National Youth Impact Summit

Join us this summer in Washington, DC!



With young people inspiring and mobilizing political movements across the globe, Close Up’s National Youth Impact Summit—developed in partnership with Stanford’s Deliberative Democracy Lab and the National Network of Schools in Partnership (NNSP)—will provide you with the tools, knowledge, and experience you need to become a powerful advocate and leader. Last year’s program welcomed students from 50 different schools across the country.

This immersive program will give you an unrivaled opportunity to meet and deliberate with other passionate high school students. Together you’ll develop a deep understanding of pressing national issues, deliberate to form lasting solutions, create a cohesive agenda for action, and learn how to effectively advocate for your proposals in front of public officials. Moving beyond political labels, you’ll come away from your experience with a nationwide network of fellow leaders, ready to make change at home.

During the 2022 National Youth Impact Summit, students worked in groups based on what they were passionate about and conducted research to create informed proposals to present to elected officials. Check out their Youth Agenda for Action to see their hard work!

Program Details, Dates, and Tuition


National Youth Impact Summit

The week-long National Youth Impact Summit equips you with the tools and knowledge to become a catalyst for change in your community. You will have the opportunity to network with a diverse group of peers from across the country and hear inspiring stories from young activists and policymakers on strategies and models of advocacy and activism. You will deepen your understanding of the characteristics and causes of pressing national issues, participate in a program-wide deliberation led by Stanford’s Deliberative Democracy Lab, work in small groups to create meaningful solutions, develop a cohesive Youth Agenda for Action, and meet with public officials to advocate for your proposals.


  • Dates: Saturday, July 22 – Saturday, July 29, 2023
  • Eligibility: Students who have completed 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade with an interest in current events, government, and/or public policy.    
  • Tuition: $2,750 per student (includes lodging, all meals, educational materials, and social activities)


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

Participation in a Close Up program requires parent or guardian approval for any participants under 18 years of age. 

A Typical Day on Program

Student Speaking Close Up Shadow


You’ll be immersed in the real world of decision-making, deliberation, and advocacy work with a diverse group of students from across the United States. You’ll hear directly from policy experts, advocacy organizations, and policymakers from both sides of the aisle; examine the complexities of policy issues that matter to you; and practice crafting persuasive arguments to support various positions. 

  • 8:00–9:00am: Breakfast 
  • 9:00am–12:00pm: Morning Workshops 
  • 12:00–1:30pm: Lunch 
  • 1:30–3:30pm: Afternoon Workshops 
  • 4:00–5:30pm: Guest Speakers and Off-Site Visits 
  • 6:00–7:30pm: Dinner 
  • 7:30–11:00pm: Social Activities 

Each weekday, workshops will include a mix of lectures, discussions, hands-on activities, and group work. After dinner, you’ll have a chance to participate in social activities and explore Washington, DC, with your peers and Close Up facilitators until curfew at 11:00pm. 



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