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 Ambassadors Program (8th Grade)


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

Dates & Pricing

Mondays & Wednesdays | September 27 – October 13, 2021 | 6:15-7:15pm (EDT) / 3:15-4:15pm (PDT)
On Monday November 15, 2021, a final reflection and debrief will take place following student facilitated discussions at their schools.
Note: There will not be a session on October 11th.

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

This program session is exclusively for students in grade 8. You may nominate six 8th grade students (ages 13-14) to represent your school as civic ambassadors.

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


Space is limited. Please register by September 8, 2021 to confirm your participation.


Civic Leaders Program (6th & 7th Grade)


Students will build the foundational skills needed for active and engaged citizenship, share their stories, experiences, and ideas, explore the systems in place to support community members, and consider how people make an impact. Through these 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 community.

January 2022 – Details coming soon!


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.





Build Civic Leadership Skills

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Empowering Girls' Voices

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of Change-Makers

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