Citywide Youth Council
Congrats! You are eligible to apply for our Citywide Youth Councils.
Each council is a group of about 30 young people from across the city who will meet bi-weekly during the school year and work to build a team, conduct action research and take action on policy recommendations that were presented to city leaders about how to address top issues facing Chicago youth. Most if not all council work is expected to take place in person in the Mikva Challenge office at 200 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60604. Programs are subject to change to virtual or hybrid depending on Covid-19 local and state health mandates.
Please read the brief description of each council below and use the drop down menus to tell us how interested you are in each one. (i.e. not at all, a little, some or a lot)
The Juvenile Justice Council is made up of youth (age 16-20) who live in Chicago and/or Cook County and work together to provide Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle with diverse youth perspectives on the County's policies and programs involving young people and the criminal justice system in order to reduce incarceration rates and recidivism among juvenile youth in Cook County. In 2020-21, JJC worked to develop and deliver virtual Know Your Rights and Expungement workshops for Cook County youth.
SAC advises Chicago Public Schools by providing youth perspective, research, and recommendations on district policies and initiatives. Council members learn about the inner workings of CPS, work in committees to gather and analyze student feedback from their peers, and share their findings with different CPS leaders. In 2020-21, their work brought student voice to three district initiatives: work to reduce inequities in how the Student Code of Conduct is enforced, the development of a new Curriculum Equity Initiative, and a redesign of the district's School Quality Rating Policy.
The Teen Health Council is a group of Chicago youth (age 16-18) that conducts research and creates action plans to improve the physical, mental, and sexual health of the city's youth. They learn from and propose policy recommendations to both the Chicago Department of Public Health and the CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness; explore careers within the realm of public health, and partner with Lurie Children’s Center on Childhood Resilience to inform their peers about the impact of stress and trauma on mental and physical wellbeing. In 2020-21, THC worked with Lurie to become certified ethical researchers and conduct research to document how COVID-19 has impacted the mental health of Chicago youth.
The Youth Safety Advisory Council (YSAC) is a group of Chicago youth (age 16-18) who work to bring youth voice and youth-led recommendations into spaces where decisions are being made that impact the safety of the city's youth. In 2020-21, YSAC made recommendations to CPS' Chief of Safety and Security that informed the development of CPS' Whole School Safety Initiative (that sought to gather community input to develop and implement alternative systems of safety for CPS students in every school) and launched a survey to inform the work of the Independent Monitoring Team overseeing CPD's compliance with a federal Consent Decree.
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If you are indeed interested in participating with Mikva Challenge, please review the Council choices above and change your level of interest in each of the councils.
To confirm, are you interested in serving on one or more of Mikva's Citywide Youth Councils?
Juvenile Justice Council
Congrats! You are eligible to apply for our Juvenile Justice Council.
This council is a group of about 20 young people from across the city who work to build a team, conduct action research and take action to create and present policy recommendations to city leaders about how to address top issues facing Chicago youth.
Please continue filling out the application to provide us with additional details.
CPS Student Advisory Council
You marked you had some or a lot of interest in our CPS Student Advisory Council - that's great! In order to fully apply for this council, a staff member will reach out to you to complete the application process.
If you ALSO marked you are interested in any of our other three councils, please continue this application by clicking "next" below.