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 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 is a positive experience for students…
seeing themselves as having the power to influence the democratic process.
Close Up is AMAZING…
I could not recommend it more highly. I took a group of 10 juniors as a first year teacher and all nerves I had were alleviated by my rep and the organization itself. It was THE smoothest process and week ever. You should never pass up an opportunity to experience Close Up!!!
Close Up brought me CLOSER to politics…
the entire notion no longer seemed obscure. I became very involved in politics on the local and national level.