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New study shows benefits of summer civic engagement initiative

July 17, 2013 – The nonprofit Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP) released today the National 2012 Summer of Service (SOS) Program Evaluation Report. The SOS initiative engages economically disadvantaged middle school youth as community problem-solvers in six weeks of civic involvement, arts-based education, team-building recreation, and academic skill-building activities. School- and community-based summer enrichment providers in New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina and Washington participated in the study which tracked the academic, social and civic development of nearly 400 yout