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.

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Virtual Learning with Close Up!

It’s more important than ever to help young people connect to the world around them, develop a sense of community, and learn how to make an impact on the issues that matter most to them. Close Up has a variety of virtual offerings to support students and educators during this time of distance learning.

Virtual Programs – Led by Close Up Instructors, these student engagement experiences ensure that the upcoming school year is rewarding, empowering, and full of genuine student connection.

Current Issues Resources – Our innovative digital libraries are designed to provide comprehensive and balanced resources that easily integrate current issues into the virtual classroom.

Professional Development – Through live and on-demand sessions, teachers gain the skills, tools, and strategies needed to successfully facilitate discussions of controversial issues in the classroom.

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.



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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.


Enrollment for our 2021/22 programs is now open!