Teaching at ChicagoQuest I have the privilege of serving youth from over 30 different Chicago neighborhoods. During our Regenerate Chicago Neighborhoods project with Civic ArtWorks and Free Spirit Media we noticed how important it was for our youth to be networked with their local neighborhood organizations. Many youth had Hive partner organizations in or near their neighborhoods. It was inspiring to see young people speak their truth to those organizations and leaders who made it out to our Regenerate event in March. We wondered if there was a better way to network our youth, as well as our educators, with the Hive orgs in their areas.
Hive Chicago Engage was born out of the desire to lessen the amount of required clicks or personal connections between youth, educators and the awesome Hive organizations seeking to serve them. Wouldn’t it be great if a student in a Chicago neighborhood could instantly become aware of a Hive partner that wants to serve them, and vice-versa? What if this could happen through a few taps on a smart phone? Civic ArtWorks already connects citizens to their neighborhood leaders via its app. We want to bring this functionality to benefit the Hive and the youth and educators Hive seeks to support.
Over the next couple of months I’ll be meeting with youth, their teachers, and Hive members to get their input on how we can improve the design of Civic ArtWorks. We will take everyone’s ideas to create new app features which will increase youth engagement in their neighborhoods and in the Hive.