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Recent Media Hits

2018 Media Hits:

Chicago Sun Times: ‘Whose voice? Youth voice!’: Crowd gets on ‘soapbox’ to speak on social issues
NBC 5 / Telemundo Chicago: 2018 ‘Project Innovation’ Grant Challenge Winners AnnouncedNBC 5 spot and Telemundo spot
WBBM: Newsmakers Making a Difference: Michelle Morals, Mikva Challenge
WTTW: 2018 Governor’s Race: Democratic Candidates Face High School Students
WGN: MLK Day celebrations call for public service, challenge divisive political climate

2017 Media Hits:

WTTW: Chicago Teens Working Polling Sites Get Front-Row Seat on Election Day
North Lawndale News: Chicago teens ‘Take up the Baton’
Chicago SunTimes: Students step up to ‘Soapbox’ in Millennium Park
Chicago Tribune: More than 1,600 Chicago high schoolers witnessing history as election judges
ABC 7 News: Students to give Trump advice during Mikva citywide speech competition
Chicago Tribune: Teens talk about gangs, racism and more at Aurora event
DNAInfo Chicago: Chicago Students Push #ChangeTheStory Campaign To Show City’s ‘Better Side
Chicago Sun-Times: Brown: Student Judges to Hold their Own on Election Day
Chicago Tribune: More than 1,600 Chicago High Schoolers Witnessing History as Election Judges
WTTW: Chicago Teens Working Polling Sites Get Front Row Seat on Election Day
Chicago Tribune: Educators struggle to teach election lessons amid charged presidential race
Evanston Patch: Evanston Post Office Will be Renamed for Abner Mikva
Chicago Tribune: Candidates seek volunteer support as well as votes
Chicago Tribune: Waukegan High Students Take the Lead at 10th District Candidate Forum
Chicago Tribune: Cook County to Vote on Sugary Drink Tax

2016 Media Hits:

Chicago Tribune:Chicago students find bathrooms disgusting, so they get to work
ABC 7: Chicago Students Aim to Improve Relationship with Cops on Basket Ball Court
Chicago Tribune: ‘Man up’ and ‘girly shoes’ on these middle schoolers’ minds
Lawndale News: On The Table Brings Change
Chicago Tribune: CPS updates guidelines for transgender students and employees High-schoolers challenge status quo with Project Soapbox competition
WTTW: Chicago Students Discuss Violence, Safety as Part of Mikva Challenge
ABC News: Mikva Challenge Students Arrive in Iowa
Chicago Tribune: In election year, teachers tackle politics in class
DNAInfo: Over 400 CPS Kids Discuss City Issues, Meet With Adult ‘Decision-Makers’

2015 Media Hits

WGN-TV: ‘Chicago Wears Condoms’ campaign launched today on World Aids Day
Chicago Tribune: Chicago (and its skyscrapers) wear condoms, thanks to new campaign
Chicago Tribune: West Aurora Student Takes 1st Place in Project Soapbox Competition
DNAInfo: After Peers Get Pregnant, South Side Teen Joins Sex Ed Movement
Medal of Freedom Recipient to speak at Lincoln Library
WGN-TV: Former gang member finds success, strength in politics
DNA Info: High School Students Propose Big Ideas at Mikva Action Civics Showcase
WBEZ: CPS students take action
Chicago Sun-Times: Teens learn value of voting and politics one door knock at a time
DNAInfo: Videos Take on Police Brutality, Guns in Hip Hop Project


teachers participate in Mikva Challenge programs across the country.


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


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


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


Mikva students serve as election judges each election cycle


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

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