American Indian and Alaska Native Youth Summit

This program gives American Indian students the chance to travel, voice their opinions on community issues, and present their ideas to tribal leaders.

American Indian female student signing a book like founding father in Philadelphia Shadow

Learn to become a leader in your community!

During this six-day/five-night program, native youth develop the skills and attitudes to become active citizens in their tribes and communities. While exploring Washington, DC, students observe government officials and tribal leaders in action as they advocate for issues impacting Indian Country.  

With Close Up, students have the opportunity to: 

  • Engage in workshops with students from different tribal communities and discuss the most pressing issues facing those communities; 
  • Examine the historical relationship between tribes and the U.S. government; 
  • Explore current issues impacting Indian Country; and 
  • Create Tribal Action Initiatives to address their concerns and present them to tribal leaders, political experts, and policymakers. 

Participation in a Close Up program requires parent or guardian approval for any participant under 18 years of age. Learn how we keep all students safe, secure, and supervised on every program.




Washington, DC

Six-Day Program

Learn about American democracy first-hand during this in-depth exploration of the nation’s capital. Learn More >

Premier Election Series & Inauguration

Experience the excitement of the next presidential election and inauguration up close in Washington, DC! Learn More >

Customize a Program for Your School

Partner with Close Up to design a customized experience for your school! Learn More >

Washington, DC

Four-Day Program

Explore the capital city in a fast-paced, four-day adventure! Learn More >

Washington, DC & New York City

Examine the relationship between business and government while visiting two of America’s most important cities. Learn More >

Washington, DC & Williamsburg

Study the evolution of American democracy by stepping back in time in two historical cities. Learn More >

New Americans Program

Discover our nation’s diverse heritage in a DC program geared toward immigrant and migrant students. Learn More >

American Indian Focus Programs

Consider the issues facing Indian Country in one of three exclusive programs in the nation’s capital. Learn More >

NAIS Student Civic Leadership Summit

How can you create positive change in your school and local community? Learn More >

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