CPS Students Take Action on Crucial Issues In their Community

May 13, 2015                                                                                                             Contact Maliha Sadiq
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CPS Students Take Action on Crucial Issues In their Community

350 teen problem-solvers from 67 schools gather to present solutions to Chicago’s toughest issues

CHICAGO, IL, May 13, 2015 – Police-youth relations are at an all-time low, youth violence continues to make headlines, and young people are dealing with inordinate amounts of stress. There has never been a better time to pay attention to youth-generated solutions to issues facing Chicago teens and neighborhoods. Over 350 young people from over 60 schools will present their solutions to the issues of teen violence, police-youth relations, student stress, nutrition, climate change and youth involvement in local politics- to name a few. They will exhibit their work at Mikva Challenge’s 13th Annual Action Civics Showcase to share their activism with peers and the greater Chicago community.

Here’s a glimpse into some of the projects and schools on display at the showcase and a storify of last year’s event.

WHEN: Tuesday May 19th from 4:00 to 6:00pm

WHERE: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL, 60602

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Named after Abner and Zoe Mikva, Mikva Challenge is a non-partisan, nonprofit that trains the next generation of community leaders to take action now.



Posted on May 13, 2015 in Mikva News

Maliha Sadiq
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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


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


teachers participate in Mikva Challenge programs across the country.


Mikva students serve as election judges each election cycle


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


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

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