iEngage Summer Civics Institute is a five-day civics day camp designed to help students learn how to make a difference in their neighborhood, school, and community. Participants build important leadership skills through interactions with local civic leaders, simulations, and service-learning. Activities for students include spending time at the Baylor Law School learning about the legal process, participating in a mock trial presided over by a local judge, visiting with other local and state officials, researching local community issues, playing iCivics games, and engaging in service learning. During the institute students create an advocacy project and website for a community issue they research and discuss. The institute culminates as students’ share their service-learning projects with family and community members. By spending a week immersed in learning civic principles and engaging in fun, age-appropriate civic activities students gain valuable civics content knowledge and apply this knowledge in real world setting.
This free institute is generously funded by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation. This site showcases the advocacy projects and blogs completed by iEngage participants. In the following pages you will find details about the institute as well as samples of student projects. For more details about this institute feel free to contact Karon_Lecompte@baylor.edu or Brooke_Blevins@baylor.edu.