Close Up’s Program Instructors are the heart and soul of our programs and ensure students have a safe, rewarding, and fun experience!
They come from some of the nation’s top universities as well as from distinguished programs such as the Peace Corps, Teach for America, and AmeriCorps. Hailing from all over the country, our instructors have a wide range of expertise and work experience–many of them have taught overseas, interned on Capitol Hill, or hold a master’s degree or teaching diploma.
Our instructors have over 120 hours of curriculum and methodology training and are certified in First Aid and CPR.
Close Up instructors use lesson plans crafted to build students’ skills and dispositions for democratic engagement. In addition, reflecting on the new knowledge and skills that students build during program, they help participants reflect on their own political efficacy and assess their growth as powerful democratic citizens.
Close Up gave me the chance to have my voice heard, …
…and spend time with kids who had the same interest in our nation as I did, and grow and learn through debate and first-hand experiences. Close Up was amazing. I would go back in a heartbeat!
Close Up is a positive experience for students…
seeing themselves as having the power to influence the democratic process.
Close Up was the GREATEST experience of my life!..
It has inspired me to become a political leader in this great country. I have not only gained an even greater expansion of knowledge in the area of politics, but I have also gained lifelong friends.
Close Up made me realize how SIGNIFICANT my thoughts and views are…
Although everyone will not always agree, everyone has a voice and needs to be heard.