Tribute to Abner Mikva
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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 Mikva: Nancy Kaszak

I first met Ab in 1966, when he was making his first run for Congress. I was a bored high school sophomore in Calumet City, watching all the drama of the 60’s unfold on television. I wanted to be part…

Posted on August 16, 2016 in Tribute

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Tribute to Ab Mikva: Megan Rivkin

In his work to change the message of “we don’t want nobody nobody sent” to a call to action for young people to get involved and directly affect their world, Judge Mikva provided young people like myself opportunities to not…

Posted on July 26, 2016 in Tribute

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Tribute to Abner Mikva: Andrew Conneen

Even before my students became involved with Mikva Challenge events, I had the opportunity to take students to Judge Mary Mikva’s courtroom. She was incredibly welcoming and asked the lawyers at the hearing to present their arguments to my students….

Posted on July 19, 2016 in Tribute

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Tribute to Abner Mikva: Howard Fishbein

I never met Abner Mikva in person, but I have felt his presence and the influence of his great example. My first (albeit virtual) encounter with Abner was as a young boy growing up in the suburbs just north of…

Posted on July 11, 2016 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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9,506

young people served in the Chicagoland area, California and Washington DC

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

6,900

students from 117 schools nationwide presented speeches and/or worked on civic action projects

2,000+

Mikva students serve as election judges each election cycle

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

1,684

students campaigned during the 2015-16 Election Season

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