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Fatima Afzal

Fatima is Mikva Challenge’s C3 (College, Career, and Civic Connections) Manager. In her role, she supports students in their summer programs...

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Verneé Green

Verneé joined Mikva Challenge in April 2018. Verneé Green has over 25 years of experience in the education and nonprofit sectors,...

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Jill Bass

Jill taught in Chicago and New York City public schools for 13 years and was a Mikva teacher for much of that time....

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Crystal Cabada

Crystal has been working as a summer intern with the Mikva Challenge Operations and Development teams since she graduated high school...

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Karla Morin Castilla

Karla’s passion for social justice and youth voice began when as a teen she met with her alderman to express the...

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Juleny Santa Cruz

Juleny joined Mikva Challenge in May 2018 as the Juvenile Justice Council Manager. She is born and raised in the southwest...

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Kayla Cruz

As an inner-city kid and the eldest of seven, Kayla developed a passion for positive youth development at a young age....

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Kayla Effner

Kayla joined Mikva Challenge as an apprentice from Public Allies in October 2021, and adopted her full-time role as the Citywide...

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James Fields

James is a Mikva alumnus and is extremely passionate about sharing his life experiences to empower young men and women. He...

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