Democracy is a verb.


Do you believe in the power of youth?

Welcome to the Mikva Challenge, where ‘Democracy is a VERB.’ We challenge high school students throughout the Chicagoland area to be active participants in the political process through elections, community problem solving, and policy-making programs. Our programs serve over 6,000 high school students and 130 teachers at 110 schools across the Chicago Metropolitan region.

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Khiry Johnson is our Alum of the Month

Why the Newly Passed Civics Bill is a Big Deal

Welcome Michelle Morales, New Chicago Executive Director

10 Years After a 50th Year Commemorative Trip: Remembering Emmett Till

Youth created recommendations get applause from decision makers


Chicagoland teachers participate in Mikva Challenge programs


young people from 110 schools across Chicagoland participate in Mikva Challenge programs annually


students volunteered for political campaigns during the 2012 Presidential Election


of Mikva alumni continue to volunteer in their communities, vs. only 36% of 18-29 yr. olds nationwide


of Mikva alumni encourage their friends and family to be politically engaged, vs. only 35% of 18-29 yr. olds nationwide


Mikva students serve as election judges each election cycle


of alumni of our Elections in Action programs continue to volunteer for political campaigns, vs. only 2% of 18-29 yr. old nationwide


of Mikva alumni are registered voters, vs. only 53% of 18-29 yr. olds nationwide

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