Democracy is a verb.



Candidate Positions

Project Vote Smart provides information on local, state, and national candidates to help voters learn about candidates’ voting records and positions on issues. 

Ideologies — The World’s Smallest Political Quiz

Carrie Kelso, Mikva teacher from Morgan Park High School, shares the following lesson:

Have students take the world’s smallest political quiz for homework. Divide class into small groups of three and assign roles – moderator, discussion recorder, and artist. Project the diagram you receive once you finish the quiz on the overhead for artists to use as a model to create their image. Each group should first discuss the questions – making sure to do both economic and social, then flip over sheet and discuss philosophies.

I Side With… hosts a quiz that students can take to find out where they stand on important issues. The site also has articles and polls related to current policies.  Click here to take the quiz.

Party Platforms

Looking for the party’s platform campaign info, and position papers on issues for the major parties?
Go to:,,,, and 

Political Forum Viewing Guide

Click below to download a viewing guide and accompanying reflection questions to assign your students when they attend or watch a political forum or debate.

Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

Looking for direct quotes and “in-their-own-words” statements from candidates on a huge variety of issues? You can organize your information by issue, candidate, or party. There are also some fun political quizzes that will help students figure out where they fall on the political spectrum, and which candidates they agree and disagree with. 



Mikva students serve as election judges each election cycle


students campaigned during the 2015-16 Election Season


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


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


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


of Mikva alumni are registered voters, vs. only 53% 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

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