A major focus of education is to prepare young people for their roles as global citizens in a democracy. During the 2021-2022 school year, Close Up and the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools will bring together high school students (ages 14-18) from across North America to build the tools and knowledge to meaningfully engage with complex global problems and become catalysts for effective local change. Over the course of the school year through a series of programs, students will deliberate on pressing global issues, explore political and structural barriers to equity, deepen their understanding of existing campaigns for change, and work together to create meaningful solutions.
How can you engage on controversial issues that matter to you and build empathy for diverse ideas and perspectives?
Through this series of six online sessions facilitated by Close Up instructors, students will develop a deeper understanding of the complex policy challenges facing North America, connect those issues to long-standing values and tensions, and come to appreciate the value of deliberation in a democracy. Together with their peers nationwide, students will examine three major policy issues; evaluate proposals that represent a range of viewpoints; and consider, as a group, how to best address those issues. After developing a better sense of their own values and priorities, students will participate in a training to develop facilitation skills to lead controversial issue discussions in their own school communities.
Dates & Pricing
Mondays & Wednesdays | October 25 – November 8, 2021 | 8:00-9:15pm (EDT) / 5:00-6:15pm (PDT)
On Wednesday, December 8, 2021, a final reflection and debrief will take place following student facilitated discussions at their schools.
This program session is exclusively for students in grades 9-12. You may nominate ten students to represent your school in an examination of today’s most pressing issues with students from across the country.
We recommend that students participate in both series 1 & 2; however, we know students have many commitments so it is possible to only participate in one session.
NCGS and Close Up are deeply committed to equity and inclusion. If you require financial assistance, please contact Close Up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can you create positive, systemic change in your school or local community?
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 campaigns for promoting COVID-19 vaccination in low-income communities.
January 2022 — Details coming soon!
This five-day Youth Policy Summit in Washington, DC, will bring together students nationwide and equip them with the tools and knowledge they need to become catalysts for change. Students will network with diverse peers; hear inspiring stories from young female activists about models of advocacy and activism; enhance their understanding of community issues and root causes; work in teams to craft policy proposals and meaningful solutions; and have a chance to present their proposals to decision-makers on Capitol Hill.
In order to be eligible for the Youth Policy Summit in Washington, DC, students must attend at least one of the online series.
June 2022 — Dates and pricing coming soon!
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 email@example.com.
Learning Deliberative Democracy
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.