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.
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.
Close Up made me realize how SIGNIFICANT my thoughts and views are…
Although everyone will not always agree, everyone has a voice and needs to be heard.
Close Up gave me the chance to have my voice heard, …
…and spend time with kids who had the same interest in our nation as I did, and grow and learn through debate and first-hand experiences. Close Up was amazing. I would go back in a heartbeat!
I’m all pumped up from the program! …
I plan to speak to everyone about the experience for students here. The curricular component has been rigorous and productive.