Empowering Girls’ Voices NCGS Program:
Global Citizenship


Never has there been a more important time for young people to connect across distance and divides, engage with diverse perspectives, and understand pressing global issues. During the 2021-2022 school year, Close Up and the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools will bring together middle school students (ages 11-14) from around the world to build inclusive communities, develop the skills needed for active citizenship, and learn from the stories, the successes, and the setbacks of other young changemakers.

You must be an NCGS member school or attend an NCGS member school to participate in these programs. If you are not an NCGS member school or student, please email us at ncgs@closeup.org.


About Close Up
About the National Coalition of Girls' Schools
About Hockaday Institute for Social Impact

Civic Leaders Program (6th & 7th Grade)


The Civic Leaders program helps middle school students build the foundational skills for active and engaged citizenship and consider how people make an impact by examining case studies of young activists who have affected change in their communities. Through this series of four online workshops, students will learn that there are many pathways to change, and consider what strategies they might use to address an issue they care about in their own local community. 

Dates & Pricing

Mondays & Wednesdays after school | January 24 – February 2, 2022 | 6:15-7:15pm (EST) / 3:15-4:15pm (PST) 

  • Cohort of 6 Students: $1200 per NCGS member school
  • Individual Student: $250

This program session is exclusively for students in 6th and 7th grade (ages 11-13). You may nominate six students to represent your school as civic leaders.

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



Girls’ National Youth Summit (Rising 8th & 9th Grade)


This four-day Youth Summit in Washington, DC, will bring students together to hear inspiring stories from young female activists about models of advocacy and activism, enhance their understanding of community issues and root causes, evaluate proposals that represent a range of viewpoints, and consider, as a group, how to best address those issues.

In order to be eligible for the Girls’ National Youth Summit in Washington, DC, students must attend at least one of the online series and be a rising 8th or rising 9th grader (ages 13-14).

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 ncgs@closeup.org.


Past Programs


Fall Civic Ambassadors Program (8th Grade)

Through this series of six online civic engagement workshops facilitated by Close Up instructors, students built relationships with their peers across the world; connected their experiences and personal stories to ongoing political debates and policy deliberations; and returned back home to share what they have learned as civic ambassadors of their school communities.





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.