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2018 Neighborhood Leadership Initiative Application

Our student application for our new Neighborhood Leadership Initiative is now available! Students can apply for this 18 month program if they are currently in 8th or 9th grade and live in one of three Chicago neighborhoods: New City (Back of the Yards), North Lawndale, or South Lawndale. (Not sure if you live in one of these communities? Click here to check.) 

Why apply?

  • Gain leadership skills and develop your talents
  • Earn $$$
  • Play games and meet new friends
  • Transportation and food provided
  • Meet and work with powerful and dynamic youth from across Chicago
  • Explore your local community AND other neighborhoods across the city
  • Take action to address violence in your own community

TO APPLY: Please complete the application below NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, May 25th at 5:00pm.

Questions? Please email Quabeeny Daniels at or call 312.863.6388

Note: Mikva Challenge seeks to provide a supportive and affirming environment for all students.
Anyone with questions or concerns about any necessary accommodations is encouraged to contact
Meghan at 312.863.6358 or


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


teachers participate in Mikva Challenge programs across the country.


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


Mikva students serve as election judges each election cycle


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


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

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