Democracy is a verb.

 

Mission & Vision

Mikva Challenge is a non-partisan, not for profit founded on the premise that youth voice and participation matter, and that our civic and political life will be stronger when youth participate and help shape their own destinies.

Mission

Mikva Challenge develops youth to be empowered, informed, and active citizens who will promote a just and equitable society.

Vision

Mikva Challenge envisions a stronger, inclusive democracy that values youth voice.

Our Values: We believe
  • By intentionally reaching out to under-resourced communities and schools, we create opportunities for youth to elevate the issues that are important to them and their community.

  • Policymakers make better decisions when youth voice is included in decision-making. 

  • Community involvement is an essential experience for young people to have a voice in their future.

  • By remaining non-partisan, we make space for young people to form their own opinions and choose the candidates and issues they want to support.

 

69%

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

9,506

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

450+

teachers participate in Mikva Challenge programs across the country.

1,684

students campaigned during the 2015-16 Election Season

2,000+

Mikva students serve as election judges each election cycle

88%

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

66%

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

6,900

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

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