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Posted on July 18, 2017 in Mikva News

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A tribute to My Dad by Jill Bass

A Tribute to My Dad This post is written by Jill Bass, Chief Educational Officer at Mikva Challenge.  When I first met Ab Mikva, I was struck by how much he reminded me of my dad. He was similar in…

Posted on June 15, 2017 in Mikva News

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Tribute to Abner Mikva: Todd Goren

Judge Mikva was a member of my temple, and lived a few blocks away from us. In high school, one of my assignments in history class involved interviewing someone on the topic in question. I had chosen to write about…

Posted on May 30, 2017 in Tribute

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  • Tribute to Abner J. Mikva 1926-2016

    Judge Mikva and his wife Zoe founded the Mikva Challenge with the vision of involving city youth in politics and public service. In this section, we honor their life's work.

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7,000

young people from 115 schools across Chicagoland participate in Mikva Challenge programs annually

66%

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

145

Chicagoland teachers participate in Mikva Challenge programs

2,000+

Mikva students serve as election judges each election cycle

1,684

students campaigned during the 2015-16 Election Season

50%

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

69%

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

88%

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

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