Empower Youth Voices:
Malone Schools Program


Now more than ever, young people want to play a pivotal role in confronting and developing solutions to the pressing challenges facing our democracy, including political polarization, mistrust of institutions and fellow citizens, and an information crisis caused by hyperpartisanship and a fractured media landscape. During this program, students from across the Malone Schools will deliberate about pressing national issues, explore the political and structural barriers to change in our country, deepen their understanding of existing campaigns for change, and create solutions across geographical and ideological divides.

*These programs are open only to students enrolled at Malone Schools. If you are not a Malone School, please email us at programsupport@closeup.org


About Close Up
About Malone Schools Online Network (MSON)

Winter Series: Justice, Equity, and Belonging


How can you create positive, systemic change in your school or local community?

Through this series of six online sessions facilitated by Close Up instructors, students will engage in inquiry and deliberation on an issue of their choice in order to understand the political and structural barriers to equity in education, health, and criminal justice and create a proposal of tangible action steps they can take at home. Past proposals have included recommendations regarding faculty diversity, representation in curriculum, and awareness.

Dates & Pricing

Tuesdays & Thursdays after school | January 25 – February 10, 2022 8:00-9:15pm (EST) / 5:00-6:15pm (PST)

  • Cohort of 6 Students: $1350
  • Individual Student: $250

This program session and special rate is exclusively for students enrolled at Malone Schools in the 9th and 10th grade. You may nominate six students to represent your school in an examination of today’s most pressing issues with students from across the country.      

Close Up and MSON are committed to equity and inclusion. If you require financial assistance, please contact Close Up at programsupport@closeup.org. 


Participation in a Close Up program requires parent or guardian approval for any participants under 18 years of age. 

If you have any questions, or if your school/group is interested in customizing dates for an entire grade or course, please contact us at programsupport@closeup.org.


Institute for Deliberative Democracy


What if, instead of looking to others for leadership, young people stepped up to communicate and compromise across differences in an effort to address societal challenges?

Join us this summer in Washington, DC at the Institute for Deliberative Democracy! Deepen your understanding of the characteristics and causes of pressing national issues, participate in a program-wide deliberation led by Stanford’s Center for Deliberative Democracy, work in small groups to create meaningful solutions, develop a cohesive Youth Agenda for Action, and meet with public officials to advocate for your proposals.


Participation in a Close Up program requires parent or guardian approval for any participants under 18 years of age. 

If you have any questions, or if your school/group is interested in customizing dates for an entire grade or course, please contact us at programsupport@closeup.org.


Past Programs


Series 1: Deliberative Democracy

How can young people engage on issues that matter to them and create a space for an informed exchange of ideas and perspectives? 

Through this series of six online workshops facilitated by Close Up, students will develop a deeper understanding of complex policy challenges facing the nation, connect those issues to long-standing values and tensions, and gain a rich understanding of the value of deliberation in a democracy. Students will examine three major policy issues, evaluate proposals that represent a range of viewpoints, and consider, as a group, how to best address these issues. After deliberating, and developing a better understanding of their own values and priorities, students will participate in a training to develop the facilitation skills to lead controversial issue discussions with peers and in their own school communities. 





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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.