A Starting Point Interest Form

The Close Up Foundation will serve as the official education partner of A Starting Point (ASP).

Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, ASP and the Close Up Foundation will launch a nationwide civic engagement initiative to:

  • Enhance resources available to schools during this unprecedented time of virtual learning;
  • Help educate the next generation of Americans on the most pressing issues of our time;
  • Bring lawmakers inside the classroom to deepen students’ understanding of U.S. government and politics;
  • Inspire active and informed participation in our democracy;
  • Create cross-cultural and interactive learning opportunities between different schools, communities, and states on issues surrounding government and politics.


ASP Chat is 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 will be streamed live on the ASP website.

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Close Up & ASP in the News

August 20, 2020 - Gray Television Washington News Bureau
August 14, 2020 - NBC TODAY
July 28, 2020 - ABC News Live
July 23, 2020 - Cheddar Politics
July 15, 2020 - ABC World News and America This Morning