IUPUC to offer summer iEngage civic program

Pictured are the exteriors of the IUPUC building and the Columbus Learning Center in Columbus, Ind., Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017.

iEngage, a free weeklong camp for students in grades 4-8, will come to IUPUC this summer.

iEngage is a civics education program offered through the IU Center on Representative Government, founded by former Indiana congressman Lee Hamilton. The program is modeled after a successful program started at Baylor University a decade ago.

Graduates from Baylor’s iEngage program are more willing to stand up for causes they believe in. iEngage won the 2022 Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education, for having promoted, inspired, improved or led an innovation or accomplishment in the field of civics education.

The IUPUC program is co-directed by Serriere and Elizabeth Osborn, Ph.D., director of education at the Center on Representative Government. The program will run from June 26 to 30, and registration will open on March 15. Participants will work on dealing with an issue important to them and learn from local organizations who work to solve community issues.

iEngage is a free program and students will be provided lunch each day, transportation to and from the Foundation for Youth (FFY), and wrap-around care if needed.

iEngage has initial funding from the Bill and Norma Perry Memorial Fund, IU’s Center on Representative Government, Rick and Alice Johnson, and the Heritage Fund. Partners include IU’s Political and Civic Engagement program, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. and Foundation for Youth.

IUPUC is seeking additional donors to allow as many Bartholomew County students as possible to participate. Both monetary and in-kind donations, such as lunches from local restaurants are accepted. To donate to the iEngage program, visit go.iu.edu/iengagesupport.

To learn more about iEngage, visit go.iu.edu/iengage.