Democracy is a verb.

 

Creating News Media

IndyKids

Looking for a multi-platform current events and social justice news source that is produced by kids, for kids? Click here to check out IndyKids, an active website with exclusive articles, interviews, podcasts, open dialogue and resources, workshops for kids to learn journalism and media literacy, and support for educators with teaching guides and classroom visits.

Media Quick Contacts

Looking to gain some public attention for your students’ work? Check out this list of contact info for various Chicago media outlets compiled by the Community Media Workshop.
Media_Quick_Contacts.pdf

Social Media Tips and Tricks

Seeking to help your students explore the different ways that social media can help them get their project’s message out to different audiences – and how to do that most effectively?

  • Click here for a Prezi full of strategizing tips that Mikva staff originally created to help students at Gage Park HS think about how to spread the word about the gun exchange they are planning.
  • Click the icon below to download a brief PowerPoint that lists FAQs (and answers) regarding the best times to use different social media.
  • Click the here for a sample lesson plan that introduces students to both of the above resources.
the.News

This project by the PBS NewsHour uses journalism and video to tell topical and relevant stories about subjects of interest. The site features a wealth of short videos about various current events AND online editing software that allows students to mix these clips with video clips they create themselves. Each video story is also supported by lesson plans with content-based standards, discussion questions, student activities, vocabulary and primary references for teachers. Click here to explore the site.

What Kids Can Do

Seeking publicity for the awesome work your students are doing on their issue? Consider reaching out to WKCD, a national nonprofit organization focused on bringing public attention to the accomplishments and contributions of our nation’s youth, and asking them to cover your story. Just send a basic blurb including the who, what, when, where, and how to info@whatkidscando.org; if they’re interested they will follow up.

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Chicagoland teachers participate in Mikva Challenge programs

69%

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

7,000

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

1,684

students campaigned during the 2015-16 Election Season

88%

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

50%

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

2,000+

Mikva students serve as election judges each election cycle

66%

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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