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SoapboxNYC – 2020

This fall, students from schools across New York City delivered speeches that answer the question: “What is the biggest issue facing your community, & what should be done about it?” Between October-November, students gave their speech in their classroom and at school-wide events.  Finalists moved on to the citywide Preliminary Rounds organized by grade band – and 10 outstanding speakers gave their speech at the culminating SoapboxNYC Mainstage Showcase event on December 9!

We encourage you to watch and engage with these powerful videos, and share your support in the comments! We want to honor the speakers’ truth, and make sure this experience of making their voice heard on important community issues is just the beginning of a lifetime of civic engagement and advocacy!

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SoapboxNYC is a public speaking initiative put on by Civics for All and Mikva Challenge that calls on young people to develop and deliver an original speech on an issue that matters to them.