Soapbox Nation

Through Soapbox Nation, youth find their voice on the issues that matter most to them and are given a platform for sharing their ideas and actions.

What

Harnessing the power, vision and voice of young people, Mikva Challenge is joining with Facebook Education to launch the second year of Soapbox Nation. The program engages thousands of young people in classrooms around the country in learning how to create and advocate for solutions to improve their schools, communities and the lives of young people. Last year, we brought Soapbox Nation to 5,000 students from over 40 schools in 20 cities – we’re excited to reach thousands more young people this year!

How

  1. Using Mikva’s 1-2 week Soapbox curriculum, educators work with their students to help them connect with issues they care about and develop their case for making a change. Webinar training along with customized coaching supports teachers in this process.
  2. Once students have developed a powerful, researched, two minute call-to-action speech about an issue that has deeply impacted them and their peers, they will submit a video of the Soapbox speech to be shared on the Soapbox Nation Facebook Page.
  3. Students with the top 15 winning speeches will be flown to Washington D.C. to present their speeches to a national audience. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to talk with public officials on capitol hill about their issues and learn how D.C. works so they can get their voice heard in the capitol. Check out last year’s winning speeches!

Who is eligible?

5th-12th grade classrooms throughout the country.

Sign up to participate – you’ll get the Soapbox Nation curriculum, online webinar training dates, and a chance for one of your students to be among the 15 national winners to present their speech in Washington, DC next summer.

Why

Soapbox Nation celebrates the power of youth voice and opinion to encourage students to become active participants in the civic debate of their community while fostering public speaking and critical thinking skills and building empathy for peers. Recent research from DePaul professors Molly Andolina and Hilary Conklin has shown that the Soapbox Nation program improves students civic knowledge and social emotional learning.

Soapbox Nation is a great catalyst for youth getting excited about learning civics and being active citizens.

The power of Soapbox is that it transforms students into civic actors not just spectators.

Mikva Challenge President, Brian Brady.