A community engagement experience

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Join us for Impact – a unique and engaging virtual program designed to help middle school and high school students develop the skills necessary to pursue a passion, tackle a community need, and form a network with other young leaders from across the country.

The National Network of Schools in Partnership (NNSP) and Close Up Foundation have partnered to offer Impact, a program designed to help young people connect to the world around them, develop their sense of purpose, and feel empowered to make a local impact on global issues.

Check out some of the Impact 2020 projects and hear what the students have to say about their experience!




IMPACT: Justice and Equity

This program, led by Close Up Instructors, gives students the opportunity to work in teams with diverse peers, hear inspiring stories from young activists on strategies and models of advocacy and activism, deepen their understanding of issues and root causes in their communities, and build a coalition of young leaders who are catalysts for change.


Spring Session**

  • High School | Every Thursday after school, April 15 – May 27, 2021 | 6:30-8:00pm (EST) / 3:30-5:00pm (PST)

Summer Session

  • High School | Monday, July 19 – Friday, July 23, 2021 | 12:00-4:00pm (EST) / 9:00am-1:00pm (PST)

Individual Student Cost: $300
Member Rate: $250 per student for NNSP members and Close Up schools (minimum of 3 students required). **Only available for the Spring Session. 

For questions about scholarship opportunities, or if your school/group is interested in customizing dates for an entire grade, a course, or a specific group such as student government or a club, please email



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




Community Engagement Experience

Impact is a unique and engaging virtual program designed to help middle and high school students develop the skills necessary to pursue a passion, tackle a community need, and form a network with young leaders from across the U.S.

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Student Voices

Debate and Discuss Current Issues

Student Voices is a virtual program where students will interact with their peers nationwide and learn about current issues.

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Empowering Girls' Voices

100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Empowering Girls’ Voices is a program that brings together students from schools nationwide to help them develop empathy for other perspectives, gain skills, and build confidence.

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Inspiring Civic Action

Confront Challenges Facing Our Democracy

Inspiring Civic Action is a virtual program where students can share their political values, deliberate critical policy issues, and build a virtual community.

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Stanford and Close Up Courses

Learning Deliberative Democracy

Stanford and Close Up courses allow students and educators to engage in meaningful discussions, and address real-world issues through deliberative polling.

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Custom Virtual Programs

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

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Over 93% of students said Close Up’s virtual programs…

helped them understand the importance of using their voice to make change in their communities.