Students at Community Health Advocates School are not getting asked to get off their soapbox but rather to get on it.

For the past few weeks, students have been working on what have been dubbed “soapbox speeches” – powerful speeches ranging from 2-5 minutes about a topic of their choice. From homelessness to women’s rights, students have chosen to tackle a variety of national issues and bring clear calls to action to their fellow students.

Students performed their impassioned speeches in front of a panel of judges hailing from all types of workforce industries such as education, nonprofit, and media. These judges then rated each student’s performance as indicated on a rubric created by the Mikva Challenge.

After all students performed, judges then deliberated on winners for each cohort. Once all cohorts have presented, one winner will be chosen for the school and will have a chance to compete at the state level.