Hive is runway-bound!

We’re embarking on a new program with Hive Chicago and supported by The MacArthur Foundation, in which we’ll partner with industry professionals to give high school-age teens the transformative learning experience that comes from bringing personally meaningful ideas to life through creative design and production.

Hive Fashion marks the first theme-based, cross network approach to program development for Hive Learning Network, and is guided by the principles of Connected Learning. Hive member organizations in both cities will collaborate to design and implement engaging learning experiences that offer youth new skills, digital badges for their achievements, and preparation for future learning and career opportunities.

As one case in point, Hive NYC and Hive Chicago joined forces to produce this mini-documentary featuring Christopher Bevans, Design Director for Pharrell Williams’ and Jay-Z’s Billionaire Boys Club streetwear brand, and partner on the development of this Hive Fashion initiative.

Teens from Hive NYC member Reel Works–a Brooklyn-based program for youth filmmaking and mentorship–filmed, edited, and produced this video, which also featured  music tracks created by teens from Chicago Hive member YOUmedia, a teen collaboration space at the Harold Washington Library.

Several existing Hive members have played a key role in the design and development of this program, including Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, The New York Public Library and DreamYard in NYC, and YOUMedia, Free Spirit Media, Chicago History Museum and The Chicago Architecture Foundation in Chicago.

The following Request for Proposals (RFP) was released yesterday to Hive members, to offer funding to support the development of programs that result in innovative learning experience for youth and a rich database of open source curricular resources.

Key outcomes for Hive Fashion include:

  • A Hive Fashion apparel line designed and created by Hive youth and displayed prominently in New York, Chicago, and beyond.
  • Youth-led events such as runway shows and screenings to celebrate both fashion and documentary creations.
  • Digital products such as digital explorations of the fashion industry, including video documentaries illustrating career paths or virtual tours of textile factories.
  • A rich database of how-to guides and curricular resources to guide the teaching and learning of skills necessary for success in the fashion world.
  • A digital badging system to recognize teen growth and achievement.
  • Programs built on Fashion content that is aligned with current research on connected learning.
  • Programs and learning activities that will provide multiple opportunities for testing foundational principles of connected learning.

For more information, email us at and follow us on Twitter @HiveFashion.

Stay tuned for further details about how this program progresses!