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JC Strzalka-Steil is our alum of the month!

Tell us about your Mikva Challenge experience.   Participating in Mikva Challenge was a life-changing experience. I was interested in politics from a young age, and Mikva provided me with opportunities through the Elections in Action program to build on…

Posted on November 8, 2017 in Mikva Alumni

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Khiry Johnson is our alum of the month!

Khiry Johnson joined Mikva Challenge as a student at Prosser Career Academy on the west side of Chicago. He was part of Mikva’s Education Council where along with his Council peers he advised then CEO of Chicago Public Schools, Arne…

Posted on October 2, 2017 in Mikva Alumni

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An interview with Jaclyn Jacunski

An interview with the artist Jaclyn Jacunski, whose work is on display at the Weinberg/Newton Gallery by Jacob Naszke Jacob Naszke: I’m one of the youth curators of Weinberg/Newton Gallery’s current show, Bold Disobedience. The gallery will showcase my conversations with…

Posted on September 7, 2017 in Mikva News

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Mikva students serve as election judges each election cycle


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


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


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


Chicagoland teachers participate in Mikva Challenge programs


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

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