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Maliha Sadiq, Communications Director, 312-863-6343 or email

Recent Media Hits

Fall 2016

ABC 7 Chicago: Students to Give Trump Advice During Mikva Citywide Speech Competition
Chicago Sun-Times: Brown: Student Judges to Hold their Own on Election Day                                    Chicago Tribune: More than 1,600 Chicago High Schoolers Witnessing History as Election Judges           WTTW: Chicago Teens Working Polling Sites Get Front Row Seat on Election Day 
Chicago Tribune: Educators struggle to teach election lessons amid charged presidential race 
Evanston Patch: Evanston Post Office Will be Renamed for Abner Mikva 
Chicago Tribune: Candidates seek volunteer support as well as votes                                                  Chicago Tribune: Waukegan High Students Take the Lead at 10th District Candidate Forum                    Chicago Tribune: Cook County to Vote on Sugary Drink Tax

Spring/Summer 2016

Chicago Tribune:Chicago students find bathrooms disgusting, so they get to work
ABC 7: Chicago Students Aim to Improve Relationship with Cops on Basket Ball Court 
Chicago Tribune: ‘Man up’ and ‘girly shoes’ on these middle schoolers’ minds
Lawndale News: On The Table Brings Change 
Chicago Tribune: CPS updates guidelines for transgender students and employees High-schoolers challenge status quo with Project Soapbox competition

Winter 2016

WTTW: Chicago Students Discuss Violence, Safety as Part of Mikva Challenge
ABC News: Mikva Challenge Students Arrive in Iowa
Chicago Tribune: In election year, teachers tackle politics in class
DNAInfo: Over 400 CPS Kids Discuss City Issues, Meet With Adult ‘Decision-Makers’

Fall 2015

WGN-TV: ‘Chicago Wears Condoms’ campaign launched today on World Aids Day
Chicago Tribune: Chicago (and its skyscrapers) wear condoms, thanks to new campaign
Chicago Tribune: West Aurora Student Takes 1st Place in Project Soapbox Competition
DNAInfo: After Peers Get Pregnant, South Side Teen Joins Sex Ed Movement

Summer 2015

WGN-TV: Former gang member finds success, strength in politics

Spring 2015

DNAInfo: Videos Take on Police Brutality, Guns in Hip Hop Project

Winter 2014

Chicago Tribune: Teens address top city issues at annual speech competition

Fall 2014

TechRepublic: 8 apps that improve access to legal justice

Summer 2014

Letter to the editor in the Chicago Tribune: Chicago Can Be A National Model for Youth Civic Engagement

Spring 2014

WBEZ: Chicago students on their ‘Soapbox’


students campaigned during the 2015-16 Election Season


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


Mikva students serve as election judges each election cycle


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


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


Chicagoland teachers participate in Mikva Challenge programs


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


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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