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Our virtual programs are designed to be flexible, making them easily adaptable to any schedule or learning goals. All programs are facilitated by Close Up instructors, who are experts in leading student discussions, building inclusive communities, and connecting students with the world around them. 

Select from one of our pre-designed programs or collaborate with our team to shape the program. Here are a few examples of how schools have partnered with Close Up to create meaningful virtual opportunities: 

  • Capstone Project Week (J-Term for 100 9th Graders): Building off of our IMPACT action-civics curriculum, this week-long community engagement program gives students an opportunity to work in teams to address a pressing national issue and design an action plan. Check out projects from past IMPACT programs! 
  • 8th Grade Class (Re-imagining a DC trip): This program gave middle school students a chance to investigate key current issues, participate in a legislative simulation, and speak with their Member of Congress or Congressional staff. Check out a sample schedule! 
  • Empowering Girls’ Voices (9th and 10th grade DEI program at an all-girls school): Students worked to build an inclusive community, participated in sessions on political values, learned and deliberated about critical policy issues, and considered ways to take-action on the issues that matter most to them. Check out our Empowering Girls’ Voices: Deliberation Series. 
  • Grade-Wide Retreat (Program for 10th and 11th grade): This program launched the school year with opportunities for students to make informed judgements about social and political issues, develop a sense of civic responsibility, and learn to facilitate important discussions within their community.  
  • Inspiring Civic Action (Teacher Training and Program Curriculum): For this program, Close Up trained teachers to use our action-civics curriculum during a four-week program for their high school students. The curriculum was designed to help students develop the skills to analyze, deliberate, and take-action on local community issues. 

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EXPLORE ALL VIRTUAL PROGRAMS:

 

IMPACT

Build Civic Leadership Skills

IMPACT programs allow students to build a community with their peers nationwide, examine current policy challenges, and learn how to become leaders and ambassadors for civic action in their own communities. Learn More >

Classroom Exchanges

Connect Classrooms to Discuss Current Issues

Classroom Exchanges gives students the opportunity to interact with their peers nationwide and discuss current issues. Learn More >

Empowering Girls' Voices

Creating the Next Generation
of Change-Makers

For NCGS Network schools, Empowering Girls’ Voices will bring together students from around the world to build the skills needed to inspire others and become catalysts for change. Learn More >

Empower Youth Voices

Confront Challenges Facing Our Democracy

For Malone Schools, Empower Youth Voices inspires students to share their political values, deliberate critical policy issues, and build a virtual community. Learn More >

Stanford and Close Up Opportunities

Learning Deliberative Democracy

Stanford and Close Up programs encourage students to engage in meaningful discussions and address real-world issues through deliberative polling. Learn More >

Custom Virtual Programs

Looking for meaningful ways to engage your students virtually, build community, or reimagine service-learning opportunities? Learn More >

Over 93% of students said Close Up’s virtual programs…

helped them understand the importance of using their voice to make change in their communities.