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Success Stories

Mikva Challenge had a great impact in my life. Like most young people during my high school years, I was searching for a sense of purpose, trying to find out what my calling in life was going to be. Mikva Challenge provided me with the opportunity to get involved. Many young people want to get involved in the community but don’t know how. Mikva knows how.
– Mikva Alum Henry Cervantes

Mikva has lasting impacts not only on the youth leaders in our programs, but also on schools, communities, and public policy. Here are a few stories that highlight the power of youth voice and youth expertise.

View some of the Mikva Success Stories Below:


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


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


Chicagoland teachers participate in Mikva Challenge programs


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


Mikva students serve as election judges each election cycle


students campaigned during the 2015-16 Election Season

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