Democracy is a verb.


By The Numbers

By empowering youth to become engaged and active citizens, Mikva is strengthening our democracy today. Through surveys, interviews, and focus groups, we assess our impact on youth and our success in meeting our four core organizational goals.

Provide youth with authentic and transformative democratic experiences

  • 450 Students volunteered for political campaigns during the 2012 Presidential Elections, 120 volunteered in the 2014 primaries, and we aim to have over 350 students participate in bi-partisan election work in the 2014-15 school year
  • 2,000+ Students served as Election Judges for the Primaries in November 2013
  • 87% Of students interning in offices of elected officials reported they want to be involved in politics in the future, with 69% reporting they would consider working in government
Develop agency and future commitment to civic action

  • 91% Of students from our Peace and Leadership Council program believe that youth have the power to improve their school or community – vs. 66% before the program
  • 94% Of students from our Citywide Youth Councils plan to take on a leadership role to solve issues in their communities – vs. 60% before the program
  • 86% Of students in our Democracy in Action program believe it is their responsibility to get involved to make things better for society – vs. 38% before the program.
Provide youth with skills and knowledge to be effective citizens

  • 93% Of students from our Democracy in Action program report they can work with their peers to solve issues – vs. only 56% before the program
  • 84% Of students from our Citywide Youth Councils report being up-to-date on major national and local current events that relate to the issues they care about – vs. just 28% before the program
  • 89% Of students participating in our Electoral Engagement programs now understand how a primary election works – vs. only 27% before
Increase exposure, demand, and access to action civics

  • 3,950 Students participated in our 6-step community problem solving process in 2013-14
  • 54 Teachers at 54 schools led action civics projects in their schools in 2013-14
  • Teachers from 47 states have downloaded Mikva Challenge curricula47


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


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


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


students campaigned during the 2015-16 Election Season


Chicagoland teachers participate in Mikva Challenge programs


Mikva students serve as election judges each election cycle


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

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