The Mozilla Hive NYC team is ecstatic to debut an application process for prospective new members. With this announcement, we would like to invite organizations and institutions not currently in our network to apply! And to you, current awesome network members, please pass this post and application along to organizations that you think would be a spectacular fit to be part of the Hive NYC family!
The updated application and onboarding structure was collectively developed by Hive NYC members throughout the summer of 2016 in order to grow a stronger, intentional network. The goal was to establish structured membership criteria and guidelines that can uphold a supportive peer learning space, activate more strategic partnerships and collaborations between member organizations, and support members in mobilizing together to improve teaching and learning in a networked world. Follow this link for examples of projects supported by the network.
As part of this process, members revised and affirmed Hive NYC’s core values, expectations, and opportunities for participation in this new Memo of Understanding.
For folks who are new, allow me to introduce our Hive NYC Learning Network Goals:
- Strengthen Hive NYC as a context for learning and innovation;
- Develop conditions for the spread and scale of Hive NYC ideas;
- Illustrate and develop youth trajectories and pathways; and
- Increase equity and access to education opportunities in NYC.
Hive NYC thrives as a space for building community among educators who care about accessible, innovative, and equitable education opportunities for youth from the five boroughs. The richness of the network lies in the variety of organizations that actively participate in making this a collective space for peer learning. As stewards of the network, Hive NYC staff are dedicated to:
- Fostering a safe, innovative, and experimental learning environment for members,
- Support member relationships and connections to strengthen each other’s work through the sharing of digital tools, resources, pedagogy, and strategies,
- Be advocates of members’ creative work with and for youth, mission, and values across education, government and philanthropic sectors,
- Supporting member organizations to make connections with prospective funders,
- Facilitating member-wide decision making and avenues for providing feedback.
We can’t wait to welcome you!
HOW TO APPLY TO BE PART OF THIS AWESOMENESS!:
We are excited for your organization to join our cohort of awesome youth workers and youth development institutions. We welcome all eligible high-school aged youth serving organizations to apply to be a member of Hive NYC. Before filling out the new member application, please review the criteria for membership below and Hive Member Responsibilities and Guidelines to see if your organization qualifies. Membership is free!
Hive Members – Organizations or institutions that:
- Provide free or low-cost, strengths-based youth development and learning opportunities directly to high school aged youth (ages 14-22) in the five boroughs of New York City.
- Invest in increasing access and equity in education through digital media and web literacy.
- Commit to ongoing learning and innovation for both educators and youth participants.
- Commit to creating and contributing to inclusive learning environments within and outside of their organization.
If your organization does not fit the criteria to apply to be a Hive Member, don’t fret! Consider applying to be a Hive Community Ally.
Community Ally – Organizations or institutions that:
- Are aligned with Hive NYC’s core principles and practices (pg2) but do not meet the aforementioned Hive Member criteria. (can include youth affinity groups/ta providers, researchers, universities committed to community building/education/project based learning etc.).
“Hive Members” and “Community Allies” are valued equally and are integral to our learning community, but have slightly different participation roles based on their organizational structures.
If your organization meets the Hive Membership Criteria and can agree to the Membership Guidelines, you can apply on behalf of your organization by filling out the Hive Learning Network Member Application. Due Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 5:00 pm EST.
Applications will be reviewed and voted on by a panel of volunteer judges made up of current Hive members and Mozilla staff. Selections will be announced on March 21st. The Hive NYC community would also like to welcome our new members to the network’s next Meetup for a New Hive Member Breakfast on March 30th (9:30am – 11:30am). We ask that all applicants please save the date!
If you have any questions about your organization’s eligibility or regarding the application process, feel free to schedule a virtual or in-person meeting with me for the following dates:
Chrystian Rodriguez (Hive NYC Network Manager) – Open Office Hours
- Tuesday, February 7th – 10:00am – 2:00pm
- Thursday, February 9th – 2:30pm – 4:30pm
- Friday, February 10th – 2:00pm – 4:30pm
- Tuesday, February 21st – 10:00am – 2:00pm
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a meeting.