iEngage Summer Civics Institute at TCU

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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price speaks to iEngage students at City Hall.

TCU hosted the first ever iEngage Summer Civics Institute from August 1 through 5, 2016 with almost 50 6th-9th graders in attendance. Students learned about advocacy topics, listened to guest speakers like Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Texas Senator Konni Burton and Representative Craig Goldman, and worked in groups to complete a multimedia advocacy project and website.

More about iEngage

iEngage is a five-day day camp designed to help middle school students learn how to make a difference in their neighborhood, school, and community. Campers build important leadership skills through interactions with local civic leaders, simulations, and group projects. Camp activities include a visit to Fort Worth City Hall, visiting with elected officials, researching local community issues, and playing digital iCivics games. During the camp, students develop an advocacy project and website for a community issue they research and discuss.

The institute culminates as campers present their projects to family and community members. By spending a week immersed in learning civic principles and engaging in fun, age-appropriate civic activities, campers will gain valuable civics content knowledge have opportunities to practice what they learn.

This free institute is generously funded by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation and TCU’s College of Education. Special thanks to TCU College of Education alumna Cathy Estrada for providing funding for iEngage t-shirts.

Students, teachers, community members and the College of Education posted about the camp on social media using the hashtag #frogsengage.

Student advocacy projects