Project Soapbox Partnership Amplifies Student Voice
MMSD middle and high school scholars participated in the Project Soapbox event March 24, a public speaking competition that highlights youth voices, hosted in partnership with the Mivka Challenge youth organization. Project Soapbox encourages students to develop and deliver a two to three-minute persuasive speech answering the question: “What is the biggest issue facing your community, why is it important, and what should be done about it?” Nearly 100 MMSD scholars presented their speeches during the virtual event, addressing a number of crucial topics including bullying, LGBTQIA+ rights, the criminal justice system, and more.
Judges determined a list of the top 10 speeches across the district, but all participants are automatically entered into a national Project Soapbox event, where the Mivka Challenge will choose 12 students from across the country to participate in a showcase this summer.
Project Soapbox is Mikva Challenge’s public speaking program 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.