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Our Mission at Mikva Challenge is to develop youth to be empowered, informed, and active citizens who will promote a just and equitable society.
Our Vision at Mikva Challenge is envisioning a stronger, inclusive democracy that values youth voice.
Mikva Challenge was founded in 1997 as a tribute to former White House Counsel, Judge and U.S. Congressman Abner Mikva and his wife Zoe, a teacher and lifelong education activist. We began as a small pilot program with an all-volunteer staff running an electoral engagement project in four schools. Today, with three chapters in California, Illinois, and Washington, DC; and partnership initiatives across the country, Mikva Challenge annually reaches 15,000 youth with high-quality Action Civics curriculum and programming. We help young people develop civic knowledge, leadership skills, and transform their attitudes about political participation with lifelong impacts on their professional and personal success.