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Recent Media Hits

2019 Media Hits:

Chicago Tribune: From the community: Mikva Challenge and Allstate Insurance Company Launch the Allstate Sponsored Youth Program Officers Initiative
CBS Chicago: High School Students Encouraged To Find Their Voices Through Civic Engagement Non-Profit
Chalkbeat: Looking at low voter turnout, some Chicago youth wonder if civics and outreach would help

2018 Media Hits:

WTTW: JB Pritzker Fields Questions from High School Students
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


students campaigned during the 2015-16 Election Season


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


of Mikva alumni continue to volunteer in their communities, vs. only 36% 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 encourage their friends and family to be politically engaged, vs. only 35% of 18-29 yr. olds nationwide

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