Customize a Virtual Program

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

Select from one of our pre-designed virtual programs or collaborate with our team to shape a custom program. Here are a few examples of how schools partner with Close Up:

  • Capstone Project Week (J-Term for 100 9th Graders): In a week-long community engagement program based on the IMPACT curriculum, students work in teams to address a national issue and design an action plan.
  • Reimagining a DC Trip (8th Grade Class): Rather than travel, students meet virtually to investigate key issues, participate in a legislative simulation, and speak with their member of Congress.
  • Grade-Wide Retreat (10th and 11th Graders): This engagement program launches the school year, giving students opportunities to talk about social and political issues, develop a sense of civic responsibility, and learn to facilitate important discussions in their community.
  • Teacher Training and Program Curriculum: Close Up’s teacher training program includes how to use our action-civics curriculum in a four-week program for their high school students.

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.

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Classroom Exchanges

Connect Classrooms to Discuss Current Issues

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Empowering Girls' Voices Middle School

Creating the Next Generation
of Change-Makers

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Empower Youth Voices

Confront Challenges Facing Our Democracy

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

Stanford University Programs

Learning Deliberative Democracy

Close Up’s programs with Stanford University encourage students to engage in thoughtful 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 >