Close Up programs help students and teachers engage with policy and media experts, advocacy and NGO leaders, and educational institutions to gain insights on history, government, and public policy. Either by collaborating with Close Up on our DC-based programs, creating a specialized program or serving students locally in their communities, our program partners help provide opportunities that help young people better understand and critically think about the important issues facing our democracy.
To learn how you can partner with Close Up please contact us at email@example.com.
The Close Up Foundation is the official education partner of A Starting Point (ASP). Close Up and ASP will launch a nationwide civic engagement initiative to enhance resources available to schools during virtual learning and help educate the next generation on pressing issues in hopes to increase participation in our democracy. Additionally, the platform will combine Close Up’s 50 years of experience and ASP’s mission to create connectivity and dialogue between students and their elected representatives.
Student Reporting Labs (SRL) is a national youth journalism program and public media initiative that trains teenagers across the country to produce stories that highlight the achievements, challenges, and reality of today’s youth. Close Up has partnered with SRL to provide civically-engaged students with the video production and storytelling skills to highlight diverse youth perspectives on pressing issues facing our country.
On December 8 at 7pm (EST), students will showcase their videos and the SRL team and Close Up’s Curriculum team will share how educators can get involved.
Our unique educational partnerships in Washington, DC, provide participants with critical insights from education, media, and policy experts.
We draw on the expertise of our many partner institutions to provide guest speakers, demonstrations, and simulations designed to provide unique first-hand learning experiences for students and educators on program.
Utilizing partnership workshops, seminars, and on-site study visits, teachers gain valuable tools and resources to bring back to the classroom as well as opportunities for academic and professional development.
Partnering with Congress
Connecting students with elected officials provides an opportunity for them to practice critical citizenship skills and discuss the important issues impacting their lives and communities. Each year, Close Up facilitates more than 1,100 meetings with their members of Congress for participants in our Washington-based programs. We are also proud to have the following current and former members of Congress as Close Up alumni:
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Close Up partners with a variety of organizations to conduct programs that inspire and empower young people to become engaged citizens. Through Close Up’s nonpartisan approach and expertise in designing effective middle and high school programs for students, we help our partners target special communities and constituents, explore specific policy issues, and invest in leadership opportunities for young people.
Featured Civic Education Partners
Close Up partners with several organizations to create opportunities and resources for civic education, to promote high quality civic learning, and to amplify our voices as committed advocates for civic education and social studies.
Close Up local programs were created to allow students and teachers to focus solely on state and local government issues by implementing programs in state capitals across the country.
We run programs for both middle and high school students in various states. Our middle school programs are designed to bring the democratic process alive for students by providing hands-on opportunities to examine the history and government of their state and deepen their understanding of how the three branches of government interact. Our high school programs provide students the opportunity to research and develop robust investigations into issues they identify in their communities, generate new policies or amendments, and meet with public officials and stakeholders to advance their Youth Agenda for Action.
Through these locally-based initiatives, we help students begin to develop the skills needed to make a difference in their own communities. To learn how you can work together with us in creating a local program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.