Mikva Challenge’s Citywide and Neighborhood Youth Councils Councils hosted the Second Annual State of Chicago Youth Town Hall.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 

The voices of young people are valuable, visionary, and insightful. Thank you to all who joined us to be the first to hear what young people participating in Mikva Challenge programs have to say about the solutions we need in Chicago! 

Throughout the summer, Mikva Challenge youth policymakers identified the most pressing issues and inequities currently affecting Chicago youth. At this second-annual town hall event, they presented their policy recommendations to ensure Chicago institutions are more equitable and responsive.

Recommendations focused on four major issue areas: health, education, juvenile justice, and community safety.

Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and provide resources to help push the youth’s recommendations forward during the upcoming year.



Thank you! Your partnership makes our work possible. 

We’re grateful to join forces to make Chicago one of the nation’s preeminent cities to empower, elevate, and strengthen youth voice and youth leadership — from our neighborhoods to our city institutions.

Thanks to the investment of individual donors, foundations, companies, non-profits, government, and other organizations, we are able to uplift the visions, voices and leadership of young people – reaching thousands of youth across Chicago. Our transformational impact is only possible through your support!



Read the full report of each council’s policy recommendations for a more equitable and responsive Chicago:

2021 State of Chicago Youth White Paper



Mikva Challenge State of Chicago Youth in the news!

Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago youth offer public policy suggestions to city leaders through Mikva Challenge



Watch the 2021 State of Chicago Youth Town Hall recording now: