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


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


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


students campaigned during the 2015-16 Election Season


Mikva students serve as election judges each election cycle


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 encourage their friends and family to be politically engaged, vs. only 35% of 18-29 yr. olds nationwide

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