Prince George’s County Public Schools Programs

Civic Leaders


Civic Leaders | June 24-28, 2024

Created in partnership with Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), Close Up presents Civic Leaders for rising eighth-graders and rising 10th-graders. Civic Leaders will provide exciting opportunities for students to improve civic and political knowledge and efficacy, practice critical skills, and meet Maryland College and Career Ready (MCCR) Standards.  

Students will discuss the issues they care about and follow a curriculum that emphasizes building citizenship skills and democratic dispositions. Close Up instructors will facilitate the programs to help middle and high schoolers engage with their community and take part in persuasive writing and speaking activities about pressing current issues. 

For more information on upcoming Civic Leaders programs, check out the overview below. 


Program Details


Civic Leaders 

  • June 24-28, 2024  
  • Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm 
  • The middle school and high school programs will take place at the same time and at the same location, but the two programs will be hosted in separate spaces. 



  • Middle School: Students must be rising eighth-graders (currently in seventh grade).  
  • High School: Students must be rising 10th-graders (currently in ninth grade).  
  • Students must be interested in government and/or politics. 
  • Interested students must submit an application. Only students who are accepted will be able to attend.  
  • Those who participated in the fall 2023 or spring 2024 Congressional Simulation at the University of Maryland will receive priority in the application process. 




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