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Mikva Challenge - College Connections

  • Mikva Challenge - College Connections
  • 200 S. Michigan Ave.
    Ste. 1000
  • Chicago, IL 60604
  • (312) 863-6340
  • 1997

Program Description

Mikva Challenge was founded on the premise that youth voice and participation matter, and that our civic and political life will be stronger when youth participate and help shape their own destinies. We envision a stronger, inclusive democracy that values youth voice. We believe that by inviting youth to take part in real-life democratic activities, we are preparing them to be informed citizens and leaders.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring

Demographics

Race & Ethnicity

  • American Indian or Native Alaskan: 0%
  • White: 5%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 5%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 40%
  • African American: 50%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 7000
  • Middle School: 800
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 100

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing

First-Generation

  • Between 50% and 75%

Representative
Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Saint Xavier University
  • Vanderbilt University