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Proviso East Students Foster Civic Leadership

Proviso East has been invited to join the Mikva Challenge-Students in Action, a nonpartisan organization that helps develop civic leadership among high school youth.

Mikva challenges high school students throughout Chicago to be active participants in the political process through elections, activism and policy-making programs. Mikva Challenge currently works with 58 schools in the city of Chicago and is expanding their program to area suburban high schools.  Proviso East was selected as one of the pilot schools for Mikva’s  expansion.

“This program gives students who are interested in government or those who are simply interested in being governed by elected officials who respond to their values and needs, an opportunity to work for candidates, attend election forums, intern in public offices, and share ideas with students from neighboring schools,” said Proviso East social studies chair Mrs. Rosella May-Hartwell.

Proviso East students attended an “Elections in Action Kick-Off” event on October 12th, at the Prairie lakes Community Center in Des Plaines where they  had an opportunity to meet with campaign workers from across the state.

The students will participate in future events. In December they’ll meet Illinois’ gubernatorial candidates for a question-answer session.  They expect to meet with local District 7 candidates and share their concerns.  Some of the students will work as election judges in the upcoming primary elections in February.

The students are being sponsored by Mrs. Rosella May-Hartwell (social studies department chair) and Ms. Lynn Harris (activities director and social studies instructor).

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