IUPUC youth civics program gets humanities grant

Pictured are the exteriors of the IUPUC building and the Columbus Learning Center on Oct. 26, 2017. IUPUC will host a youth civics engagement program in June.

A civics education program for rising fifth- through ninth-graders at IUPUC has received a $3,000 grant from Indiana Humanities.

The grant will help with costs of iEngage Indiana Civics Institute: A Civics Summer Camp for Rising 5th- to 9th-Grade Youth that will take place at IUPUC in June.

Indiana Humanities described the program as a free five-day civics day camp that provides youth with an opportunity to learn how to make a difference in their school, neighborhood and community. iEngage will focus on developing young people’s civic and political competence and strengthening their community and political engagement through inquiry-based civics projects in which they research and act upon local community issues.

The grant was one of 15 action and historic preservation grants totaling $40,000 announced this week by Indiana Humanities to assist in providing Hoosiers with access to humanities programs, including culture, history and literature projects.

Other programs that received grants include a panel discussion exploring Free People of Color (FPOC) who came to Indiana during the early pioneer period (1820-1849) and established communities such as Roberts Settlement in Noblesville.

“The grants we’ve awarded during the first quarter of 2023 will support new programs and projects that bring Hoosiers together across the state for critical discussions about a wide range of topics,” said George Hanlin, director of grants at Indiana Humanities. “From projects about Black Hoosier History to civic engagement, we’re excited to help bring to life diverse public humanities programs.”

For more information about the grants and Indiana Humanities, visit indianahumanities.org.