Mikva Challenge DC develops the next generation of civic leaders, civil servants, and community organizers by empowering young people to drive real change in their lives. At 25 middle and high schools across the city, students engage in hands-on problem solving: classes select, research, and analyze a community issue, develop civic action strategies, and take concrete steps to affect policy. Mikva trains teachers in the curriculum, provides classroom coaching, and hosts citywide “challenges” where students showcase their ideas before community judges. During election season, young people raise their voices in local and national politics – discussing political debates, registering voters, working the polls, and even hosting public forums about key youth issues. Select participants become summer fellows, exploring future careers while interning with DC’s elected and appointed officials.Young people care deeply about our world. Let’s give them the tools to change it.