Democracy is a verb.



Mikva Challenge has developed a strategy to replicate its unique and high-impact action civics work on a national scale.

What is driving our replication strategy is three-fold: the increasing demand for civic engagement opportunities for youth in cities with large low-income populations, a movement by educators and policymakers nationally to reinvigorate civic learning in public schools, and the urgent need to address the cynicism of young people who feel powerless to impact government.

We identified Los Angeles, California and Washington, D.C. as best suited to replicate Mikva programs in our first phase. In both cities, we’re working with teachers and schools to implement our action civics curricula that involve young people in authentic democratic experiences to increase youth civic participation and close the civic achievement gap.

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Read more on Mikva’s action civics model here.









In “No Citizen Left Behind” Dr. Meira Levinson cites Mikva Challenge’s youth civic engagement work as “the gold standard for guided experiential civic education.”

“Research has shown that students who have the opportunity of participating in programs like the Mikva Challenge develop a commitment for life-long, informed civic engagement. The Mikva Challenge and the Mikva Action Civics network are among the very best civic learning programs in the nation. Every student should have an opportunity to participate in the Mikva Challenge programs,” said Ted McConnell, the Executive Director of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools.


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


Chicagoland teachers participate in Mikva Challenge programs


of Mikva alumni continue to volunteer in their communities, vs. only 36% 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


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


Mikva students serve as election judges each election cycle


students campaigned during the 2015-16 Election Season

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