Welcome to the second installment of the Mikva ChallengeYouth 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 concernsvia social media platforms during this global crisis
Bring youth voices into the national policy discussionby 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 accessto mobilize and disseminate a response to the COVID-19 crisis
Inspire other youth to be actively involvedas civic leaders, storytellers and advocates