Welcome to the second installment of the Mikva Challenge Youth Voice Campaign, a weekly email designed to elevate youth voice in a time of crisis. 

This week, you’ll hear from our Chicago Youth Response Team about the myriad of issues that they and their peers are facing during the COVID-19 outbreak – ranging from the loss of their family’s income, to healthcare challenges, and making the transition to distance learning.

"We want to contribute to the future of our country.... Our voice should matter because we’ve experienced things and we want to share our experiences." -Youth Advisory Council Member

About Mikva’s Chicago Youth Response Team:

Our youth-led advisory councils remove barriers to help youth participate in the formation, implementation, and evaluation of public policy while also providing critical youth employment and income. The Chicago Youth Response Team taps into Mikva’s expertise and allows youth to be not only youth-leaders and change-makers, but provides them with the skills and networks to be digital thought-leaders and advocates on the front lines.

Mikva's Response Team will:

Amplify youth voices, experiences, ideas and concerns via social media platforms during this global crisis

Bring youth voices into the national policy discussion by sharing the stories and ideas of young people with decision makers, elected officials and the media in ways that support youth, their families and their communities 

Create content that is inventive and interactive to spark sharing, spread information, engage on critical issues facing their communities, and build teen-friendly spaces for public good

Equip youth with the skills, tools, and access to mobilize and disseminate a response to the COVID-19 crisis   

Inspire other youth to be actively involved as civic leaders, storytellers and advocates

We need your commitment more than ever. Please donate now or sponsor our event to ensure that we can continue to support youth voice and agency at this critical moment.

Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, all gifts from new donors will be matched-dollar-for-dollar. If you already support Mikva Challenge, your increased gift amount will generously be matched.


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