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IU Northwest Kids College sessions planned in July

Citizenship camp, Police academy planned for July 15-26; basketball/leadership camp is July 22-26

Wednesday May 22, 2013

Kids between the ages of 10 and 13 are invited to attend Kids College at Indiana University Northwest in July, with two-week sessions planned on the topics of citizenship and law enforcement from July 15  to 26.

If athletics is more their interest, kids can choose to attend a basketball camp, scheduled for July 22 to 26.

Kids College offerings include:

Agent of Change: Become an Empowered and Knowledgeable Citizen

Monday through Friday, July 15 – 26
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Hawthorn Hall, room 107
Cost: $125

We all have the power and ability to create change in our community.  In this camp, youth ages 10 to 13 will learn what it means to be a change-making citizen.  They will actively engage in learning about their ability to have a voice in local, state and national government and they will learn how to use that knowledge to create a better community. The goal of this class is to empower students to participate in our democracy in order to create real change that is meaningful to youth and to the broader citizenry. 

Students will learn from local nonprofit, government, and school leaders. They will participate in group discussions, role-plays, and other interesting exercises.

Youth Citizens’ Police Academy

Monday through Friday, July 15 - 26
1 to 4 p.m.
Hawthorn Hall, room 107
Cost: $125

This course is designed to provide youth with an inside look at law enforcement. The purpose of the academy is to increase youth understanding of law enforcement through education and interaction with members of the IU Northwest Police Department. The academy gives our youth the opportunity to learn first-hand, in an educational setting, how the police department addresses issues facing youth today. 

This camp will include demonstrations, discussions, practical exercises and student participation to achieve a hands-on experience.

Basketball and Leadership Camp

Monday through Friday, July 22 - 26
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Savannah Center Gymnasium
Cost: $100

An experienced coach, former Lew Wallace High School All-American and Indiana All-Star, and former WNBA basketball player, Ms. Angela Hamblin, will guide youth in learning and refining their basketball skills while developing leadership traits that will assist them in and outside the game of basketball.

Registration Details

To register online, visit For more information, contact Sandra Hall Smith at or (219) 980-6978. All classes have a limited enrollment and are filled on a first-come basis.

Classes take place at the IU Northwest campus, located just south of I-80/94. From I-80/94, exit at Broadway South. From I-65, proceed west on I-80/94 and exit at Broadway South.

Parents and those bringing children to the sessions are welcome to wait in lounge areas in the library and in the Moraine Student Center as well as in the campus courtyard.  For information about parking policies at IU Northwest, including a new process for temporary permits, visit

About the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence (the Center)

The Center for Urban and Regional Excellence at Indiana University Northwest engages the university and the community in partnerships that jointly formulate programs and policies to support thriving Northwest Indiana communities. The Center works collaboratively with organizations in all sectors to address challenges and co-create solutions in diverse areas including economic development, government efficiency, nonprofit leadership development, public safety, transportation policy, environmental sustainability, health disparities, and arts and culture.

About Indiana University Northwest -- What Matters. Where it Matters.

As one of seven Indiana University campuses, IU Northwest leads the region as the premier, urban campus dedicated to serving the needs of more than 6,000 students from the state’s most diverse and industrialized region. Committed to helping its local Northwest Indiana communities thrive, IU Northwest is best-known for providing a personal, quality and affordable education close to home.  IU Northwest positions its students to be leaders with more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degree options available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest, which actively involves students in research and local healthcare needs through its four-year medical doctorate program. For more information, please visit

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