Every day, students from across the country join us in Washington, DC, to build the skills and dispositions of engaged citizens.
How do we do this?
On Close Up’s high school programs, students use the nation’s capital as a living classroom where they explore iconic sites and discover how the issues and ideals represented in them impact us today. Through facilitated debates and deliberations, students gain a deeper understanding of the current issues facing our country and learn the importance of civil discourse in a democracy.
Close Up delivers its world-class experiential curriculum through a staff of highly-trained, college-educated Program Instructors (PIs), each of whom works with a group of approximately 25 students throughout the week. It is in this intimate workshop setting that students work with their peers from across the country. Together, they create a learning community to share their perspectives on issues that matter to them and build connections between the content they learn and actions they can bring back home.
Students spend an unforgettable day on Capitol Hill, walking the halls of Congress and meeting with members and staff members of their congressional delegations. It’s an incredible opportunity for students to put their new skills to work and question representatives about current policy issues.
Students participate in onsite study visits and seminars at foreign embassies, government agencies, or advocacy organizations, giving them a glimpse of real-world policymaking and citizen action. Close Up partners with more than 150 organizations in Washington, DC, to offer these unique perspectives.
I learned that there’s a huge network of people with the same goals and drive as me…
and that our collaboration really could make a difference. It gave me hope for the future of our communities and our nation!
Close Up is a positive experience for students…
seeing themselves as having the power to influence the democratic process.
I plan to introduce Close Up’s professional development to the teachers I work with…
and use this as a part of my school’s requirement that students take action on issues of local, national, and international importance.
Close Up brought me CLOSER to politics…
the entire notion no longer seemed obscure. I became very involved in politics on the local and national level.