Included in this page are a set of reports developed through our research that speak to various issues and approaches related to brokering youth pathways.

Not just a blip in someone’s life: integrating brokering practices into out-of-school programming


The result of a participatory knowledge building process facilitated by Hive Research Lab with a larger community of after-school providers, the Hive NYC Learning Network, this paper makes a case for the importance of brokering future learning opportunities to youth as a programmatic goal for informal learning organizations.

“He saw I had a loving for it”: Youth Interest Signaling as a Means of Generating Social Support in Technology Pathways

In this research study, we explore the ways that youth engage in “interest signaling”,  actions youth undertake that communicate their needs in ways that motivate adults and peers to mobilize resources to support them. We highlight how interest signaling is a key factor driving the process of brokering – signals are critical mechanisms for adults to understand what youth interests and expertise are, and, thus, be able to act as effective learning brokers.

Keep making: A design case on supporting kids to geek out on their own time

How do we support continued engagement in creative production, even after youth leave our events and programs? In this design case study, we share  a series of design experiments that Mouse and Hive Research Lab collaborated on within the context of Mouse Maker Nights to better understand this problem space, and some pitfalls and lessons learned along the way.