Democracy is a verb.


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


teachers participate in Mikva Challenge programs across the country.


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


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


students campaigned during the 2015-16 Election Season


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


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


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

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