March 9th, 2021 - NH Mikva Challenge Program Coordinator Amanda Maguire MC's the mainstage event.

The Mikva Challenge Project Soapbox is a public speaking curriculum that calls young people to speak out on issues that affect them and their communities. These powerful speeches have lasting, transformative impacts on classrooms, schools and communities.

We have been working with NH teachers to help them implement the Mikva Challenge in their classrooms. We are currently working with the following school districts: Groveton, Gorham, Littleton, Weare, Henniker, Pittsfield, Franklin, and Colebrook.

2022 NH Project Soapbox Mainstage

On May 12, 2022, ten New Hampshire student finalists presented their platforms which were reviewed by civic partners Peter Levine, Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Civic Life, Michael Haley Goldman, NH Humanities Executive Director, Marcus Smith, Mikva Challenge Board Member & Alum, and Dellie Champagne, Save the Children Action Network.

Watch the 2022 NH Project Soapbox Mainstage

2021 NH Project Soapbox Mainstage

On March 9th, 2021, twelve New Hampshire student finalists presented their platforms which were reviewed by civic partners including former Chief Justice John Broderick, First Lady Valerie Sununu, former NH Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes, and former NH Humanities Executive Director Anthony Poore. 

Watch the Mainstage Event video >>


Watch all NH student's individual soapbox speeches >>


More about the Mikva Challenge Program

NH Civics received a three-year service grant to work with six New Hampshire middle schools as they implement a proven civics curriculum, educator professional development, and youth leadership program: the Mikva Challenge.


This initiative is funded by the Bezos Family Foundation along with local NH organizations including the Tillotson Foundation, the NH Democracy Fund, and the Jameson Foundation. 


Learn more about the Mikva Challenge here:


Groveton, NH - A parent volunteer from Ms. Langkau's class created this soap box for student speeches. 



Sample soapbox speech from a Vermont high school student:

"In the 2016 presidential election, mind you, an election that affects every person, every being in the United States, the largest age group to make up voter turnout were ages 65 and up. How does this happen when they only make up 14% of the national population?

Only 14 out of our 50 states require students to take a civics course and exam. This reflects that civics education is lacking. If we live in a democracy, then we should know how to be civically engaged. We need to understand how so many of these elections and political systems in place DIRECTLY affect us....

We make up the majority, yet were underserved and underrepresented on a politically national level. This is because we don’t know how to make ourselves heard and it needs to start with education. Let’s learn how your government works and what you can do to be involved in that.

People think, what’s the point. Why would we do this if the world is going to blow up anyway? What does it matter if I don’t go to this protest? The point is that tomorrow, there will still be the problem. Tomorrow, the earth's average temperature will still be 2 degrees higher than it should be. Tomorrow, women will still have their scars and bruises from the unconvicted abuser and society’s sexist expectations. Tomorrow, I will still be a black female trying to make my college application shine and hope, and hope that I get a scholarship.

Look around you. This is a reflection of our society.

Know your rights. Know what you’re capable of. You’re more capable than an instagram post and a tag on Facebook.

I know you must be tired. Sleepless nights and tired bodies. But, people’s lives can’t wait for you to be awake!"

- Olivia Dixon

Von Steuben High School, 2020
Middlebury College, 2024

Our programs in action!

A large portion of my day is spent on video calls helping parents to teach their kids the right material. Because of all that I’m constantly looking for great online resources to share with the parents of the kids I work with and I came across your NH Civics page while looking up social studies resources. It’s been a great help and had a lot of great sites I could send the kids and their parents to for some extra material to work with. Just thought I should reach out and thank you for putting it all together!
- Thomas Johnson
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