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.

Explore Our Work

Teacher Voice: Hui-Ling Malone

Summer at Mikva brings 170 youth to public policy work

New Civics: Building Engaged Communities from the Classroom Up

Mikva Co-Hosts New Civics Practitioners Conference

Meet our Youth Change-Maker Award Winners


students volunteered for political campaigns during the 2012 Presidential Election


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


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


Mikva students serve as election judges each election cycle


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


Chicagoland teachers participate in Mikva Challenge programs


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


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

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