Hive Youth Council

Engaging Youth Voice in the Direction of the Hive

The participants of this working “Youth Council”, made up of 20+ young people from member organizations, are just beginning to get to know one another and the programs that make up the fabric of the Hive. With the assistance of adult facilitators, the teens are learning more about the network, its purpose and benefits, as well as their role in it.

Already, they are having conversations about some of the goals we recognize as integral to Hive’s mission. For example, at a recent meet-up, youth indicated:

“we need to spread the word to more teens,” recognizing gaps in program participation and opportunities for their peers;

“let’s learn more about the different programs,” acknowledging the city’s resources and potential to connect learning pathways;

“we want time to interact with older adults but want time just to ourselves, too,” articulating a need for a separate youth work space as well as intergenerational collaboration; and

“fun time and program time can fit together,” mirroring the sentiments of adults when we come together.

The teens have decided to call themselves the Hive Youth Council for now, as it’s the easiest name to convey what they are doing, but they reserve the right to change it in the future. And they want to create their own branding.

Additionally, the Hive Youth Council is providing input into the planning of the Hive is Five event taking place this January. But they have many more ideas about ways they can contribute. If you are interested in empowering young people in the work of the Hive, make sure you join us at the next Youth Voice Moonshot member meeting and Youth Council meet-up!

Partner Organizations:
Street Level Youth Media , Intuit, The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art , YouthMuse , Art Institute of Chicago , Free Spirit Media , Chicago Youth Voices Network , Lincoln Park Zoo , Yollocalli Arts Reach , Mikva Challenge , True Star Media

Project Goal:
They’ve set overall group goals to partner with adults in order to: 1) connect teens with Hive program supervisors and decision-makers; 2) get the word out about the Hive and groups to all youth; and 3) create a peer community that can share information about and make connections to resources in the city.

To meet these goals, the Hive Youth Council has organized itself into four overlapping work groups with objectives focused on: 1) identifying safe and accessible spaces for youth gatherings, 2) increasing youth awareness via social media, 3) creating opportunities for youth-driven project collaborations and program events; and 4) organizing fun events for youth community building.

Project Tags:
Moonshot Solutions