Democracy is a verb.


Mikva Summer Fellows Program

Mikva Summer Fellows are truly inspiring. They have a passion for learning and a desire to succeed. This experience has made us all better people.
– Supervisor, aldermanic host office

The Mikva Summer Fellows program provides the opportunity for students to participate in paid internships in the offices of local, state, and federal elected officials. Participating students also attend a weekly workshop with Mikva Challenge staff and other interns to debrief their internship experiences, develop leadership skills, and learn about how government works.

Youth in this program:
  • INTERACT with constituents
  • LEARN what elected officials can do for communities and how to do it
  • COMMUNICATE with constituents and co-workers in a variety of settings
  • DEVELOP professional and 21st century skills
Noteworthy Achievements:
  • 95% of student participants report increased confidence in working and communicating with others in a professional setting.
  • 100% of host offices have committed to hosting and mentoring Mikva interns in the future.
  • 10 elected officials participated in round table discussions with Mikva interns to discuss how to improve communication between Chicago youth and elected officials.

This experience has taught me so much more about networking, politics, and being a youth activist. I’ve been responsible and I’m more committed to my neighborhood. We’re ALL leaders in our own way and this is OUR world.
– Mikva Intern, Summer 2014


teachers participate in Mikva Challenge programs across the country.


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


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 encourage their friends and family to be politically engaged, vs. only 35% of 18-29 yr. olds nationwide


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


students campaigned during the 2015-16 Election Season


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

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