Prince George’s County Public School Programs

Civic Voices and Civic Leaders Program

PROGRAM STATISTICS: 96% of students gained an understanding of the major issues facing their community and saw a 1.5 letter grade improvement in civic literacy skills.

Created in partnership with Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), Close Up’s Civic Voices program for middle schoolers and Civic Leaders program for high schoolers are exciting opportunities for students to practice critical civic literacy skills, work with tutors for academic support, and earn service-learning hours along the way. Students will discuss the issues they care about, develop and practice the skills they need for quarterly assessments and state testing, and follow a curriculum that emphasizes constructed response, reading and writing comprehension, and building citizenship skills and democratic dispositions.

For more information on upcoming Civic Voices and Leaders programs this fall, check out the overviews below.



Program Details


Virtual After-school Program, Fall 2022/2023 

In this free, after-school program, PGCPS students will participate in several one-hour, online sessions over their chosen weeks. They will meet with their assigned group of peers and tutors 2-3 times per week in a 1:4 tutor-to-student ratio. Students will practice critical civic literacy skills while learning more about their community through issues they care about. All program sessions are virtual. Close Up has engaged 2,365 students (1,402 middle school, 963 high school) in PGCPS through the Civic Voices and Civic Leaders programs. 

Students choose to attend one of the following sessions: 

Middle School:

  • Session 1: October 12 – December 8, 2022  

High School:

  • Session 1A: October 13 – November 1, 2022 
  • Session 1B November 14 – December 8, 2022 


Other important dates:

  • Parent information Session: September 29, 2022 @ 6pm
  • Student Application Deadline: October 3, 2022 




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Help us recruit students and coordinate incentives for the students in your school. To become a Site Coordinator, you must be an educator at a Prince George's County Public School.
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Become a Program Tutor


Help empower youth voices within your own community! Work to help a generation of students take action and make change!

Our programs with PGCPS create community between students and educators. As a program tutor, you’ll have the opportunity to help students find their voice, deliberate and reflect on local government issues, and understand citizenship by using their media and literacy skills.