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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

Mikva Challenge’s Project Soapbox curriculum has been giving young people the tools and opportunity to speak out about the issues facing their schools, communities and the lives of young people for over 8 years.  Now these powerful youth voices can be heard nationally: with Soapbox Nation, created in partnership with Mikva Challenge and Facebook Education, students from around the country can share their Soapbox speeches digitally. In the interest of safety, we have canceled the annual DC trip, and will instead host a virtual Soapbox Nation Mainstage event to showcase the top speakers on June 4. The first 100 students to submit a speech to Soapbox Nation will be awarded a $20 gift card. Be a part of this growing movement!

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. Teachers, to help with distance learning, you can find all of the Soapbox lessons adapted to virtual assignments here.
  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. Click for speech submission instructions. Because of how COVID-19 has disrupted schools everywhere, the speech submission deadline has been extended to May 10.
  3. In the interest of safety, we have canceled the annual DC trip for winning students, and will instead host a virtual Soapbox Nation Mainstage event to showcase the top speakers on June 4. The first 100 students to submit a speech to Soapbox Nation will be awarded a $20 gift card. Check out last year’s winning speeches for inspiration!

Who is eligible?

5th-12th grade classrooms throughout the country are eligible to be a part of Soapbox Nation.

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 12 national winners to give their speech to a national audience at our virtual Soapbox Nation Mainstage event on June 4.

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.