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 programs this summer, check out the overviews below.
This is a free, week-long program that is open to middle school and high school students enrolled in PGCPS. Both the middle school and high school programs will take place at the University of Maryland in College Park, on-site and in person. There will be bus pick-ups and drop-offs across the school district to transport students to and from the program each day.
Students choose to attend one of the following two sessions:
Throughout the program, students will discuss important issues (such as criminal justice, health care, and education) with peers, practice civic literacy skills, attend seminars with policy experts and community stakeholders, and take field trips into DC to visit monuments, memorials, and colleges. Along the way, they can earn service-learning hours and win fun prizes!
Other important dates:
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. All program sessions are virtual.
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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.