Democracy is a verb.


By The Numbers

By empowering youth to become engaged and active citizens, Mikva is strengthening our democracy today. Through surveys, interviews, and focus groups, we assess our impact on youth and our success in meeting our four core organizational goals.

Provide youth with authentic and transformative democratic experiences

  • 15,000 Students nationwide participate in Mikva programs each year
  • 2,000+ Students serve as election judges each election cycle
  • 72% Of students interning in offices of elected officials reported they want to be involved in politics in the future, with 69% reporting they would consider working in government
Develop agency and future commitment to civic action

  • 83% Of Mikva Summer Fellows report intention to contact and interact with their elected officials in the future
  • 91% Of Mikva youth participants reported improved ability to analyze political issues and candidates’ stances on issues (vs. 46% before)
  • 86% Of students in our Democracy in Action program believe it is their responsibility to get involved to make things better for society – vs. 38% before the program.
Provide youth with skills and knowledge to be effective citizens

  • 93% Of students from our Democracy in Action program report they can work with their peers to solve issues – vs. only 56% before the program
  • 84% Of teachers in Mikva programs reported that using Mikva curricula led to their students increasing their civic knowledge
  • 89% Of students participating in our Electoral Engagement programs now understand how a primary election works – vs. only 27% before
Increase exposure, demand, and access to action civics

  • 707707 teachers received professional development in the principles of Action Civics to increase student engagement in the classroom
  • 97%Of teachers in Mikva programs reported that using Mikva curricula led to their students increasing their civic knowledge
  • Growth in the number of schools served in Washington, DC since the pilot year 200%


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


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


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

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