Middle School


IMPACT programs, offered by Close Up and the National Network of Schools in Partnership, bring together middle school students from around the country at a time when young people are eager to connect across geographical and ideological divides. Through IMPACT, students discuss how to improve their communities, study the successes and setbacks of other young change-makers, collaborate with their peers to develop and present action plans, and cultivate leadership skills that will last a lifetime.

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Upcoming IMPACT Programs


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Build Civic Leadership Skills

IMPACT programs allow students to build a community with their peers nationwide, examine current policy challenges, and learn how to become leaders and ambassadors for civic action in their own communities. Learn More >

Classroom Exchanges

Connect Classrooms to Discuss Current Issues

Classroom Exchanges gives students the opportunity to interact with their peers nationwide and discuss current issues. Learn More >

Empowering Girls' Voices Middle School

Creating the Next Generation
of Change-Makers

For NCGS Network schools, Empowering Girls’ Voices will bring together students from around the world to build the skills needed to inspire others and become catalysts for change. Learn More >

Empower Youth Voices

Confront Challenges Facing Our Democracy

Empower Youth Voices inspires students to share their political values, deliberate critical policy issues, and build a virtual community. Learn More >

Stanford University Programs

Learning Deliberative Democracy

Close Up’s programs with Stanford University encourage students to engage in thoughtful discussions and address real-world issues through deliberative polling. Learn More >

Custom Virtual Programs

Looking for meaningful ways to engage your students virtually, build community, or reimagine service-learning opportunities? Learn More >