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Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Center for Action Civics Bulletin: 10/1/13
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Mikva Challenge's
Center for Action Civics Bulletin
Mikva Teachers & Students at Work
  • Project Soapbox Underway! Recruitment is officially underway for Chicago high school teachers/staff interested in helping their students participate this fall in Mikva's 6th Annual Project Soapbox - the public speaking competition in which students prepare and deliver 2 minute speeches to answer the question 'What is the most important issue in my community?' Click here to learn more about how to participate!
Current Events for the Classroom
  • Students Speak Out on Education In honor of American Graduate Day last weekend, the PBS News Hour's Student Reporting Labs decided to ask students around the country what they believe the most pressing issues in education are. Click here to see what they had to say.
  • Government Shutdown Q & A Looking for a quick summary of the issues at hand in this morning's government shut down? Click here for a relatively student-friendly article from Sunday's NYTimes that takes the issue apart using a question/answer format (and includes links to more details for readers who are interested). 
Lessons & Resources
  • Why News Matters Looking for great curricular resources and programs to teach critical media literacy skills? Why News Matters is a new grantmaking program at the McCormick Foundation designed to enhance new literacy skills and programs in Chicago over the next three years. Click here to explore the programs and resources they have to offer.  
  • Student Voice Committee Curriculum Mikva Challenge has a new action civics curriculum! School staff looking to facilitate a youth advisory group that collaborates with school administrators to improve school culture and address school-based issues should click here for both a table of contents and information about how to order a copy.
  • Mikva Challenge Peace Action Grants Now Available This project aims to provide youth groups in the city of Chicago with up to $2000 to lead peace projects in their schools or communities.  Youth groups can apply for this grant as part of a school or organization or on their own.  Grants will be disbursed monthly (to applicants selected by Mikva Challenge Alumni) in amounts ranging from $250-$2000. To be eligible for the first round of grant funding, applications must be submitted by September 30th. Click here for more information or to download an application.
  • Mikva Challenge Action Civics Curricula Teachers interested in helping their students take on an action project this year to address an issue facing their own community can click here to learn more about (and see sample lessons from) both of Mikva's classroom activism curricula: Issues to Action and Democracy in Action.
  • Opportunities for Students Looking for essay contests, scholarship applications, and college/career readiness programs to share with your students? We're on the case. Click here to access our growing collection of opportunities.
Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Click on any of the events below for more information and to find out how to register.   

 Program Announcements & Updates

The 2013-14 Mikva Program Application is now available! 

(One application for all programs: Project Soapbox, Issues to Action, Campaigns and Student Judges)  


Chicago teachers: If you know already that you are interested in participating in any of Mikva's teacher-based programs this year but have yet to apply, click here to download the application. Email completed applications to or send/deliver them to the Mikva office (332 S. Michigan Ave, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60604).


Thanks to all teachers who were able to make last week's program orientation! For those who were not, we will be in touch soon to get you the proper paperwork.


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Current Events for the Classroom
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