Mikva Challenge DC
Mikva Challenge DC develops youth to be empowered, informed, and active citizens who will promote a just and equitable society. We were founded on the premise that our civic and political life will be stronger when we listen to young people, invite them into our civic conversations and give them the tools to shape their own destinies.
The results for young people are transformative – greater confidence, motivation to serve one’s community, improvements in academic and social lives, and the development of active, thoughtful citizens and leaders.
At Mikva DC, we know that Democracy is a Verb. Can you support the next generation of civic leaders and change agents? Together, we can transform our community.
Democracy starts with you.
Using Mikva Challenge’s Issues to Action (ITA) curriculum, local teachers implement a curriculum that empowers students with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to be “superstar citizens.” At the core is the idea that students explore their communities from an asset based perspective, identify issues that are important to them and their community, research the issue, analyze power, and ultimately develop an action plan and take action. We train teachers in this curriculum, provide ongoing classroom support, and host city-wide events that gather all participating students to showcase their efforts.
Youth in this program:
• SPEAK OUT about issues affecting them, their schools’ and communities
• ADVOCATE for change in their schools and communities
• COLLABORATE with young people from different backgrounds
• RESEARCH an issue and set a goal
• DEVELOP an action plan to affect change