Current Partnerships

Close Up is honored to partner with a variety of organizations and individuals who help enhance the educational experience of our programs.


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.

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Close Up’s Partnership with A Starting Point

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.


Educational Partnerships

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.

Ben Sasse talking with students Shadow

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:

Current Members Former Members
  • Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-PA)
  • Sen. James Lankford (R-OK)
  • Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI)
  • Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC)
  • Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA)
  • Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO)
  • Rep. Steve Horsford (D-NV)
  • Rep. Dustin Johnson (R-SD)
  • Rep. Lizzie Pannill-Fletcher (D-TX)
  • Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI)
  • Rep. Michael San Nicholas (D-GU)
  • Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND)
  • Rep. Pat Fallon (R-TX)
  • Rep. Nikema Williams (D-GA)
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
  • Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)
  • Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL)
  • Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)
  • Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH)
  • Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN)
  • Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT)





Partnership Programs

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.

Bank of America: Student Leaders Summit
Georgetown University: Leaders in Advocacy Academy
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute: R2L NextGen
American Civil Liberties Union: Summer Advocacy Institute
Freedom Forum: Free Spirt and Journalism Conference
American Bar Association: National Civics & Law Academy
Una Chapman Cox Foundation: Diplomacy Seminar
National Geographic: GeoChallenge
Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) Youth Leadership Academy

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.

AllSides for Schools
CivXNow Coalition
Teaching for Democracy Alliance