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Calling all Mikva Alums!

Mikva alums, we invite you to answer some survey questions about your experience at Mikva Challenge and your civic life after...

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Collective Pause: September 6th -10th

As we go into a new school year – and one with continued unknowns and need for flexibility and creativity –...

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

From Chicago Sun Times By Nichole Shaw  Aug 18, 2021, 8:24pm CDT Chicago youth offer public policy suggestion to city leaders through...

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The 2021 State of Chicago Youth

Mikva Challenge’s Citywide and Neighborhood Youth Councils Councils hosted the Second Annual State of Chicago Youth Town Hall. Wednesday, August 18, 2021 ...

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2021 Mikva Challenge IL Summer Fundraiser

Join us at Mikva Challenge’s 23rd Annual Summer Fundraiser Honoring Jacques Loveall President of UFCW 8-Golden State, Youth Champion Award Thursday,...

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Mikva Announces Additions to the IL Leadership Team

This summer has been an exciting time of growth here at Mikva. We are delighted to share that we’ve expanded our...

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Mikva Challenge Appoints Verneé Green As New CEO

Mikva Challenge Appoints Verneé Green As New CEO National Leader in Civic Education hires new leader    Chicago — Today, Mikva...

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Bridge Detroit: Detroit teens’ words are getting state, national attention

Bridge Detroit By Olivia Lewis June 3, 2021, 8:00am EST Detroit teens’ words are getting state, national attention

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Soapbox Nation Mainstage 2021

On May 11th, 2021 Mikva Challenge hosted the Soapbox Nation Mainstage: a culminating showcase for 12 outstanding Project Soapbox speeches that...

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The final tally is in – and WOW!

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From the White House to California, Mikva Youth Are Reshaping Democracy

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What do Chicago students say they most need? Counselors, school board seats, therapy dogs

Chalkbeat Chicago By Cassie Walker Burke May 14, 2021, 2:35pm CDT What do Chicago students say they most need? Counselors, school...

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Empowering Young People to Raise Their Voices and Be Heard

Empowering Young People to Raise Their Voices and Be Heard INSIGHTS   12 MAY 2021 BY ROBYN LINGO, MIKVA CHALLENGE Education Reimagined We should...

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Don’t miss Mikva Challenge IL’s 2021 Virtual Spring Benefit!

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Championing youth leadership – Lauryn and Karen’s story

Lauryn Renford, a Sophomore at The George Washington University, has been working to address gun violence in DC and beyond ever...

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Register Now, Don’t Miss Mikva IL’s 2021 Spring Benefit!

Register today or donate in lieu of attendance.

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How do Mikva youth compare to peer groups regarding civic engagement?

During the 2020 Presidential Election, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) surveyed young adults –...

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Students Get on Their Soapbox About Issues Important to Them

From Jefferson County Public Schools | March 29, 2021 Students Get on Their Soapbox About Issues Important to Them

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WBEZ: Chicago’s K-8 Classes Are Back To In-Person. But What’s Next For High Schoolers?

From WBEZ By Meha Ahmad | Mar. 25, 6:56 p.m. CT Chicago’s K-8 Classes Are Back To In-Person. But What’s Next...

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