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Summer Institute 2019

Join educators from around the country to connect to high quality curriculum and inspiring, professional development led by experienced Action Civics...

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Soapbox Nation Youth Speech Showcase

Join us on Tuesday, July 9 at 4pm for the Soapbox Nation youth speech showcase in the Newseum’s Documentary Theater. During...

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Why I’m Going to be a Student Judge, Again.

By Lucas Vogel Mikva Challenge works with the Chicago Board of Elections to train high school students to serve as election...

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Mikva alumnus, Berto Aguayo

Berto's struggles and experiences as a former gang member have led him on an ardent journey toward social justice. He holds...

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A Mikva Challenge Founder, Jack M. Marco

Jack Marco is the retired Chairman of the Board of The Marco Consulting Group (MCG) an investment consulting firm specializing in...

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We’re Turning 20!

Mikva Challenge was founded to mark the remarkable public service legacy of Ab and Zoe Mikva. The goal: inspire Chicago city...

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Mentor of the Month: Melissa Binder

By Valonda Roberts, College and Career Connections Program Manager Being an advocate for young people comes in many different forms. Melissa...

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Reflections on Action Civics Summer Institute

By Jill Bass, Chief Education Officer Action Civics Magic was in full effect at the Mikva Challenge Action Civics Summer Institute...

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Mikva Summer Fellows 2018: Internships as a Part of Action Civics

Summer is here bringing warm weather and a new crop of Mikva Summer Fellows. All 63 of them hold internships across...

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James Alford is Our Alum of the Month!

Tell us about your Mikva Challenge experience. My Mikva experience was fun. I really enjoyed it. My AP Government teacher, Mr....

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LET’S SAVE THE FUTURE: A comedy event benefiting Action Civics LA!

Our Action Civics LA team does amazing work to excite and elevate students and teachers to become informed, active, and empowered...

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We Want YOU to Be a Judge at Our Action Civics Showcase!

Join us at the 16th Annual Action Civics Showcase Now in its 16th year, The Mikva Challenge Action Civics Showcase is...

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2018 Mikva Challenge Chicago Youth Change Maker Benefit

Thank You for Supporting Our Youth Change Makers! On April 18, we gathered to honor the winners of the 2018 Youth Change Maker Awards,...

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Action Civics Spotlight: Reflections of a Juvenile Justice Council Facilitator

My very first experience being a facilitator was completed in front of forty State’s Attorneys in Cook County Juvenile Court; it...

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The College and Career Connections Program Mentors of the Month: Kim and Alex Schneider

Newlyweds Kim and Alex Schneider have not just stolen each other’s hearts but also the hearts of three young people participating...

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Apply Now for TFI Chicago Fellows Tribute Grant!

Mikva Challenge, in partnership with JPMorgan Chase, is pleased to announce the availability of funding to community-based organizations to implement a...

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De’Rell Bonner is Our Alum of the Month!

Tell us about your Mikva Challenge experience.   It is because of my high school guidance counselor (Catherine Lindskog) that I...

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5 Things You Should Know About the Neighborhood Leadership Initiative

In its first year, the Neighborhood Leadership Initiative, made up of two youth advisory councils of young people ages 13-16, is...

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Action Civics Spotlight: Curie High School Youth Police Conversations

March 1st was the launch of the first youth police conversation at Curie High School. Curie is one of two high...

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The Power and Wisdom of Young People

Our hearts go out to the Parkland Community as it mourns the loss of its 17 students and educators who were...

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