What Happens Here Can Change Your World!

Close Up provides exciting hands-on programs and engaging classroom resources.

Since 1971, over 900,000 students and educators have participated in Close Up programs.

Our goals are to inspire students to find their unique voice and to help them develop the skills and awareness they need to be engaged citizens for a lifetime.

Close Up is selected as the official education partner for A Starting Point (ASP)!

This fall, we will launch a nationwide civic engagement initiative to enhance resources available to schools and help educate the next generation on pressing issues in hopes to increase participation in our democracy.

We are excited to announce the launch of ASP Chat, a new video series featuring conversations with U.S. lawmakers including questions from Close Up students that will premier August 17th in conjunction with the Democratic and Republican National Conventions! Each evening after the convention, ASP will interview a lawmaker and include questions from Close Up students and can be streamed live on the ASP website.


Become a part of history with Close Up!

Every four years, the eyes of the nation turn to Washington, DC, for the inauguration of our country’s president. With Close Up, you get the chance to experience the power of our democracy up close through one of our exciting programs:

  • Election Week: Watch the results from the 2020 election roll in live at an exclusive watch party in DC!
  • Presidential Inauguration: Witness the historic swearing in of the U.S. President and celebrate at an legendary Close Up Inaugural Ball!
  • President’s First Week: Examine the President’s agenda for their first 100 days in office, surrounded by the excitement and energy in our nation’s capital!

Experience everything DC has to offer with new friends from across the country. Space is limited, reserve your spot today!



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Explore on Student Program!

Make lifelong memories as you come face-to-face with the people and places that shape our nation, and discover how your voice can make an impact on American democracy.

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Connect on Teacher Program!

While students participate in hands-on learning experiences in the nation’s capital, teachers can connect with other educators from across the country on our one-of-a-kind Teacher Program in Washington, DC. 

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Enhance your classroom!

Close Up’s digital resource libraries and professional development workshops give educators the tools to facilitate learning, debate, and discussion while bringing their classroom to life.