Mikva Challenge

Civics Course Service Learning Student Voice

Grade Levels: 6-12

Mikva Challenge offers teachers curricula, professional development workshops, student events, and other classroom supports designed to help youth become empowered, informed, and active citizens who will promote a just and equitable society.

Teachers can participate in any combination of three program areas:
- Project Soapbox (a public speaking curriculum)
- Issues to Action (identify an issue, examine root causes & take action)
- Elections in Action (youth take electoral action such as serving as Student Election Judges, campaigning for candidates, and/or hosting events ranging from voter education drives to candidate forums)

Learn about Mikva's programming in Illinois: https://mikvachallenge.org/locations/illinois/

  • Professional Development
  • Curricular enrichment provider
  • Experiential Learning (Classroom)
Powerful Practices
  • Informed Action/Experiential Learning
  • Relevant/ Authentic Content
  • Examine Who We Are
Social Science Core Areas
  • Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Education
  • Powerful Practices
  • Inquiry-Driven
Mikva Challenge



200 S. Michigan
Chicago IL, IL


Carla Rubalcava
Managing Director of IL Programs

Meghan Goldstein
Senior Program Director

Vernee Green
Chief Executive Officer