A New Name for a New Chapter: Action Civics CA!

A letter from Sheila McMullin, Action Civics CA Director

In this last year, our work in California has grown to serve over 2,000 young people and train nearly 200 educators across the state.

This 2018-19 school year, we are increasing our impact to support 10 new schools, 7 of which are a part of a new collaboration with Anaheim Union School District to provide greater youth civic involvement opportunities throughout the city.

And so, to better represent the growing population we serve and our educator-fueled movement building power, we are changing our name and are, officially, ACTION CIVICS CA!

You made this possible. Thank you for your dedication to developing youth to be empowered, informed, and active citizens and community leaders who will promote a just and equitable society. Your gift of time, resources, and knowledge has inspired youth to be leaders and take action in their communities, and truly make action civics a nationwide movement. Here are some more ways your support has made a difference:

You helped Alyssa find the power of her voice to inspire change.

“My senior project was to make a speech about something we’re passionate about and I chose my life story.”

Alyssa was one of this year’s Soapbox Nation speech winners! She flew from California to Washington DC to perform her winning speech on the Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center with other students from around the country. Her speech focused on her experiences as a foster care youth and the impacts and issues she faced within the system. After she gave her speech in front of her school, she shared with us how the community around her seemed to shift and she immediately felt less alone. Her peers came up to her, thanking her for sharing, and sometimes acknowledging that they had not always treated her so well. She even received praise from customers at her job saying they watched her speech online! Alyssa is on her way to college this month and looking forward to studying and beginning this next chapter of her education.

You gave young people the chance to connect with local leaders and take informed action on community issues.

We hosted four county-wide Action Civics events this year, including two Project Soapbox competitions and two Action Civics Showcases. Los Angeles Councilmember Ryu sponsored our Showcase for 100 of our Los Angeles youth at City Hall. In partnership with Los Angeles County Office of Education we brought 75 of our Orange County youth to the Nixon Library to represent their community action projects. Civic leaders and community judges from tech, non-profit, education, business, and philanthropic fields all joined to support our young people in making positive impacts within their communities, tackling issues from immigration reform, youth homelessness, gun control, educational inequities, on-campus recycling and water filtration programs, and mental health.

Your continued support will help us reach more young people like Alyssa and their educators throughout California. We will have many upcoming events and opportunities to work with our young people directly as they become community advocates and leaders—we hope you’ll join us. Thank you for your commitment to strengthening our democracy by empowering youth voice and civic action!

Help us spread the exciting news on social media @ActionCivicsCA!

Action Civics CA, the California chapter of Mikva Challenge, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit that develops youth to be empowered, informed, and active citizens who will promote a just and equitable society.


Posted on August 16, 2018 in Action Civics CA, Mikva News

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students campaigned during the 2015-16 Election Season


of Mikva alumni continue to volunteer in their communities, vs. only 36% 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


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


Mikva students serve as election judges each election cycle


teachers participate in Mikva Challenge programs across the country.


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

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