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Close Up Foundation is the leader in civic education, classroom discourse, and exciting hands-on student travel programs.

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Explore our experiential civics programs!

Since 1971, more than one million students and educators have participated in Close Up programs. Our mission is to inspire young people to find their unique voice and help them develop the skills and awareness they need to be engaged citizens for life. 

Join us to make lasting memories as you interact with the people, places, and institutions that shape our nation, and discover how your voice can make an impact on American democracy. 


We make elections relatable and teachable.  

Are you looking to make the most of this exciting election season? Close Up is engaging youth nationwide through our Premier Election Series programs in Washington, our Navigating Challenging Election Issues at School professional development for educators, and our free Election Toolkit of nonpartisan classroom resources.  


Introducing America in One Room: The Youth Vote!

This July in Washington, Close Up, the Deliberative Democracy Lab at Stanford University (DDL), Helena, the Generation Lab, and the Neely Center at the University of Southern California are partnering for a historic experiment in democracy. America in One Room: The Youth Vote will bring together a scientifically representative sample of 500 first-time voters to deliberate key policy issues facing the nation.