Mikva Challenge DC

Mikva Challenge DC Mikva Challenge DC provides opportunities for young people to engage in action civics and community problem solving, and seeks to increase youth voice
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Mikva Challenge DC is local chapter of Mikva Challenge, a nonpartisan 501(c)3 organization that prioritizes the development of civic leadership in underserved DC high school youth. Mikva Challenge was founded in 1997 in Chicago as a tribute to former White House Counsel, Judge and U.S. Congressman Abner Mikva and his wife Zoe, a lifelong education activist. After years of successful operation in Chicago, local students and teachers organized to bring Mikva Challenge's unique action civic programming to DC. Mikva Challenge DC was was established as an official chapter in 2015. We help low-income DC youth become meaningful actors in politics and, by doing so, we honor the Mikvas’ decades of inspiring young adults to embark on careers in public service and politics. Through the Mikva process, young people connect with peers, adults and political issues, strategize about how to win their issue or campaign and take action to become real political participants. These youth tell us that they feel they have a “voice” now and report having a greater desire to vote, campaign, organize, lobby, and even run for office. Perhaps most importantly, these Mikva youth now believe that DC is their city and that they have the power, knowledge and skills to make it a more just and equitable place – both now and in the future.

We're sharing our first-ever call for youth art submissions! We want to see a visual piece of art that shows what a just...
04/01/2021

We're sharing our first-ever call for youth art submissions! We want to see a visual piece of art that shows what a just and equitable democracy looks like or means to you.

See flyer for additional details.

We invite young people to apply to the Mikva DC Summer Fellowship through the MBSYEP program. Please check out the flyer...
04/01/2021

We invite young people to apply to the Mikva DC Summer Fellowship through the MBSYEP program. Please check out the flyer for details and share with youth who may be interested!

Apply here: https://forms.gle/zbJ5jHN283FfqNKX7

Last week our EIA youth leaders met with expert specialists that focus on addressing housing insecurity and safety. The ...
03/25/2021

Last week our EIA youth leaders met with expert specialists that focus on addressing housing insecurity and safety. The students used the information they received to help advocate & organize around these issues as they create their Youth Budget for DC.

#YouthReshapingDemocracy

Our EIA youth leaders have continued to work on their Youth Budget project for DC. Last week they invited our ED & Devel...
03/16/2021

Our EIA youth leaders have continued to work on their Youth Budget project for DC. Last week they invited our ED & Development Manager to present a mock pitch on the 3 issues they'd like to see prioritized in the DC budget. Stay tuned to see their progress.

#YouthPriorites #YouthReshapingDemocracy

We asked young people what they want city leaders to know about reopening schools, here are some of their answers. We'll...
03/04/2021

We asked young people what they want city leaders to know about reopening schools, here are some of their answers.

We'll continue sharing more responses as they come in.

#YouthPriorities #YouthReshapingDemocracy

Students from E.L. Haynes Public Charter School have been working with The Capital Experience Lab using Mikva’s Issues t...
02/26/2021

Students from E.L. Haynes Public Charter School have been working with The Capital Experience Lab using Mikva’s Issues to Action curriculum. This week they’ve been learning about city budgets & what decision-makers have to consider when budgets are created.

#YouthPriorities #YouthReshapingDemocracy

Calling all youth changemakers! Join young people from around the country at this event focused on the how-to's of youth...
02/25/2021
Issues to Action Kickoff

Calling all youth changemakers! Join young people from around the country at this event focused on the how-to's of youth-led community action. You'll gain tools and strategies for designing your own community action project, and hear directly from a panel of young people who have completed powerful projects in the past. Whether you have taken community action before, or are just starting to think about getting involved, all middle and high school students are welcome.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/139542093157

Join young people from around the country at this event focused on the how-to's of youth-led community action.

Just last week our EIA students had an informative conversation with Kerry from PAVE about the advocacy process in DC. T...
02/23/2021

Just last week our EIA students had an informative conversation with Kerry from PAVE about the advocacy process in DC. They walked away with a renewed sense of power and responsibility to participate and hold our elected officials accountable.

#YouthReshapingDemocracy

We asked young people what they want city leaders to know about reopening schools, here are some of their answers. We'll...
02/19/2021

We asked young people what they want city leaders to know about reopening schools, here are some of their answers.

We'll be sharing more responses as they come in.

#YouthPriorities #YouthReshapingDemocracy

02/19/2021
Mikva Challenge

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“Civics is creating a foundation for the next generation. We get to learn what we value most. It’s about keeping our democracy intact. The future? It’s going to be in the hands of young people.” - Delonta, Mikva Challenge DC Alum

02/18/2021
Mikva Challenge

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Taylor has a few important issues on her mind, and she wants the new administration to pay attention: police brutality, climate change, and covid safety measures. #YouthPriorities #YouthReshapingDemocracy

02/18/2021
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Mikva Challenge

Kara is a 10th grader who's concerned about COVIC-19. She's advocating for the new president and VP to prioritize addressing the pandemic. What issue do you most want to see addressed? Take the #YouthPriorities challenge and make your own video! #YouthReshapingDemocracy

Recently our Elections in Actions youth leaders had the honor of meeting with Wade Henderson to discuss the evolution of...
02/17/2021

Recently our Elections in Actions youth leaders had the honor of meeting with Wade Henderson to discuss the evolution of civil rights activism and struggles over the decades. He also shared advice for young activists.

#YouthPriorities #YouthReshapingDemocracy

Attention DC students! What do YOU want city leaders to know about reopening schools & digital learning? Please share yo...
02/11/2021

Attention DC students! What do YOU want city leaders to know about reopening schools & digital learning? Please share your thoughts in 200 words or less via this form (https://forms.gle/CgpEMBKsghF6J34p7) and we'll share some out as a part of our #YouthPriorities campaign!

Our ElA fellows have been reflecting on their communities and identifying community issues in need of more funding and a...
02/10/2021

Our ElA fellows have been reflecting on their communities and identifying community issues in need of more funding and attention in DC. Just last week they met with Deputy CFO, Eric Cannady to learn about DC's budget process to help inform their work.

#YouthPriorities #youthreshapingdemocracy

02/09/2021
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Edward is speaking up about the issue he most wants the new administration to address: masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. #YouthPriorities #YouthReshapingDemocracy

02/09/2021
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"It is important that you prioritize quality education for the future leaders of America." -- Lauryn, a 10th grade student in Chicago, IL, speaking to our new president and vice president. #YouthPriorities #YouthReshapingDemocracy

We are so proud of our Elections in Action leaders who have been working since the fall on creating a Youth Values Budge...
02/03/2021

We are so proud of our Elections in Action leaders who have been working since the fall on creating a Youth Values Budget for DC. Shoutout to each young person who shows up to virtual meetings week after week to contribute to this project! We look forward to sharing their work!

02/03/2021
Announcement!

Mikva DC is so excited to be partnering with you on empowering our students to be powerful changemakers in their communities and in their own lives as well. As our EIA Fellows work to build their "Youth Values Budget" and bring their advocacy to the city's budget process this year, they will now have the chance to build their own savings accounts and personal budgets thanks to your generous support!

02/02/2021
DonnayB_Access to Healthcare_Washington,DC

Donnay is a high school student D.C., and she'd like to see the new administration prioritize healthcare during the first 100 days. Listen to her call to action here: https://vimeo.com/502424657

#YouthPriorities #YouthReshapingDemocracy

This is "DonnayB_Access to Healthcare_Washington,DC" by Mikva Challenge on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

01/27/2021
Anne_Mental Health_Washington, DC

Anne of Washington D.C. would like the new administration to prioritize mental health, and provide resources and access to mental health care services for individuals. #YouthPriorities #YouthShapingDemocracy

https://vimeo.com/503209812

This is "Anne_Mental Health_Washington, DC" by Mikva Challenge on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Please join the OAG @AGKarlRacine in encouraging our youth to participate in the Do the Write Thing Challenge and help u...
01/25/2021
Do the Write Thing Challenge 2021 | Attorney General Karl A. Racine

Please join the OAG
@AGKarlRacine in encouraging our youth to participate in the Do the Write Thing Challenge and help us elevate their ideas to end violence and make the District safer.

Enter the essay writing contest here: https://oag.dc.gov/about-oag/do-write-thing-challenge-2021

OAG OPERATING STATUS: OAG is teleworking until further notice. Click to visit our COVID-19 Information Page to access virtual events and resources during the pandemic.

01/25/2021
Mikva Challenge

As part of Mikva's #YouthPriorities Challenge, young people nationwide are speaking out about what issue they want President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to prioritize in the first 100 days of the new administration and Congress. #YouthReshapingDemocracy

More at: https://mikvachallenge.org/our-work/youth-voices/

As part of Mikva's #YouthPriorities Challenge, young people nationwide are speaking out about what issue they want President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to prioritize in the first 100 days of the new administration and Congress. #YouthReshapingDemocracy

More at: https://mikvachallenge.org/our-work/youth-voices/

01/25/2021
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Kiyaari, a 12th grade student from DC, speaks up about the issue she most wants the new administration to address in the first 100 days. #YouthPriorities

Kiyaari, a 12th grade student from DC, speaks up about the issue she most wants the new administration to address in the first 100 days. #YouthPriorities

Following Inauguration Day we're reflecting on the work our students have done to contribute to our democracy, from vote...
01/22/2021

Following Inauguration Day we're reflecting on the work our students have done to contribute to our democracy, from voter registration to serving as poll workers, to canvassing in communities. We’ve seen historic voter turnout for youth & today we lift up the youth in our nation!

We want to take a moment to highlight our youth leader Jordyn. She's been involved in our programming for 3 years now. S...
01/13/2021

We want to take a moment to highlight our youth leader Jordyn. She's been involved in our programming for 3 years now. She's given passionate soapbox speeches, worked as a fellow for local elected officials, served as a leader on our Elections in Action program, and so much more.

Jordyn has also recently been confirmed as a
The Posse Foundation scholar. Congratulations are in order for this phenomenal youth leader!

Young people: make your voice heard about the issue you want to see the new President & VP prioritize as they begin thei...
01/13/2021

Young people: make your voice heard about the issue you want to see the new President & VP prioritize as they begin their new term. Make a video & tag #YouthPriorities
@MikvaChallengedc to join the chorus of youth advocating for what they want to see from our new leadership.

Responses should follow this format:

“Dear Mr. President and Madame Vice President: Young people need you to prioritize ________ because ________.”

Teachers are so often working as the backbone of our democracy -- helping young people process events in real-time.  We ...
01/11/2021
D.C. Educators Reflect on Teaching About Capitol Insurrection - WCP

Teachers are so often working as the backbone of our democracy -- helping young people process events in real-time. We celebrate all the powerful educators mentioned in this Washington City Paper piece, and appreciate our own Scott Goldstein for his work on the Attack on the Capitol lesson.

https://washingtoncitypaper.com/article/505374/d-c-educators-reflect-on-teaching-about-capitol-insurrection/

A day after the Capitol insurrection, D.C. educators had to figure out methods of teaching students about the events while balancing their own emotions.

12/24/2020
Duane Hunter - Black Excellence - Washington, DC

On our final day of celebrating youth voice, we celebrate with a speech from Duane. Duane is a student at Thurgood Marshall Academy who speaks about Black excellence and identity. Lend your ear to Duane here: https://vimeo.com/481873044

#11daysofyouthvoice #projectsoapbox2020

Student Name: Duane Hunter School: Thurgood Marshall Academy Grade: 12th Issue Area: Black Excellence

12/22/2020
Kendra Lowery - Mental Health and Suicide - Washington, DC

We share the voice of Kendra from Thurgood Marshall Academy, on day 3 of celebrating youth voice. Kendra speaks about the topic of mental health and why it’s so important to prioritize. Listen to Kendra here: https://vimeo.com/481796558

#11dayofyouthvoice #projectsoapbox2020

Student Name: Kendra Lowery School: Thurgood Marshall Academy Grade: 12th Issue Area: Mental Health and Suicide

12/20/2020
Brandon Clarke - Drug Abuse - Washington, DC

Listen to Brandon of Banneker HS on day 5 of celebrating youth voice. His speech on drug abuse was heartfelt and inspiring. Lend an ear here: https://vimeo.com/481872165

#11daysofyouthvoice #projectsoapbox2020

Student Name: Brandon Clarke School: Benjamin Banneker Academic High School Grade: 12th Issue Area: Drug Abuse

12/19/2020
Mya Barnhart - Harassment and Abuse - Washington, DC

It's Day 6 of celebrating youth voice. Mya of Thurgood Marshall Academy uses her voice and power to speak on Harassment and Abuse. Listen to her powerful speech here: https://vimeo.com/481873069

#11daysofyouthvoice #projectsoapbox2020

Student Name: Mya Barnhart School: Thurgood Marshall Academy Grade: 12th Issue Area: Harassment and Abuse

12/18/2020
Lena Gonzales - Gun Violence - Washington, DC

And on the 7th day of celebrating youth voice, we hear from Lena Gonzales of @BallouDC. She gave a powerful speech on gun violence, an issue that plagues our city far too often.
Listen here: https://vimeo.com/481755997
#11daysofyouthvoice #projectsoapbox2020

Student Name: Lena Gonzales School: Ballou Senior High School Grade: 9th Issue Area: Gun Violence

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