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Youth Safety Advisory Council

The Youth Safety Advisory Council’s mission is to build a network of youth input that informs the Chicago Police Department on building positive relations with youth in the city of Chicago.

In partnership with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) Mikva Challenge launched a Youth Safety Advisory Council (YSAC) to work towards the goal of increasing positive interactions between police and Chicago youth. The Council is composed of 20 youth from high schools across the city who research, explore, draft and present recommendations and youth input to Deputy Officer Kevin Navarro, Special Advisor Robin Robinson, and Officer Vanessa Westley.

Notable Achievements
  • Developed a comprehensive list of recommendations targeted to improve youth-police relations in schools and communities.
  • Students also developed a proposal for CPD to initiative a Mental Health Campaign that can help reduce the stigma for officers seeking help after traumatic incidents.
  • Rolled out a district-wide survey to help improve relations between students and security guards.
  • Initiated conversations between youth and police officers in a few different schools to provide both youth and police officers an opportunity to hear the others perspective.


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


teachers participate in Mikva Challenge programs across the country.


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


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


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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