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Mikva Challenge DC.

Modeled after the successful civic engagement programming

developed for youth in Chicago, Mikva DC began as a small pilot program, working with 200 students at four schools in 2014-15. Today, we are making a real citywide impact, reaching over 1,200 local students at more than 30 schools across our city and have expanded our reach by 500% since our pilot year. Through our partnerships with classroom teachers, we integrate action civics into students’ classroom experiences, and provide opportunities for students to engage in real-life democratic experiences outside of the classroom, through our Elections in Action and Summer Fellowship programs.

Impacts in Washington, D.C.

  • 30+ school partners
  • 40+ teachers engaged
  • More than 1,200 youth served
  • We have integrated Mikva’s signature Action Civics curriculum into the core curriculum for DC Public Schools for both US Government and DC History courses.
  • EVERY 6th through 12th-grade student in DC Public Schools gets the chance to write and deliver our signature “Project Soapbox” speech.

Meet the DC Team


Contact Mikva Challenge DC:

655 15th St. NW

Suite 800

Washington, DC 20005

Because I learned about civic engagement during high school, I know how to go about dismantling processes that are inconsistent with my beliefs on justice. I can have a civil conversation with someone who has a completely different perspective and rally on the one area in which we share common ground.

Mikva DC alumnus Maya Branch


We support educators and young people across the country with engaging, Action Civics curriculum and programming that helps youth develop skills and removes barriers to be involved community leaders.

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