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Trenity Dobbey is our Alum of the Month!

Alum of the Month: Trenity Dobbey Trenity graduated in 2004 from Chicago Vocational Career Academy, located in the Southside of  Chicago. She participated in Mikva’s Summer Government and Leadership Institute (Mikva Summer Fellows) and Mikva’s Young Women’s Leadership Council. Tell…

Posted on January 3, 2017 in Mikva Alumni

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Top Ten Mikva Challenge Moments of 2016

We started the year with a campaign trip to Iowa just before the 2016 Presidential primaries. Over 200 youth from Illinois, California and Washington,DC campaigned for the candidates of their choice. Check out the video (above) from the trip, and you’ll be…

Posted on December 12, 2016 in Mikva News

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Youth Reflection: Ashshonti Cash

Ashshonti Cash is a student leader at Marquette School of Excellence and has been in the Mikva Challenge Peace and Leadership (PLC) program for the past three years. Ashonti has shared with us why she chooses to continue to participate…

Posted on November 28, 2016 in Mikva Alumni

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    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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of Mikva alumni encourage their friends and family to be politically engaged, vs. only 35% 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


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


students campaigned during the 2015-16 Election Season


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


Mikva students serve as election judges each election cycle


Chicagoland teachers participate in Mikva Challenge programs


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

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