Driven by a mission to inspire young people to become active and engaged citizens, Close Up Foundation has served over 850,000 students and educators since 1971 - and our alumni network does not end there. We are proud to consider our Board members, guest speakers, former program instructors, staff, and educational partners lifetime members of the Close Up family. Their dedication and commitment has helped to serve our cause, enrich our programs, and fulfill our mission for over 40 years.

We are always excited to hear from our alumni! Our alumni come from all across the country and from all walks of life. In fact, twelve current members of the U.S. Congress are Close Up alumni! Please take a moment to register in our alumni database and let us know how your Close Up experience influenced and inspired you. By registering as a Close Up alumnus, you will have the opportunity to stay connected and receive the latest Close Up news and updates.

If you are interested in getting involved with Close Up as a program speaker, instructor, donor, or to offer students in your community the chance to experience Washington, DC with us, please contact us at We hope to hear from you!

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"I recently graduated with a B.A. in political science and am now working in the environmental non-profit field. I am planning on attending law school a year from now. The Close Up Program helped me realize how much I want to be a part of shaping government and politics. As a result, I am dedicating my life to public service."

   – Chyanne, Student, MO
Educating for democracy since 1971