversity data alongside scientists, compare their findings to historical ecological data, and use mobile technology to document and curate online bee collections. Partners will be invited to observe the program. A reconvening will review results, discuss recommendations and set the stage for expanding a citywide pathway through the Hive Network.
 
AstroNodes: Connecting Youth Experience at the Adler
Adler Planetarium
The AstroNodes project will examine how the Adler Planetarium's existing program model can be enhanced through social media and digital technologies to better connect and enrich learning across its existing suite of mentored, interdisciplinary experiences to move them to be truly youth-driven, trans-disciplinary experiences. AstroNodes will work with the Adler's Teen Summer Internship Program, serving approximately 15 youth and as many as 10 mentors working in the Visitor Experience and Learning department and the Astronomy department. AstroNodes will utilize the social network platform iRemix to learn how a social media platform might foster a sense of community and collaboration between participants and help them share their creations. Adler staff will then join a Hive network working group as informed participants in, and contributors to, a larger conversation about the use of emerging technologies to connect learning across the greater cultural community.
 
News On the Road: Summer Edition
Free Spirit Media
For seven weeks in the summer of 2012, Free Spirit Media (FSM) will activate its traveling, youth-produced news and culture television program, FSM News On the Road (NOTR), to increase teen awareness and enthusiasm about Hive Chicago. During this project, FSM News youth crew will collaborate with five member organizations' staff and youth to produce five newscasts, effectively capturing and telling youth stories and experiences across Hive Chicago. FSM will follow its proven framework for FSM News where fifteen youth journalists work as a team to produce 10-minute “news” programs. The youth-produced show is comprised of elements found in a journalistic newscast, including hosted story introductions and transitions, feature story reports, perspective segments, and public service announcements (PSAs). To ensure accuracy and authenticity, the FSM youth will work closely with Hive member staff and youth at their locations to develop the stories. FSM will feature coverage of the PE Cross-Pollinator Project as part of the Summer Edition.
 
Life Changer: A Youth-Driven Approach to Relationship and Sexual Health
ChicagoQuest, YMCA, Game Changer Chicago/The University of Chicago and Digital Youth Network
CICS ChicagoQuest and Game Change Chicago/The University of Chicago, YMCA and Digital Youth Network will collaborate on a curriculum for social and emotional well-being. This curriculum will be developed with middle school aged youth from the CICS ChicagoQuest School, which uses games as the basis of pedagogy. A central approach will be incorporating youth narrative as a means of better understanding their needs and creating curriculum that is meaningful to them. The project also seeks to promote youth creativity as they interact and create within a dynamic curriculum. CICS ChicagoQuest will partner with the YMCA and Digital Youth Network (DYN) to modify the program for informal learning. The project offers an opportunity for Hive Chicago members to learn from one another, co-create with youth, and create artifacts to be shared with other youth, recreating the cycle of exploring, learning and sharing.
 
Summer Transmedia Game Experience
Game Changer Chicago/ The University of Chicago
Youth will participate in a three-week summer game design workshop using storytelling, digital media, game design and game play to gain new knowledge and self-efficacy for sexual and reproductive health. The proposed project leverages a variety of familiar technologies and art forms, repurposing them to address sexual and reproductive health among youth. The project will employ a genre called transmedia games, which can be used to tell a story across numerous technologies and media such as text messaging, video, audio, flash, print, phone calls, websites, email, and social media networks. The workshop will result in a finished game. Once completed, the game will be shared with a large number of youth for a two-week gameplay experience and the cycle of exploring, creating and sharing will begin anew.
 
Now Is The Time (NITT)
Chicago Public Library, Facing History and Ourselves and Steppenwolf Theater Company
Now Is The Time (NITT) is a shared initiative of Chicago Public Library, Facing History and Ourselves and Steppenwolf Theater Company intending to inspire a citywide conversation about making positive change in the city to put an end to the trend of misunderstanding and violence. Through major projects taking place throughout 2012-2013—among them the selection of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief as the fall 2012 One Book, One Chicago; a stage adaptation of the book at Steppenwolf Theatre; Steppenwolf’s collaboration with other Chicago theater companies on issues of youth violence and civic engagement; and the Facing History and Ourselves “Choosing to Participate” exhibit—the project will join forces with other arts and community organizations to build partnerships to activate this conversation in the city’s many different neighborhoods.
 
‘Design Thinking...Design Doing’ Youth Jam
Chicago Architecture Foundation
The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) will develop a four-session jam series designed to introduce teens to use the design process to solve authentic design challenges. Through hands-on activity sessions co-led by teen design leaders and architect and design professionals, teens will gain practice on how to think about a problem in a different way, and at a deeper level, use analytical tools and processes that architects and designers rely on every day. The jam series, modeled on design school studios, will offer teens new thinking skills and working methodologies to help them succeed in their educational endeavors and as well as support their success as participants in a global economic community. CAF jam events will allow for participation in a single event, or encourage participants to come back each month for multiple CAF jam event experiences. Each session will explore a theme, and will use different materials and building techniques with digital documentation.
 
Art Institute Teen Council
Art institute of Chicago (AIC)
Currently, AIC’s programs for teens seek to connect young people's interests with the vast, encyclopedic collection and myriad professional pathways of the Art Institute. Because of limited resources, AIC has not had the opportunity to dedicate the time and effort to develop a group of teens that can make a significant commitment of their own time to become equipped with the knowledge and skills to work with staff to co-create their own experience and experiences for their peers. Through this project, AIC will create an Art Institute Teen Council that can provide consistent input and feedback on museum programs and be tasked with creating programs for teens that are exciting, relevant, and engaging.
 
Technology Task Force
Project Exploration
Project Exploration (PE) nurtures a community of practice that connects underrepresented students of color and girls with professionals in STEM fields. This project will involve students from PE’s Youth Science Leadership Council (YSLC) in the design of a youth-centered online community. YSLC students will collaborate with digital media and technology experts within the Hive network to inform the look, feel, and functionality of a digital hub on the PE website. As a culminating project, students will create a storyboard and showcase this work online and in a formal presentation. The main goal of the project is to ensure that the design and functionality of the online interface developed incorporates youth-voice and ultimately enhances opportunities for self-directed student learning experiences along interest-driven pathways.
 
YMCA Youth Advisory Board
YMCA-Metro Chicago
The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago envisions creating a unique opportunity to enhance leadership among youth with the establishment of a youth advisory board. This team will be comprised of participants of the Y’s Teen Leadership Institute (TLI), a leadership-training program, but will also be open to youth interested in enhancing their leadership skills. Youth advisory members will join a mentored committee whose purpose will be to include youth perspective into Y and Hive programs. The youth board will (1) review Y programs to determine methods to strengthen youth programming, (2) suggest voids in existing Y youth offerings, and (3) determine additional program offerings for Y youth.
 
Yollocalli’s Youth Advisory Board Model
Yollocalli Arts Reach (National Museum of Mexican Art)
Yollocalli will develop a Youth Advisory Board to create a model, infrastructure and guidelines to further Yollocalli's mission of creating student-centered programming with an emphasis on youth culture. The Youth Board will serve as a crucial element to all future programming decisions, including a direct connection into the lives of youth, helping Yollocalli staff to determine the most important issues and needs to address in their programming. Teens will collaborate with Yollocalli staff to identify Board participants. The Board will focus on providing workshops on leadership and creative activities as well as engaging with the Hive Network Youth Council. The planning and implementation of Yollocalli's Youth Advisory Board will be digitally documented and shared as a resource within the Hive Network.
 
Hive Ambassadors (Network Youth Council)
YMCA, Free Spirit Media, Art Institute of Chicago, Yollocalli Arts Reach, Digital Youth Network and YOUmedia-Chicago Public Library
YMCA, Free Spirit Media (FSM), Art Institute of Chicago (AIC), Yollocalli Arts Reach, Digital Youth Network (DYN), and YOUmedia at the Chicago Public Library will collaborate to establish a network-level committee of youth leaders focused on capturing, promoting and integrating youth voice and leadership within Hive Chicago. Youth representing each of the partner organizations will work together throughout the year to coordinate programs and influence the activities of the other organization-level youth committees. The partners will execute an aggressive strategy to establish a prototype youth committee, called Hive Ambassadors, by the summer of 2012. Hive Ambassadors will shape the development of network infrastructure elements such as badges, digital mentor models, and experience discovery tools. The youth will meet at YOUmedia as their "homeroom" but will also travel throughout Chicago for specific training and leadership workshops. An online learning community will be established for the youth to collaborate on and implement major projects such as a mini-maker event. The year will culminate in a Hive Chicago youth summit with up to 350 participants.