BENEFITING: MIKVA CHALLENGE GRANT FOUNDATION INC
ORGANIZER: MIKVA CHALLENGE GRANT FOUNDATION INC
EVENT: 2015 Shamrock Shuffle 8K
My name is Mike and I have the fortunate pleasure of running the 2015 Chicago Shamrock Shuffle for an amazing organization, Mikva Challenge. Mikva’s goal is simple: promoting civic engagement among Chicago’s young people. To accomplish this, Mikva has crafted and refined the term “Action Civics,” which encompasses policy-making, advocacy, volunteering for elections and actively participating in the decision-making process to provide youth with the opportunity to have their voices heard…
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In 2009, I became an active Mikva student and for the last 6 years I have seen my life dramatically change for the better. When I was a sophomore in high school I struggled academically, I was socially inept, extremely quiet and had virtually no will to pursue something productive. However, my initial immersion in this organization radically changed my perspective on life and instilled in me a set of values that have continued to shape my person to this very day. Whether it’s volunteering for political campaigns or a strong academic standing as I complete my undergraduate degree in History and Political Science this fall, Mikva’s impression on me is apparent now more than ever. In 2013, I was hired in a professional capacity to help facilitate our internship program that is geared toward having students work in the offices of elected officials for an entire summer and learn about the functions of local government. Since then I have contributed, both large and small, to the progression of our mission. Whether it’s talking with interns in their offices making a difference on the frontlines, witnessing students campaign their hearts or running to Target to buy office supplies and coffee creamer, every moment has had a positive impact on me and for the lives of Chicago’s youth. Donating to this cause will help empower young people to make a difference in their communities and foster the development of the necessary skills and knowledge to be phenomenal citizens!