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Democracy is a Verb! event supports Chicago youth civic engagement

April 29, 2022  |  Mikva Challenge Spring Benefit: Mikva Challenge will host its 2022 spring benefit Democracy is a Verb! the evening of May 12th at The Geraghty. This year’s event will honor Tom Wilson, CEO of Allstate and Dr. Janice K. Jackson, CEO of Hope Chicago.

The evening’s program will give attendees a “Taste of Mikva” programs and highlight the many ways young people are speaking out and taking action in their communities. The event will also feature cuisine from food trucks representing neighborhoods across the city.

“Mikva’s amazing students have continued to participate in our democracy, using their voices to shape the world around them and inspire all of us in spite of challenges,” shared Verneé Green, CEO of Mikva Challenge. “This event will support our programs that prepare young people to lead a just, equitable, and representative democracy that embraces youth voice!”

Those interested in supporting the work of Mikva Challenge are encouraged to attend, sponsor, or donate in honor of the event. More information on the event and sponsorship opportunities can be found at

Press photo and video opportunities: Interviews with executive leadership available by request. Press kit available at

May 12, 2022, 5:30 – 8 p.m. at The Geraghty (2520 S Hoyne Ave, Chicago, IL 60608). Please contact Mary Carlson ( for more information on event press opportunities.

Why support Mikva Challenge:

  • In 2021, Mikva Challenge programs reached 132,000 students
  • After participating in our programs 94% of students feel like a more important part of their community
  • 89% of Mikva Challenge alumni surveyed voted in the 2020 elections, versus 55% of 18-34 year olds nationwide
  • 70% of Mikva alum have earned a BA or higher, compared with only 33% of the general population